Spring may finally be arriving, as the first reports of river herring are trickling in; while the pike and perch action remains strong across both states.
Ocean State Tackle in Providence, Cesin Curi has been taking advantage of some of the great pike fisheries in the South Kingston area. On one trip this week he found numerous high 20-inch class fish, along with a beautiful 39-inch gator. Cesin had the most luck throwing large swim baits, but these fish will be plenty eager to eat big live or dead baits as well. Carp action has also been very strong in Rhode Island, and good action can be found within 10 miles or so of Providence. White perch and holdover striped bass are still biting in most of the usual haunts, and should remain steady in the coming weeks.
Captain Frank, of The Frances Fleet in Narragansett, was pleased to report that he was finally able to get out on the water last weekend. The month-long string of nor’easters resulted in one of the fleet’s longest spells of no fishing in recent memory. They were able to get out Saturday with a good group of anglers, and found some life in a few spots. A good amount of shorts dominated the catch, but a handful of nice keepers came over the rails as well. The weather didn’t cooperate quite as well for the rest of the week, but the fleet anticipates sailing on Saturday. They will not be sailing Sunday, due to the Easter holiday. They are also planning an overnight wreck trip on Friday if the conditions work out; there have been some good reports of cod on the offshore wrecks, so be sure to check with the office to confirm and book a spot.
Mike, at Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly, is now open for business for the spring season, and he will be open on Monday thru Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. He has been busier getting the shop ready for the season, than fishing, but he did hear some scant reports of good holdover fishing in the salt ponds and rivers, and that bite should intensify greatly as the river herring arrive in the coming weeks.
Source-On the water magazine