Rhode Island Fishing Report
BY JIMMY FEE -On The Water
Fluke fishing was hot on the Frances Fleet this week, with several anglers catching limits and everyone enjoying fast action with throwback fish. The pool winner on Wednesday was a healthy 4.5 pounds.
Peter at the Saltwater Edge reported big stripers in the bays, both Narragansett and Mount Hope. Live bait is best, but artificial lures like the Sebile Stick Shadd are working as well. Peter said the fish have been moving around the bay, so the hotspots have been changing with the tide. There have also been some massive bluefish around feeding on the thick schools of bunker currently roaming the bay.
At Ocean State Tackle, Dave reported stripers to 33 pounds in the Providence River. The abundance of baitfish has actually made the fishing a little tough as bass have been wallowing in dense schools of bunker. Dave said Mount Hope Bay is also holding bait and fish. Fluke are being caught in Greenwich Bay and at the edges of the shipping channel in Narragansett Bay. Scup just moved into Narragansett Bay, and fishermen are catching 20 to 25 fish apiece when targeting the silvery bottom fish. Off the South Shore, there are smaller stripers, but in good numbers. Dave said the top lures have been the large SP Minnow, the Al Gag’s Underspin, and the Yo-Zuri Mag Darter. Squid fishing has been okay according to Dave, but the fishing has been running hot and cold, with fishermen enduring long slow stretches between flurries of activity. Black sea bass season is open in Rhode Island, but Dave said few fishermen are targeting them just yet.
Freshwater fishing is also good Dave reported. Carp are biting well, and the largemouth bass fishing is the best he’s seen in years. Fishermen using shiners are catching big numbers of bass with some in the 4- to 7-pound range. Trout fishing is also benefitting from the cool and wet spring, with fishermen still catching 17- to 20-inch trout.
Mike at Watch Hill Outfitters said the fluke fishing is good, but anglers are finding them shallower than usual, especially off Fisher’s Island and Isabella. In the ponds, schoolies are feeding on spawning worms providing fun opportunities for fly and light-tackle fishermen. Mike made the crossing to Montauk and found good numbers of stripers and big bluefish. Locally, he’s seeing bunker, but said the water is still on the cold side.
Fishing Forecast for Connecticut and Rhode Island
If you want to connect with a big bass on bait, hit the Connecticut River or Narragansett Bay. To get it done with lures, head to the Race to three-way bucktail jigs.
Fluke fishing is improving in Connecticut, and it’s already good and getting better in eastern Rhode Island.