Ethan Phouthakoun went out fishing with his Dad and caught pickerel and bass at Johnston Memorial Park.
Trout Fishing at Hopkinton Reservoir
Dave Garzoli took his daughter out trout fishing.I took Sophia down to Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon from 4-530 for a little trout fishing. She started off tossing a small gold mepps spinner with no luck. I switched her over to power bait and within 5 minutes she was hooked up to a nice 12" rainbow. She was using powerbait eggs in a pinkish red color. By the end of the trip she went 1-3 with powerbait. I ended up with a fish around the same size. That fish hit the gold mepps spinner she started out with.The fishing wasn't red hot but it was warmer than the weather. Catching fish was just a bonus. Spending some time outdoors with my Bubba girl...priceless
RI Fishing Report March 15, 2016
RI Freshwater Fishing Report: The White Perch Bite is Hot
RI Fishing Report for March 12, 2016
Largemouth bass, white perch, pickerel and crappie are biting early due to this springs warmer temperatures. Canada Pond in Providence has been producing nice bass for anglers fishing with shiners there. Fishermen using shiners at Barney and Scott's Pond in Lincoln RI have been catching pickerel, bass, perch and crappie. The Turner Reservoir on the East Providence and Seekonk Mass line has been the best place to fish for white perch this week. Fishing for white perch and crappie there is best done with small jigs tipped with trout worms.
Winter over striped bass fishing has been all but dead in the Providence River but Narrow River in Narragansett and South Kingstown has been producing stripers and white perch. Connecticuts's Tidal Rivers have winter over bass and shore, kayak and small boat angler's there fishing with soft plastics have been catching some nice striped bass .
This spring is warmer than normal and we are open in March for the first time in 15 years here at Ocean State Tackle. Hank Hewitt of Block Island Fishworks shared his take on this seasons weather in my new blog.
RI Surf and Inshore Fishing
This is the first part of a series of blog posts that will share learner striped bass anglers perceptions, observations and techniques.
Here at the store on Branch Ave my Hydrageas are leafing out and the temps have been in the 70's. I guess ski season is coming to an early end for me.Come visit Sukha and I we are here Monday thru Saturday from 6am to 6pm and Sundays from 6am to 2pm
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RI Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing Report April 23rd 2015
Narragansett Bay Fishing Report
Saltwater fishing is just getting started with reports of keeper Tautog in the Barrington and Warren Rivers. RI Tautog season opened on the 15th of April but cooler temps have slowed down the migration of blackfish.
Winter Over Stripers are getting active in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers. I have reports of schoolie bass this week at the Hot Club inside of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and Pearl Street Bridge. The Outflow at the Manchester Street Power Station is holding some fish too. Boat anglers will find that the breakwater at Pawtuxet Village will hold some fish for reliable spring action. Fish structure that absorbs and radiates heat like rockpiles, pilings and mudflats in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers. Topwater lures like Needlefish and Pencil Poppers are good in the shallows. Keep in mind that the herring are in so that migrating and winter over fish will be foraging near these runs.
Squid Have Been Caught In Bristol
Billy Silvia reports that large squid known as scouts have shown up at State Street in Bristol Harbor.
Squid fishermen there have caught a handful of large tubes and that indicates that the squid migration is starting. John a passionate squid fisherman braved today's cold wind to test his luck at Goat Island Calimari Causeway in Newport but this venture was unproductive. There is a warming trend that shoud help bring the squid in.
RI Freshwater Fishing Report Trout Fishing Has Been Good
RI's trout fishing season got off to a slow start but has been improving. Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods has offered a reliable trout bite. Dem Stocked 80,000 trout and anglers have been catching them with Berkley Powerbait and Berkley Gulp Trout Bait. Carbuncle Pond in Western Coventry has offered good trout fishing and Stump Pond in Smithfield has been offering up trout, bass and pickerel.
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RI Albie and Bonito Reports
RI Fall Albie and Bonito Blitz is On
Rene LeTourneau of One The Rock's Charters has been putting light tackle and fly fishing customer on albies for a week
RI False Albacore and Bonito Fishing Reports
The albies and bonito have been ranging form Westerly to Little Compton. Yesterday Cesin Curi and Barry Gross bot reported non stop action. Bonito have been being caught as far south as Block Island.
Light Tackle for RI Albies and Bonito Fishing
Best Rods and Reels for Fall Albies and Bonito
Rene LeTourneau and Barry Gross are both outfitted with Local Hooker rods that are 7'6" 8-17 pound test mod action heavy power model
These rods allow for great casting distance yet have enough backbone to land thes albies and bonito. The reels of choice have been size 30 or 40 with 300 yards of 30 or 40 pound braided line. Quantum Cabo and Boca as well as the Okuma Raw and other tactical reels have been the most popular.
