Shoreline Fishing Locations
The Hudson River Fishermens
Association has been working for Public Access to the shoreline of the Hudson River since
its inception. There was a time when all you found along the waters edge were
burned out abandoned piers and skeletons of factories gone bad. The River and the
shoreline were dying. Pollution flowed past the remnants left from an industrial age long
gone. Times change and residential waterfront property became very desirable and valuable.
The cleaner the river got, the property values grew. Developers began the condo explosion.
The more residents of these expanding condos...the more shopping malls were needed.
Some farsighted officials of the NJ DEP and the HRFA NJ, and the state,
not wanting the developers to cut off the river from the people, initiated a law which
stated anyone wanting to develop property at the waters edge, would have to comply
with a new Walkway Regulation. The Hudson River Walkway was to be built, by the developers
on the property thirty feet wide along the waters edge. All the property along the
shoreline of the Hudson from the Bayonne Bridge to the George Washington Bridge would be
linked by this walkway. This opened up the shoreline for people to enjoy and one of those
enjoyments is fishing.
|The man responsible for this pushing this walkway was Mr. William
Neyenhouse of the NJ DEP. His official title was "Hudson River
Bill would talk with HRFA NJ members and get
feedback on locations and problems. He would ask us about fishing piers and what we
thought would make up a good fishing pier.
The Public Trust Doctrine states that
the Waters, the Rivers, the fish that swim in these rivers belong to the people of this
nation. No one has the right to deny this access to the people. Developers
must provide access. This is what Mr. Neyenhouse has made possible for all of us to
enjoy. This walkway is the direct result of his persistence in forcing developers
and municipalities to comply.
Many places along the Hudson River shoreline and the Walkway can be
fished. Some locations hold concentrations of fish more than others. The shape of the
land, depth, underwater structure and current all play a part of whether location holds
fish or not. The locations listed in this pamphlet are among the best places that hold
fish along the Hudson River shoreline. The information gathered is from interviews with
many members of the Hudson River Fishermens Association and their many years of
fishing these shores.
Times are important to all our fishing. Time of day, time of year, time
of tide, time left on the parking meter, what time did I tell my wife Id be home?
What time did Tony tell me he did so well at this very same spot?
Many fish of the Hudson are cyclical. They are migratory. Some fish
stay in the river all year long. Some are ambush feeders and some are built for speed.
Some are masters of surprise. They all have to eat. Our job is to out fool these creatures
into thinking our bait is a piece of food. Our objective, as the top species of the food
chain...is to be able to outwit a species with a brain less than 1/25 the size of the
humans. To outwit a species that doesnt reason but only uses reflexes.
Sometimes thats tougher than others.
Try some of these spots...and try to leave them cleaner than you got
These locations are constantly changing and being
updated. As our members fish and find more locations, they will be posted.
This listing is placed on this site in coordination with the HRFA NJ Access Brochure which
is available in printed form at our general meetings.
Star symbols represent a rating as to how
our members classify these locations.
Better Fishing ¶¶ Excellent Fishing ¶¶¶
|Alpine Boat Basin
|Ross Dock / G.W
Fort Lee, NJ
Edgewater, N. J.
|The Binghamton Restaurant
|The Chart House /
|14th Street Pier
|Castle Point / Frank
Hoboken, N. J.
West New York, N. J.
Jersey City, NJ
Tips For Tackle
The rules for the proper tackle are general.
Basically if your tackle selection is limited, by all means fish with whatever you have.
However the shoreline fishermen have a few tips to make your angling experience more
enjoyable and rewarding.
For the larger fish, meaning striped bass and bluefish, you might want
to use a 7 to 9 foot medium action graphite rod. The size line can range from
15 to 30 pound test with a good capacity salt water reel. The rod & reel set-up should
be able to cast from a one to three ounce sinker. Beginning fishermen might choose a
spinning outfit as opposed to a bait casting outfit, but that will be determined by the
individual anglers preference. Fish what you feel comfortable with. If you find
bluefish in the area, you might want to put on some wire leader to prevent getting bit
For the smaller species in the river, Tommy cod, white perch, and
catfish, I would recommend a smaller outfit. I would suggest a rod of 5 1/2 foot to 7 foot
spinning rod with medium action and 6 to 10 pound line.
If you are unaccustomed to these explanations of the equipment, I would
recommend stopping by one of the local tackle shops listed in this pamphlet and let them
set you up with the proper outfit. The stores recommended will know exactly what you need
to fish the Hudson.
Sandworms are the most popular bait on Hudson.
Bloodworms work also but seem to be more popular in the northern areas of the River. In
the lower Hudson, sandworms seem to be the more productive of the two types of worms.
These baits will work for Stripers, Blues, Perch, Tommy Cod and Catfish. Grass shrimp, if
you can find them, are great live lined for crabs. Later on in the season, live bunker
(menhaden) is one of the best baits you can use for big blues and stripers. Live bunker
can be caught by a snagging technique used in the inlets and coves along the shoreline of
the river. Many of the boat basins and marinas are excellent spots for catching live
bunker. Fresh and frozen bunker are available from the local tackle shops. Moe of
Moes Tackle, in Jersey City, catches his own bunker so I know that's fresh. The
fresher the bait the better. Frozen or fresh bunker is cut into strips and put on the hook
using a fish finder rig. The fish finder rig allows the fish to pick up the bait without
feeling any resistance. My favorite bait on the river is the live eel, when you can get
them. Big stripers love eels. Danny at the Outdoorsman in Palisades Park generally stocks
a good supply of live eels later on in the season ( late August thru November ). Theyre
a little tough to work with but they do get results. The downside is theyre
expensive. About $2.00 and eel. However...when you think about all the money you
spend to catch a fish... $2 seems cheap.
Fishing the Hudson
The best piece of advice I can give to anyone
wishing to fish the Hudson River is to pay attention to currents. Whether fishing from the
shoreline, or from a boat, the key piece of information to pay attention to, is currents.
Depending on the tide, the currents in the Hudson can flow to the North or to the South.
This determines why a fish will be in a particular location or not. Many of the locations
pointed out in this brochure refer to tidal conditions.
H.R.F.A. members will study the tide charts of a particular area to see
where the fish might be at a given point of the tide. Tide reports can be obtained from
various publications or tackle shops in the area.
Water temperature also plays a roll in fishing the Hudson but is
usually a determining factor in which species might be present or not. Migrating
fish species will be following their favorite bait fish which will be following water
temperatures very closely.
The premiere sportfish of the Hudson River is the striped bass. These
fish are structure oriented. They feed by ambush. Understanding this is of particular
importance when trying to outwit and catch these creatures. The large pectoral fins and
broad tail, enable this species to be in control, in heavy current while other
species (the baitfish) may not. Compare the fins to that of the bluefish whose forked tail
is built for speed for out running its prey. With the feeding habits and body design
in mind, pick the fishing locations with somewhat of current break, or structure, and cast
your bait. When you catch a fish, make a note of when you caught it...date, time, tidal
conditions (incoming? outgoing?), water temp, etc.
It takes some time, but before long, you too, will have your favorite
Feel free to send me feedback on these and other
locations you have used along our river. I will leave links on all our location pages for
you to e-mail your comments.
See you on the water.
Capt. Charles Stamm, HRFA,