May 1st Fishing Report

Published by MM Editor on Monday, 1st May 2017 - 2:33PM

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The Frances Fleet in Narragansett announced a schedule change this week. The cod fishing was read hot through most of the winter, but has slowed quite a bit during April. Because of this, and customer interest the fleet decided to doing some spring tautog trips. These trips will sail on Saturdays and Sundays form 7-3, by reservation. They will kick off this Saturday the 29th. Based on weather conditions and reports they anticipate starting to sail for fluke and squid around the weekend of May 13th.

Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, told me that some customers saw some osprey diving on bait around Barrington Beach, and it appeared to be pogies. That is a very positive sign, as there are already some squid, mackerel and herring in the area. Some large striped bass should be cruising those waters very soon. Tautog reports are starting to pick up for those that have been targeting them, and it should only improve as we get warmer. Freshwater fishing remains strong in all of the trout stocked lakes and ponds. Largemouth bass and calico also seem to be putting on a strong feed, as of late. As has been the case all spring, the local carp anglers continue to score very good catches throughout the state.

Mike, at Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly, reports that the Pawcatuck River remains a bit dirty from the rain, but anglers are still finding some striped bass. The breachways have been cleaner, and reports of schoolie action have been better from there, the South County beaches and the West Wall. Tautog and winter flounder catches are spotty, but those who have put some time in are finding a few of each. There have been a few pods of bunker spotted here and there, and squid reports are still quiet; although both should blow open very soon.

Posted By John Hanecak, May 1, 2017

Numbers of schoolie striped bass continue to increase along Rhode Island’s beaches, and there were reports of some keeper-sized fish starting to mix-in with the shorts. Grab a light action rod and some bucktails or soft plastics and head to your favorite early-season spot to get in on the fun!

In the coming weeks we will see a big increase in the number of options for Rhode Island’s saltwater anglers. Squid have already started moving inshore with a few reports for them showing up this past week. Squid numbers will increase in the coming weeks which will providing for some fun fishing and excellent forage for the larger striped bass and fluke that will also be moving into the area. There are already schools of adult bunker around, but large schools should be moving into the waters of Narragansett Bay and the Pawcatuck River in the coming weeks. Striper fishing in both areas last spring was excellent due to the abundance of bunker. Fluke season opened this Monday, but it will likely be a week or two before they start to show up in good numbers.


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