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Hudson River Stripers

by Pursue The Outdoors on January 4th, 2006 in Freshwater Fishing

Generally in about mid-April, some of the finest bass action on the Hudson River begins. Anglers come from around the world to do battle with the striper.

The striper is one of the two real bass—the other being a white bass—make there way from the Atlantic up the river to spawn (black bass are not real bass, they are actually a sunfish species).

The herring are the start, the chad follow, and then the stripers round out the food chain.

These fish are generlly caught in a couple diffrent ways. The first and most popular is with live herring. The second is with chunked herring or shad.


Just hooking into one will have you hooked for life. When the action is on you can expect the opportunity to hook into a hand-full a day. Even on the slow days we find that chad and herring rigs on light tackel can be almost as exciting.

The striper run generlly starts with the break in the weather around mid-April and runs through May. Late season we chase the out-going schools with chunk bait bouncing the bottom ahead of them.

2 Responses to “Hudson River Stripers”

  1. joel w carter sr Says:

    i read somewhere,where stripers have been caught on chicken livers. that person was fishing for catfish,and caught stripers instead.

  2. bryan Says:

    whats a chad ? lol

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