Best Lures for Albies and Bonito
Daddy Mac amd Hogy SI Epoxy Jigs have been the best lures this week.
Sand eel, Green, Pink and Blackand Silver have been the nost productive colors. Best weight for albie and bonito jigs is from 1/2 oz to 2 ounces with half ounce, 7/8 and 1 1/4 and 1.4 ounce being the most popular.
RI's Providence River Striper Fishing
RI's Best Striper Bait Fresh Pogies
Urban Angling at it's Best Providence
Providence and Seekonk River Stripers
How and Where to Access the Best Spring Striper Fishing
Why and Where the Striped Bass are in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers
Spring Striper Fishing Season in underway in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers .
Providence and Seekonk Rivers offer the Best Spring Striper Fishing In RI
The last weeks of April I had reports of striped bass taking sea worms at the Henderon Bridge almost daily. Spring Striped bass fishing in the Seekonk River is highly productive due to the herring run at Omega Pond in East Providence and below the Blackstone River waterfall. Herring and Pogies swim up and down the Providence and Seekonk Rivers to forage on the menhaden and herring.
Good Fishing Access for Shore, Boat and Kayak Anglers.
Shore fishermen, kayak fishermen and boat anglers take advantage of the protected waters of the Providence and Seekonk Rivers. April and May's high winds often make spring striped bass fishing in more exposed areas difficult if not impossible to fish.
Seekonk River Access
Access for boat fishermen is available at the State Ramp School St Pawtucket RI or the new ramp off of Gano St Providence RI. offers launching, parking and shore fishing. Collier Park off Allens Ave in Providence is directly off 95 It is just south the Providence Hurricane Barrier. With easy access to 195 Bold Point in East Providence offers launching, parking and shore fishing.
Kayak fishermen can easily launch under the Henderson Bridge on River Road on Providences East Side. There is shore fishing available there before 9 pm
Xang aka Ziggy Landed These 3 Lunker Largemouth Bass Sunday April 28 2104 in one his favorite spots in East Providence RI
Two 28 inch Striped Bass caught on Sea Worms
Stripers were feeding on clamworms north of the Henderson Bridge River Road on the Eastside of Providence this afternoon.
Keeper Tautog @ Conimicut Light
Reports of keeper tautog feeding on green crabs at Conimicut Lighthouse come as no suprise. Captain Billy Silvia of Can't Imagine Charters marked some tautog off Bristol earlier this week while he was quahoging. He also reported seeing a small school of menhaden near Hog Island. Tautog will move off structure and ledges when water is too turbid or rough. When wind or waves have roiled the bottom up Tautog will move and suspend ofshore in deeper water or go to more protected structure that are not being battered by waves. Tautog do not range or forage to feed as a rule, they wait in their lair to ambush prey as it goes by in the current. When storm waves cause the fish to surge up and down the fish have to depart to avoid being bounced off the walls, sides and overhead of the structure they are holed up in. The rough water makes their home a hazard and the reduced visibility makes it hard for them to feed. The sand and silt that are causing the turbidity must irritate their gill as well.
Menhaden Sighting in the Bay
Captain Billy Silvia of Can't Imagine Charters marked some tautog off Bristol earlier this week while he was quahoging. He also reported seeing a small school of menhaden near Hog Island. Billy will be doing spring tautog charters later this week now that the wind is laying down. Billy can be reached @ 401 559 2893
RI Fishing Report April 26th 2014
19 Pound Striper Caught in RI this week
Mony Srey caught this 38" 19 pound Striped Bass this week
Live and Fresh Bait
5am - 9pm Daily
Striped Bass have been taking pogey chunks, sea herring, seaworms and clams tongues in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers. Stripers have been following the bait up and down the rivers. Red Bridge in Providence has been good on the falling tide. The East Bay Bike Path offers some great spring striped bass fishing. Fishing the outflows at coves along the bike path produces some nice bass.
Spring striper fishing offers shore fishermen the best opportunity for keeper striped bass as the fish concentrate in the waters from Conimicut Point north.
Joe from Tiverton has reported keeper Tautog in Sakonnet River
Shore fishermen have started landing some nice Tautog at Stone Bridge in Tiverton. This weeks moderate temps and lighter winds will give boaters a chance to tautog fish some of the structure in Narragansett Bay. Choice spring structure can be found off the mouth of Narrow River, lighthouses and rockpiles withing the bay. First spring tautog are usually caught at the mouth of the bay as the spring tautog season moves along fish can be caught as far north is India Park. The East Bay generally offers better tautog fishing but the breakwater at Wickford Harbor and Plum Light can hold some nice fish.
