Rhode Island Fishing Report – March 2017
BY WILL SIROTNAK
Pictured above: Jacob Ayotte with a beautiful RI carp.
Freshwater action remains very good in both states, and things appear to be trending in the direction of spring for the week ahead.
The Frances Fleet in Narragansett continues to wait for a reprieve from the wind, which has wreaked havoc on the Rhode Island cod fleet recently. The boats have remained tied to the dock this week, but Frank has high hopes that the cod will still be chewing when the weather cooperates. Looking ahead at the forecast for the weekend, the wind seems to be taking a turn for the better and they are optimistic that they will be sailing. They are scheduled to sail daily at 5 AM, but be sure to check ahead to ensure that the weather will cooperate, and that they are indeed sailing.
Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, reported that some local carp anglers are finding the fish starting to settle into their spring patterns, and some good catches have been reported. Jacob Ayotte took a beautiful 25-pound plus specimen this week. White perch, calico and largemouth bass are all also starting to show signs of increased activity. Good perch bites have been reported from Turner Reservoir and the Narrow River, and the calico seem to be chewing pretty much anywhere that they are found. Some of the local herring runs are starting to see some fish, and largemouth bass action should be good this weekend at ponds that get a herring run. Places like Gordon’s Pond in Warwick and Brickyard Pond in Barrington are both good places to look for some big largemouth this weekend. Opening day is right around the corner, and Dave will have the shop renovated and ready to go for all the festivities.
Rhode Island Fishing Forecast
Constant temperature changes have made it difficult for anglers (and the fish) to get in any sort of pattern, but things look to finally be leveling off. Hopefully the cod fleet can finally leave the dock this week, and cash in on some warmer temps next week. There are reports from across New England of some river herring starting to show up, and the bass fisheries around their runs should be blowing up very soon. Pike, perch and largemouth bass are all viable options in both states, and the trout fishing will remain strong in the TMA’s right up to opening day.
Fishing report provided by On the Water