Some grueling March and early April weather is going to have a bit of a reprieve so we can get a successful opening day of trout season in. Striped bass and river herring activity will likely be spiking along with the temperatures before cold weather returns.
Captain Frank, of The Frances Fleet in Narragansett, didn’t have much to report this week, due to unfavorable conditions once again. He did say that things appear to be trending in the right direction for the weekend, and he still plans to add an offshore wreck trip to the schedule. He has moved the date of the offshore trip to Friday April 20th; they will be sailing at 10 PM and returning late on Saturday. Be sure to check with the office to confirm the sailing schedule for the offshore trip, and also to see when he plans to start sailing again in the inshore waters.
Mike, at Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly, reported that the ospreys are back in full force, and he has seen quite a few grabbing herring in the lower Pawcatuck River. Not coincidentally, the fishing for holdover bass has picked up in the river and a few solid reports have come in. There hasn’t been much in the way of big fish just yet, and most anglers are catching best on small swimmers and soft plastics. It should only be a matter of days before the first fresh fish show up at the West Wall, but no reports from that area have trickled in yet. A few anglers have been trying their luck with winter flounder in the breachway ponds, but Mike hasn’t heard much, good or bad, as far as reports. Mike has the shop fully stocked for trout season, and will have everything you may need for opening day.
Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, is gearing up for opening day, and has the largest selection of trout gear and bait in the Providence area. He will be open until 11 PM on Friday night and reopen at 4 AM on Saturday morning. As far as reports go, Dave told me that some bass were seen feeding on what appeared to be herring between Hog Island and Carnegie earlier this week. Dave also heard the first reports of keeper tog being caught this spring season, and the white perch are still very active. Along with all your trout supplies, Dave will have sand worms and crabs available as well.