Scup Fishing Season Opens May 1 2014
RI Fall Striped Bass and Tautog Fishing Reports
RI Striped Bass fishing has been improving in recent weeks. Providence's India Point Park anglers have been landing keeper bass, bluefish and tautog. Bass and bluefish have been feeding on pogey chunks and been taking diving lures as well as live eels. The stripers and blues have been caught from Gaspee Point Warwick north and the pogies have been holding at Parent's Marina in Pawtucket in the Seekonk River. There are keeper tautog at Conley's Dock and along the bulkhead at the Port of Providence.
Surfcasters have been catching more blues than bass but the action has been good at Charlestown Breachway. Pogey chunks, eels and diving lures have been very effective there.
Tautog (Blackfish) fishing has been good along the coast for both boat and shore fishermen. Black sea bass and scup are still open and are taking sea worms, squid and clam tongues. Tautog limits are now 6 per person with a 10 per boat maximum.
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RI DEM STOCKS 6,000 RAINBOW TROUT IN PONDS AND RIVERS THROUGHOUT
RHODE ISLAND FOR FALL FISHING SEASON
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and
Wildlife has stocked approximately 6,000 rainbow trout in several locations throughout the state
this month for the fall freshwater fishing season.
DEM Fish & Wildlife staff finished stocking the hatchery-raised rainbow trout this
week in Silver Spring Pond in North Kingstown, Beaver River in Richmond, Wyoming
Pond in Richmond and Hopkinton, Wood River in Exeter, Hopkinton and Richmond, Upper
Pawtuxet River in Coventry, Blackstone River in Cumberland and Lincoln, Round Top
Ponds in Burrillville, and Stafford Pond in Tiverton. Earlier this month, trout were stocked
in Meadowbrook Pond in Richmond, Carbuncle Pond in Coventry, Spring Grove Pond in
Glocester, and Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods.
Trout stocking was delayed in some water bodies this fall because of elevated water
temperatures and low water conditions. In addition, cyanobacteria or blue-green algae
infestations prevented the department from stocking trout in Melville Ponds in Portsmouth.
Fall is traditionally an excellent time of the year to enjoy trout fishing in
Rhode Island. According to the most recent statistics from the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s
National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (2006), residents
and tourists spend over $153 million annually in Rhode Island on trip and equipment-related
expenditures for fishing activities.
A 2012 fishing license is required for anglers 15 years of age and older wishing to
catch fish. A Trout Conservation Stamp is also required of anyone wishing to keep or possess
a trout or to fish in a catch-and-release or 'fly-fishing only' area. Fishing licenses and the Trout
Conservation Stamp ($5.50) can be obtained at any city or town clerk's office or authorized
agent such as bait and tackle shops and Benny's. Licenses may also be obtained at DEM's
Boat Registration and Licensing Office located at 235 Promenade Street in Providence. As an
added convenience, anglers may purchase their fishing license online via ri.gov by clicking
on “Hunting, Fishing, Boating Licenses” on the left side of the homepage on the DEM website at
License fees remain at $18 for Rhode Island residents and current members of the Armed
Forces, $33 for a combination hunting and fishing license, $35 for non-residents, and $16 for
a tourist three-consecutive-day license. Anglers over 65 must have a license, which for them
is free, but do not need a trout stamp. The license is also free for anyone with a 100 percent
A list of stocked ponds and other information of interest to anglers can be found on
DEM's website, www.dem.ri.gov, by clicking on “Fish and Wildlife” under “Offices and
Divisions,” and then choosing “Freshwater Fisheries.”
RI Fishing Report for August 14th 2012
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The Upper Bay is too hot for striped bass.
Water temperatures in the Providence River are approaching 80 degrees.
The best fishing has been in the waters south of the Jamestown and Newport Bridges. Tautog are being caught a Fort Wetherill and at Stone Bridge in Tiverton. Sea Worms have been working well.
Fluke fishing has been spotty but serious fluke are being landed by some anglers. Brendan Hagopian caught an 11 pounder and numerous Black Sea Bass.
Billy Silvia of Can't Imagine Charters has been landing some big striped bass at Block Island.
Skipjacks are being caught in Rhode Islands coves, bays and rivers.
Skipjacks are juvenile bluefish they are being caught in abundance in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers at Bristol Narrows and in Newport.
