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Shoreline Fishing Locations

The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association has been working for Public Access to the shoreline of the Hudson River since it’s inception. There was a time when all you found along the water’s 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 water’s 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 water’s 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 Walkway Coordinator."

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.

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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 Fishermen’s 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 I’d 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 human’s. To outwit a species that doesn’t reason but only uses reflexes.

Sometimes that’s tougher than others.

Try some of these spots...and try to leave them cleaner than you got there.

 

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.

Good Fishing        Better Fishing      Excellent Fishing

Piermont Pier

Piermont, NY

Alpine Boat Basin

Alpine, NJ

Spuyten Duyvil

New York

Englewood Boat Basin

Englewood, NJ

Ross Dock / G.W Bridge

Fort Lee, NJ

Veteran's   Park 

Edgewater, N. J.

The Binghamton Restaurant

Edgewater, NJ

The Crabhouse Restaurant

Edgewater, NJ

The Chart House / Riva Point

Weehawken, NJ

14th Street Pier

Hoboken, NJ

Pier A

Hoboken, NJ

Castle Point / Frank Sinatra Park

Hoboken, N. J.

The Pipeline

West New York, N. J.

Exchange Place

Jersey City, NJ

Caven Point

Jersey City Closed!

     

 

 

 

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 angler’s 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 off.

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.

BAITS

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 Moe’s 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 ). They’re a little tough to work with but they do get results. The downside is they’re 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 it’s 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 spots.

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.

Access@hrfanj.org

See you on the water.

Chas   <'////><

Capt. Charles Stamm,     HRFA, NJ