Rhode Island and surrounding areas..
By Toby Lapinski, May 28, 2018
This week’s full moon should see more worm “hatches” in the South Shore ponds. They’re not really hatches, but instead spawning activity by the cinder worm. These small, 2- to 5- inch worms can be seen at times by the hundreds of thousands frolicking in the calm pond waters, and most of the time they have all sort of gamefish including stripers, bluefish, fluke, weakfish and more feeding on them. When the fish are finicky around the worms, often it’s the fly fishermen who have the best success. A great number of “worm flies” have been developed and they are all productive. However, spin fishermen can do quite well on small soft plastics like the 3-inch Slug-Go. Rig the small rubber baits on 1/0 or 2/0 hooks, either straight or weedless worm-style. Colors are generally darks like maroon and dark green, but don’t be afraid to try bright stand-outs like pink or white of the subtle options do not produce for you.
2018 Recreational Quotas and Recreational Harvest Limits
Effective Date: May 31, 2018
Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass;
We have approved the final 2018 minimum fish size, per-angler possession limits, and fishing season rules for the summer flounder (fluke), scup (porgies), and black sea bass recreational fisheries. Most states have already put their rules in place for the season.
We are continuing “conservation equivalency.” This means we waive the federal recreational bag limit, minimum fish size, and fishing season, and vessel owners are subject only to regulations in their state. Please contact your state for information on your state’s summer flounder regulations.
Black Sea Bass:
We have extended the federal waters open season from May 15 through December 31. The federal minimum fish size is still 12.5 inches and the per-person possession limit is still 15 black sea bass per trip.
We are also maintaining the year-round open season, the minimum fish size is still 9 inches, and the per-person possession limit is still 50 scup per trip.
Please keep in mind that if the federal minimum size, possession limit, and/or season differ from the regulations for the state in which you will be landing, you must follow the more restrictive regulations.
If you have additional questions on the recreational management measures after reading this, please call the Sustainable Fisheries Division at (978) 281-9315.