Basics of Skipjack Fishing
Skipjacks are caught with small popping floats with a metal lure or surgical tubing behind it.
Light spinning tackle is used 4- 8 pound test line and a 5'-6' light action rod. Skipjacks can be seen by the disturbance they make on the waters surface. Cast to a schooll of skipjacks and begin popping the float as you retrieve it the lure trails 12" - 18" behind the float you will see the skipjacks strike at the lure.
RI Fishing Regulations for Skipjacks
Skipjacks are baby bluefish and the limit is 15 skipjacks per person per day.
A RI Saltwater license is required for all anglers over 16 years of age
RI Blue Crab Fishing has been Excellent
Blue crabs are being caught in the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay
The Providence and Seekonk Rivers have been very productive. East Bay anglers are crabbing in Hundred Acre Cove in Barrington and the Warren, Barrington and Palmer Rivers. Colt State Park and the Bristol Narrows are also favored crabbing spots. Blue Crabs prefer brackish water where they catch mummichogs and spearing. RI law requires that blue crabs be caught by a dip net or handline. Baits used are fish carcasses, fish heads and chicken. Ri Creel limit is 25 blue crabs per person with a width at the points of 5 inches.
RI Fishing Report for July 6th 2012
Ocean State Tackle is Now Open From 5AM Until 9PM Daily @ 430 Branch Ave, Providence RI
Scup fishing is Hot Large Scup are feeding n Seaworms, Blood Worms, Squid and Clam Tongues.
RI Scup fishermen are catching scup up to 21 inches along the South Shore, Newport, Jamestown and Sakonnett River have been producing nice scup. Inside Narragansett Bay scup fishing has been good at Rocky Point, Conimicut Point and under thew Mount Hope Bridge. Colt State Park in Bristol and the Bristol Town Dock have been offering up scup on a steady basis as well.
RI Fluke Fishing is Good with boat and shore anglers catching keepers. Shore fishermen have been catching fluke at URI's Bay Campus and at Scarborough Beach.
Block Island Bass are taking Eels Newport Bass are feeding on Eels and Pogies.
Billy Silvia has been catching striped bass to 50 pound at Brenton Reef and Seal Ledge in Newport. Joe Waterworks caught a few nice bass at Southwest Ladge at Block Island drifting eels.
We have a sale on Sea Worms Buy 4 Dozen Sea Worms for $25 or Buy Sea Worms by the Flat for $53
RI Fishing Report for the Fourth of July Week
Ocean State Tackle is Now Open From 5AM Until 9PM Daily @ 430 Branch Ave, Providence RI
RI Scup Fishing is Excellent, Striped Bass Fishing and Fluke Fishing are Good
Bass and Blues are Hitting Fresh Pogies, Mackerel and Clam Tongues in the Providence River as well as the Seekonk River
Shore fishermen are catching bass and bluefish at Parent's Marina and River Road along the Seekonk River in Providence and Pawtucket RI. There have been a ton of pogies in the upper reaches of the Seekonk River as recently as last night. The Hurricane Barrier and India Point Park have been good at night .
Early morning bass bite has been very good at Conimicut Point. Conimicut Point is a great family spot with opportunities for fishing for scup, bass and blues and swimming and clamming for the entire family. Clamming there has the following restrictions.
4.13.1Conimicut Point Soft-Shell Clam Management Area
4.13.1-1 Certain waters adjacent to Conimicut Point are established as a Soft-
Shell Clam Management Area. This area is defined as south of a line between
Conimicut Point, Warwick (41°43’3”- 71°21’28”) and Nayatt Point Lighthouse
(41°43’30”- 71°20’20”), Barrington (the northern boundary coincides with D.E.M.
Office of Water Resources established pollution closure boundary); and north of
a line between the eastern end of Samuel Gorton Avenue, Warwick (41°42’14”-
71°21’54”), and the southern end of Bay Road, Barrington (41°43’21”- 71°18’32”),
4.13.1-2 Shellfish harvesting in Conimicut Point Soft-shell Clam Management
Area will be allowed only when declared open by the D.E.M. Office of Water
Resources based upon water quality considerations, and permitted only
between sunrise and 12:00 NOON.
Striped bass fishing east of Prudence Island has been good according to Captain Billy Silvia he has been fishing at Sandy Point and at Brenton Reef Newport RI.
Block Island Bass fishing has improved with a better ration of bass to blues than recently. Fluking there is good with several reports of 8 - 10 pound fluke being landed this week. Eels have been the ticket for large bass at the island.
Ocean State Tackle has sand eels, squid and sea worms as well as a huge selection of rigs for fluke fishing.
