Rhode Island Fishing Report-
BY WILL SIROTNAK | FEBRUARY 23, 2017 | RHODE ISLAND.
The Frances Fleet in Narragansett got beat up pretty bad by the weather last week, but things took a turn for the better last weekend. The weather finally started to settle on Saturday and Captain Mike reported vastly improved fishing. High-hook took home five thick keepers, and just about everyone on board went home with two to four apiece. The springlike weather on Sunday brought about the best results of the past week, when Mike was able to locate a big, tight pile of fish. High-hook went home with 7 keepers, 3-4 fish per angler were common, and the pool fish climbed into the mid-teens. Trips on Monday and Tuesday were a bit less successful than the weekend, but results were still good with 2-4 fish per angler and pool fish to 8 pounds. It seems that the warmer days have been the best for finding a nice glut of fish and the weather over the next week looks outstanding. Trips will continue to sail daily at 5 AM, and the ticket booth will be open at 4 AM each day.
Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, reports that the warming trend has brought out anglers targeting schoolie striped bass. The schoolie bite is generally much better on these warm days, and fish are being reported in the Providence River and Pawcatuck River. Carp anglers are also taking advantage of the nice weather, and the bite is said to be very good in the Blackstone River. Trout are still biting good in most of the TMA’s, and the open trout lakes/ponds should all be free of ice. The most exciting news of the week was a few sightings of river herring moving up the coast, with some being spotted as close as Ohio Ledge. We are getting close to their annual arrival time, and with prolonged periods of 50-65 degree weather, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them in their runs even earlier than usual.
Rhode Island Fishing Report
It appears that our mild winter may be nearing an end, bringing about an early spring. Holdover striped bass are active in just about all of our large tidal rivers, and it will be no surprise if the river herring arrive a bit ahead of schedule as well. I don’t anticipate seeing them in the runs this week, but it would be no surprise if a few of the early arrivals are here the first week of March. Freshwater fishing for pike and perch in the Connecticut River should hit its peak in early March, and the early spring is only going to make it easier to target them. Trout will be active in all of our TMAs, and the last few weeks of strong cod fishing will require much less warm clothing than usual.