It’s important to note that while the action starts up in mid April and lasts well into late December, the striped bass season in New York opens May 8th and closes December 15th. Catch-and-release, however, is permitted throughout the year. While the size limit is 28 inches, keeping fish remains unadvisable. The New York State Department of Health recommends that no one should eat more than one meal per week (8 ounces) of striped bass taken from Jamaica Bay.
Fly-rodders wishing to try their luck from the shore should try:Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New YorkCanarsie Pier in Jamaica, QueensBreezy Point in Rockaway, New YorkAccess is by permit only. For info on obtaining permits call Gateway National Park Service at 718 318-4300.
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