Ocean State Tackle will be open from 5am to 8pm on July 4rth 2012
RI Fishing Report for June 1 2012
The Providence River is Hot
Charter Captain Billy Silvia of Can't Imagine Charters has been fishing the Providence River He is catching nice striped bass livelining pogies. Shore anglers are landing stripers as large as 44 inches at Save the Bay. The outflow at Watchemoket Cove has been producing some nice bass on the falling tide. Chunking pogies has been the ticket at the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, India Point park and Bold Point have been productive also.
Billy Silvia has been reporting good striped bass fishing east of Prudence Island and at Brenton Reef in Newport. Block Island Bass fishing has been good with a better ration of bass to blues this week.
Seekonk River is producing some nice Striped Bass
Shore fishermen along the Seekonk River are being rewarded with some hefty bass. Sea worms, Clam Tongues and Pogey Chunks have been landing bass at Richmond Square, the Red Bridge in Providence. The bass have made their way to Pawtucket and fishing behind the Pawtucket Boys Club, School St and Parent's Marina have all been good.
Now Open Until 9PM on Friday and Saturday
5 am to 8 pm Monday - Thurs
5 am to 7 pm Sunday
Scup Fishing is decent at Colt State Park. The scup bite at the Charlestown Breachway should be heating up soon as CT scup fishing has been very good. New Bedford scup fishing has been good and scup fishermen at the mouth of the canal have been doing very well.
RI Freshwater Fishing Report
Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods has been producing nice trout up to 3 and 4 pounds. The recent stocking of larger trout there has kept anglers happy, powerbait and nightcrawlers have been top baits.
Anglers using the Magic worm blower have been out producing other fishermen. The Magic Worm Blower injects air into the nightcrawler that makes the worm bouyant this keeps the worm suspended above the weeds and plants so it is more visible to passing trout.
RI Fishing Report May 25 2012
Now Open Until 9PM on Friday and Saturday
5 am to 8 pm Monday - Thurs
5 am to 7 pm Sunday
Big Stripers in Newport Surf
Saltwater Edge reports that SWE team member Mike Morocco has gone big! ( photo on right ) Numerous large fish have been taken out of the RI surf this week. This 42 pound beast fell for a bone Super Strike darter early Weds morning May 22cnd.
Billy Silvia has been pounding the Stripers at Sandy Point, Prudence Island
Pete Sebring and Kevin Costello fished with Billy aboard Can't Imagine Charter yesterday morning. They caught numerous stripers in the 33- 36 inch range at Sandy Pint yesterday. This morning Billy found bass to 42 inches and 27 pounds there but moved to Mount Hope Bay to get away from large blues that had moved in overnight.
John Grinder picked up a few nice bass livelining pogies at Conimicut Point in the Providence River. Shore anglers @ Save the Bay have been landing bass up to 44 inches this week. The Hurricane Barrier, Bold Point and the entire Seekonk River have been holding pogies and striped bass .
Tautog and Scup Fishing has been good at Ohio Ledge, Colt State Park and the Mount Hope Bridge
Fluke fishing has been hit or miss at Austen Hollow and the Jamestown and Newport Bridges.
RI Fishing Report April 27, 2012
RI Freshwater Fishing Report
RI trout fishing in rivers and streams is improving as this week rains allowed trout to move about. Dave Poreca from River and Riptides said that a caddis hatch has trout taking dry flies. Trout fishing in Olney Pond is still producing trout shiners, night crawlers and powerbait have all been effective.
Prespawn bass have been taking shiners and lures at Stump Pond in Smithfield. Barney and Scott Ponds have been producing bass too. The water is still cool and the bass are not that active so a slow retrieve is more likely to be successful. The bass strike defensively so you have to present the lure to them as they are not foraging far. Jigs and Rattle Traps are good options right now.
Saltwater Fishing Report for RI and Massachusetts
Striper fishing has been excellent.
Dave Pickering rates this spring as one of the best for striped bass fishing. Lots of schoolies on the beaches with the west wall getting lots of action.
Narrow River has been good and the Providence and Seekonk Rivers have been producing some nice striped bass. Shore anglers have found bass taking chunk pogeys, sea worms and clam tongues. The Henderson Bridge is a good spring striped bass spot the Seekonk River narrows there and fishing there takes advantage of the bass that are migrating to the herring run at Omega Pond. Fly fishermen fish on the East Providence side of the Henderson Bridge also known as the Red Bridge. They find good footing on the paved bottom under the bridge clousers and deceivers fished with a wf 7wt or 8 wt intermediate sinking line is usually the most productive. Bunker or Eel fly patterns are the ticket.
