Rhode Island Fishing Report May 9, 2018

Published by MM Editor on Wednesday, 9th May 2018 - 5:46PM


Migratory striped bass are starting to show along the Rhode Island and western Connecticut shorelines, while the warm temperatures have everyone gearing up for the Connecticut fluke opener!

Frank E. Delmonico with a healthy holdover Matunuck Beach Striper

Captain Frank, of The Frances Fleet in Narragansett, reported that things are continuing to improve, both weather-wise and fishing-wise. The fleet managed to get out on the cod grounds last weekend and found a few fish. Water temperatures are still well below normal, so it has not been lock and load fishing, but things are certainly trending upward. The squid, and the fluke that will be following the squid may be a bit later this year, but the fleet plans to start sailing for fluke the first weekend of May. As always, check with the office ahead of time to double-check the schedule and reserve a spot. They also plan to add some squid fishing trips to the schedule when they show up; which is always a good time. If all goes well they will sail Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights for squid.

At The Seven B’s in Narragansett, the crew has been spending some of their down time getting the boats ready for the arrival of fluke season. They will begin sailing for fluke as soon as the fish start showing up and the bite gets going. Be sure to check with the office for updated sailing schedules.

Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, told me that the break in the weather really helped to improve the fishing in his area. The squid have shown up in Newport, and they have shown up in pretty good numbers, as a few anglers managed to fill up their bucket in pretty short time. Tautog activity has picked up quite a bit along the south coast near the Seekonk River, in the mid-bay and a few keeper fish at Beavertail. A good deal of bait has made its way up to the Hurricane Barrier, and as a results the school striped bass fishing has really gotten going over the past few nights. Trout fishing remains very strong across the state, with the DEM stocking fish as recently as Tuesday. Dave weighed in a few trout in the 3- to 4-pound range and a 6-pound fish this week.

Tony, at Misquamicut Bait and Tackle in Westerly, was happy to report that a good influx of fresh school striped bass have moved into the breachways, with reports coming from both Weekapaug and Quonny this week. It seems the fresh spring arrivals are all around the coast, and we should start seeing some bigger fish any day now. Tautog catches are improving from shore and boat anglers around the rocky South County coast, but short fish continue to dominate the catch.

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