In 2017, we will be experiencing our third season of the implementation of slot limits for breeding class striped bass that come every year to the Hudson River to spawn. For those who are new to this, the slot limit is set from 28”- 40” and works as such that any stripers that are within this slot must be released unharmed back into the river. So, how has it been working?
Westerly Marina has now introduced a unique way of boaters saving time in getting supplies for their Saturday morning spring refurbishment. Bottom paint, teak cleaner, zincs, wiring, props and a wide variety of necessary items to get their boat ready for early spring can be order during the week, cutoff is Thursday at 3 PM and have everything ready for quick pickup early on Saturday morning.
Captain John Matthews of Halfmoon Charters will present a candid discussion of the Hudson River Striped Bass fishery. Captain John will discuss the remarkable story of the recovery of the Hudson River striped bass population which was long ago devastated by pollution and over-fishing. John has lived on or close to the shores of the Hudson his entire life.
No question about, this is going to be an early spring boating season, despite the infrequent cold snaps hitting between the highs of sixty degrees the sun is so strong that we now have it made, Spring is here for sure.
Ninety or so miles north of New York City or “Mannahatta” (as the indigenous peoples called it) lies the waterfront town of Kingston, nestled comfortably in Ulster County along the shores of the majestic Hudson River and the Rondout Creek.
Norrie Point Marina, located within Mills-Norrie State Park in the Town of Hyde Park, will open early for striped bass fishing, subject to weather conditions. While the official operating season for the marina is May 1 to Oct. 31, marina staff will attempt to open the marina by the middle of April to coincide with the beginning of striper season. Boaters are encouraged to call the marina at 845- 889-4200 to confirm the operating schedule in April.