Tautog Fishing Report
Spring Tautog fishing has been decent but heavy winds have kept most boaters in the upper bay. The Taunton River has a new bridge and there are plenty of tautog around it's pilings. The Brightman St Bridge is a great spot for shore fishing for striped bass and Tautog. You can fish the bridge itself or the shore on the north and south sides of the bridge.
Fishing Report for RI and Ma April 19th 2012,
Taunton and Barrington Rivers Producing Keeper Bass
Striped Bass fishermen that have fishing with pogey chunks for striped bass are being rewarded with some nice keepers in the Barrington and Taunton Rivers. Waters near herring runs are the best bet for stripers right now. Narrow River and the Seekonk River have been fishy as well with reports of fish being taken on soft plastics, 9ER's umbrella lures, sea worms and pogies.
Squid Fishing is heating up in Jamestown at Fort Getty and Sakonett Point in Little Compton, RI.
I also got reports of squid in the Cape Cod Canal last night. with the squid and herring in it is only a matter of time before the striped bass migration is in full swing. Live lining squid under a float or balloon can be very effective during this time.
Tips for Jigging for Squid
Squid fishing requires light tackle with 12 to 15 pound test monofilament line or 20 - 30 pound braided line. Squid congregate in schools around structure with light. In RI Sakonnet Point, Jamestown and Newport offer some of the best squid fishing. The Goat Island Causeway is squid fishing hub that attracts squid fishermen from hundreds of miles. Bristol Town Dock and the docks in Gallilee, Jerusalem and Block Island also offer good squid fishing at times.
Squid Jigs are made by a few companies. We sell Yozuri and Yamashita as well as Anco Squid Jigs. Yozuri and Yamashita have been the most popular with our customers, smaller sizes are the hottest right now. Pink, orange and luminescent green have been the biggest sellers for the last few years but green and blue can work well too.
Tautog fishing has been mixed with some anglers doing very well and other being skunked. I have had tautog landed from Providence, New Bedford, Newport and Narragansett. The tautog are being caught with both sea worms and crabs.
RI Fishing Report April 17, 2012
Trout Season Opening Day
Opening day of trout season on Saturday was productive for many anglers. Lincoln Wood's Olney Pond trout fishermen found PowerBait to be the most effective. Anglers there using In line spinners also landed some nice fish.
Dave Garzoli took his daughter to a smal brook in Cumberland and she caught three trout on powerbait quickly. He then set her rod up with a circle hook with a meal worm She immediately began catching and releasing several more quality Rainbows that were hooked right in the lip. By 7am she called it quits after landing approximately 10 rainbows.
Dave then met up with a friend on the Blackstone in Woonsocket to give him some amateur fly rod instruction. Using olive and brown Wooly Buggers patterns with a small bead head we tallied around 14 or 16 fish between us. There were some nice big rainbows in the mix. All fish were released for another day.
Saltwater Fishing Report
The Providence saltwater fishing season is gaining traction as migratory striped bass are joing the winter over stripers in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers. Shore anglers in Providence are doing well using sea worms and pogey chunks at the Hurricane Barrier and at India Point Park.
Boat anglers have found trolling 9ER's Umbrella Rigs and casting and retrieving soft plastics in the Seekonk River effective. Best bet is north of the Red Bridge and the waters near Omega Pond.
Tautog Season Opened Sunday
RI Tautog season opened April 15th. Manny and Andrew Faria limited out on Tautog in the East Passage in an hour on Sunday am. Green Crabs and sea worms have been producing keeper tautog off of Newport and Scarborough Beach. Today Annie Ma sent me a pic of the first Tautog of their season caught with green crabs in teh Providence River. Tautog can be found along the bulkheads, pilings and rock piles in the Providence River, Conimicut Light and the day marker near Haines Park can offer good spring tautog fishing.
RI Opening Day of Trout is Saturday April 14th 2012
Ocean State Tackle will be Open All Night Friday the 13TH for RI Opening Day of Trout
RI Tautog Season Opens Sunday April 15th 2012
RI Fishing Report April 13th 2012
Striped Bass are being landed In Narragansett RI and Westport MA
Stripers have been being caught in the Providence River for a while. Anglers in boats have been working soft plastics at the outflow of Manchester Power Plant. Striped Bass fishermen on the bulkhead at the Providence Fox Point Hurricane Barrier have been using sea worms, mackerel and pogey chunks.
This weekend I got surf reports from Dickie Counoyer of Woonsocket RI. Dickie is an avid striper fisherman and lure maker. Two 14 pound stripers were caught along with numerous schoolies at Narrow River. He also shared a report of striped bass being caught in the surf at Horseneck Beach in Westport Mass. Dick owns DC Custom Plugs.
Ri Tautog (Blackfish) Season opens Sunday April 15th. We will have green crabs and seaworms on Friday for Tautog fishing. RI Saltwater Fishing license allows RI the right to fish in CT, Ma and NY. Ma and CT Tautog fishing seasons are open now, tautog are being caught at the jetties in CT and a 21" Blackfish was landed at Battleship Cove in Fall River Ma.. The warmer weather has some of these fish inshore earlier than normal. Capt Billy Silvia of Can't Imagine Charters recommends fishing Castle Hill in Newport. I would add that Sakonnet Point, Broken Bridge in Tiverton, Fort Wetherill and Beavertail in Jamestown RI.
Trout and Tautog are being caught in Ma
Easter Sunday Fishing Report
April 8, 2012
This weekend striped bass have been taken at the Manchester Station Outflow and the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in Providence RI on Saltwater Assassins, RonZ's, seaworms, mackerel and pogey chunks.
Schoolie Striped bass are being caught in Newport, Middletown, Narragansett and the West Wall in Jerusalem RI.
RI White Perch fishing has been productive at the Hot Club in the Providence River, at 152 in Seekonk and in the Palmer River in Swansea Ma.
April 6th 2012
Dave Garzoli caught 15 Brookies and 1 small brown this am in a small river in MA. All the fish were taken on meal worms. I thought they were browns at first since the colors didn’t really pop on them (hatchery). The wild native ones I catch are beautiful. These lacked that beautiful color. There were a few fish that were fairly decent size for a Brookie.
April 03 2012
I fished the Assabet River in Northborough MA this past Tuesday armed with my fly rod. I landed a small brown using a olive wooly bugger. That was the only action minus some small river chubs. I worked a good stretch of the river but it fished poorly.
Opening Day of Trour Fishing in RI is Saturday April 14, 2012
We will be fully stocked for RI Trout on Tuesday
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RI Tautog Fishing Season Opens Sunday April 15, 2012
We will have green crabs and seaworms on Friday April 13th
Mass and CT Tautog is open and I have reports of Tautog as large as 21 inches being caught at Battleship Cove in the Taunton River in Fall River. The Brightman Sr Bridge often offers good spring Tautog fishing too.
RI DEM CAUTIONS ANGLERS ABOUT COLD WATER DANGER AND URGES THEM TO PUT SAFETY FIRST ON OPENING DAY OF FRESHWATER FISHING SEASON
PROVIDENCE RI - With the Rhode Island freshwater fishing season opening on Saturday, April 14, the RI Department of Environmental Management reminds anglers – particularly those fishing from a boat – that even on a warm day water temperatures can hover in the low to mid 50s. According to a 2007 U.S. Coast Guard report, a boating accident is five times more likely to be fatal if the water is colder than 60 degrees. In addition, a 2010 report stated that eight out of 10 boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length. Coupling cold water with small, unstable vessels like canoes and kayaks places anglers in a very dangerous situation.
“Cold water can kill in ways that you might not expect," said Sergeant Steven Criscione, boating safety coordinator for RI DEM’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Nearly everyone knows that immersion in cold water can cause hypothermia - the abnormal lowering of the body's core temperature. What most don't know is that cold water immersion has several stages, any one of which can cause death.”
According to the U.S. Coast Guard Safety Division, victims who experience an unexpected fall overboard suffer initial cold water shock in the first minute, which involuntarily causes them to take a series of big breaths, called hyperventilation. If their head is underwater, they can inhale more than a quart of water and drown immediately. People lucky enough to keep their head above water will continue hyperventilating as their blood pressure jumps. If they can't control their breathing within 60 seconds, they'll suffer numbness, muscle weakness or even fainting, which leads to drowning. A person with heart disease may experience sudden death due to cardiac arrest.
A victim who survives the first minute of cold shock and hyperventilation will progress to the second stage called “cold incapacitation” or swimming failure. Within about 10 minutes, rapid cooling of the extremities causes muscle stiffening so a person will no longer be able to perform the simplest tasks, such as swimming, holding onto a floating object, or putting on a life jacket. Even yelling for help can be difficult.
Hypothermia is the third stage. There is a common misperception that it sets in almost immediately after a person lands in cold water. However, a victim won't start to become hypothermic for 30 minutes. Severe hypothermia can take an hour or more to set in, depending on the water temperature, body mass, clothing, the amount of struggling and several other factors. A body core temperature of 95 degrees is considered hypothermic, loss of consciousness occurs at about 86 degrees, and death is imminent when the core temperature drops below 82. Unless a person is wearing a life jacket, drowning will occur long before severe hypothermia gets them.
Most boating fatalities are the result of capsizing or falls overboard, not collisions between boats running at high speed. “We see it time and time again in Rhode Island boating accidents,” Criscione said. “A single boat on a lake capsizes and the victim isn't wearing a life jacket, has no warning or time to put one on, and drowns due to the effects of cold water.”
Experts recommend that people who end up in the water stay with the boat, even if they aren't able to get back in. They are more likely to be seen by potential rescuers if they are next to a boat. A person should only swim for shore if wearing a life jacket, if the likelihood of rescue is low, or if they are close to shore and aren't able to climb back into or on top of the boat. The key is the life jacket, Criscione said. A person who suffers swimming failure or loss of consciousness will stay afloat wearing a life jacket, but will drown without one.
RI Striped Bass and Fluke Fishing Report April 7th 2012
Striped bass have started moving into RI. RI's South Shore beach and jetty fishermen are catching some sea run stripers at the West Wall using soft plastics and teasers.
Divers reported striped bass at Charlestown's Deep Hole.
Commercial fisherman off Block Island have been landing summer flounder ( fluke) and squid already.
RI Fluke Recreational Fishing Seasons starts May 1rst 2012. RI Fluke possession limits have been increased to 8 fish per angler for 2012 fishing season. RI Fluke size limit is still 18.5 " .
RI Fishing Report March 27th 2012
Reports of fish are limited due to the cold front that moved in this weekend.
Cod Fishing off Block Island has been pretty slow this week. Most reports blame the warm weather. I think it would be disengenuous for me to allow this to be considered the primary reason for the lackluster codfishing at Block Island this season.
Block Island Codfishing a Lesson in Greed
These codfish are concentrated in a very small area. There were no codfish there 10 years ago. Schools of cod were found there 6 or so years ago. A few local party boats started doing winter cod trips there. Over time as word spread party boats from adjoining and neighboring states joined in on the action. These fish have been pounded for the last few years with a lot of activity. The only refuge that these fish have had is when the weather limits access. I am not going to discuss math or statistics here. Overfishing in a very small area for fish that are caught for the table depletes the resource.
Humans do a poor job of stewardship. Codfish have always been fished hard that is one of the reasons that fueled man's expansion westward from Europe. Europeans had already overfished the cod from the European side of the Atlantic. Cod was a staple food in those days. Salted and stored on huge boats that utilized handlines and tub trawls on the Grand Banks and Georges Banks. Salted cod could keep indefinitely.
The American palate and household prefer white boneless fillets. This puts pressure on a few species. Cod, Haddock, Fluke annd Flounder have been seriously overfished due to that reason.
There are a lot of saltwater fish that are healthier and more abundant that these fish. I try to eat a variety of seafood. Well prepared and not overcooked I find most fish delicious. Some fish are great prepared whole and simply. Others are at their best as ceviche, sushi or sashimi.
Squid can be great grilled, stuffed or stewed. Stews and chowders can incorporate a variety of seafood, herbs and vegetables. Seafood offers so many options for dining and entertaining.
It seems a waste to only limit one's fish consumtion to contribute to a species demise. Try a new fish a month make it fun, prepare it a few different ways.
Coast Guard Cautions Spring-Weather Boaters
”With temperatures anticipated in the mid-60s this week, many area boaters may feel the urge to take the winter wrap off their boat or kayak and head out on the water. The combination of light boating traffic and spring-like temperatures can make for a great day. There are dangers though associated with spring-like weather and winter-like water temperatures. Boaters are urged to take the proper precautions before heading out.
“’Boaters should ensure that they have the proper lifesaving equipment on board their vessel, that it is in good working order, and that everyone on board knows how to operate it,’ said Lt. Garrett Meyer of Coast Guard Sector Boston.
”For paddle boaters, it is especially critical to prepare before heading out.
“’It is also important to remember that water temperatures are still around 40 degrees and hypothermia can set in relatively quickly,’ said Meyer. ‘Dress appropriately for the water temperature, not the air.’
”Additionally, the Coast Guard recommends that boaters heading out on the water prepare a float plan and leave it with a family or friend on shore. This document will provide the Coast Guard and other first responders valuable information needed to conduct a search if the boater fails to return as planned.
”Always wearing your lifejacket while onboard and having an emergency position indicating radio beacon and VHF marine-band radio in addition to all required safety equipment can help boaters have a safe and enjoyable day on the water.”