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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.
Skipjack fishing is fun and the skipjacks can be fried or grilled. They are delicious and are a favorite of Southeast Asian, Portuguese and Italian fishermen here in New England. Laotian, Cambodian and Vietnamese fishermen treavel from as far away as Lowell, Fitchburg, Springfield and Boston to take advantage of the bounty of skipjack fishing here in RI. It is a family affair with men, women and children joining in on the fun.
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
Buy 3 jars of Berkley Powerbait and get a $4 rebate
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.”
RI Schoolie Stripers are Biting
Striped bass starting to bite/ Photo
Journal photo/ Mary Murphy
Striped bass have started to bite off Rhode Island, but the fish appear to be "holdovers," stripers that stayed in estuaries, such as the Narrow River over the winter.
Bass that migrate from the Hudson River and Chesapeake Bay generally have sea lice, said Mike Wade of Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly. Stripers caught this week were not carrying lice, he said.
Bass have been biting in waters off Watch Hill Light, Quonochontaug Breachway, and Point Judith, where a 22-pounder was landed. "That sounds like a holdover fish that wintered in the Narrow River," said David Henault of Ocean State Tackle in Providence.Generally, bass start migrating out of Chesapeake Bay and when the water temperature in the Chesapeake rises to 60 degrees, Henault said.
This weekends best days seem to be Friday and Saturday
Striped Bass in Providence have been hitting soft plastics but are starting to feed on cut bait.
Tides for this weekend are posted below
March am High pm am Low pm
The first is taken from Dave Pickering's Carp Blog http://ricarpfishing.blogspot.com/ he is an avid fishermen and is very gracious in sharing his insight and techniques.
Conn. offers excellent Catch and Release Trout Fishing at TMA Now
The large fish are now biting. I'm catching them, and others are also reporting catching them in various parts of the state. Credit the big warm up that we are having this past week for getting the big fish moving into the shallows and feeding. Prior to this week I had been catching good numbers of carp in moving water. These were mostly small fish under twelve pounds. However, in the last week, I've gotten about a half dozen fish that went between 15 and 26 lbs. At the right is my biggest for the week at 26 lbs. It had a huge gut on it but was a fairly short fish. All my fish this week have been caught on pineapple flavored Pescaviva (sweet corn) fished ahead of a method ball. The best fishing time of the day for me has been the warmest part, around mid day. I've also been trying at night and have taken a couple of fish, another sign that fishing is heating up.
With warm weather forecast right into next week, expect the good carp fishing to continue. Hey, there's a ton of guys out there twiddling their thumbs waiting for Opening Day of trout season to arrive. Why not give carp fishing a try? You can legally fish right now in any state waters that are not stocked with trout.
Connecticut Trout Management Areas offer great fishing now!
Connecticut fishing season doesn’t begin until April 21 2012 but Conn. has catch & release Trout Management Areas (TMA) that are open year round to satisfy our fishing desires. Thanks to a mild winter season; the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has already begun to stock these areas with trout early. As of several weeks ago, the CT DEEP has stocked over 12,000 rainbow, brown, and brook trout into many of these TMA sites. Stocked TMA sites and amount of trout stocked are listed below:
• Yantic River TMA 1500 fish
• Salmon River TMA 2170 fish
• Moosup River TMA 800 fish
• Hockanum River TMA 1200 fish
• Willimantic River TMA 815 fish
• Hammonasset River TMA 1410 fish
• Naugatuck River TMA 1450 fish
• Mill River-Hamden TMA 1050 fish
• Mianus River TMA 1160 fish
Remember that these areas are catch & release only and these sites should be treated with care. Be sure to get out there and enjoy these great spring like days while we have them.
fished Hopkinton Reservoir last night after work. He landed 5 nice rainbows and snapped one off. Berkley Powerbait was the ticket. There seems to be zero interest right now on artificials.
Other fishermen are targeting white perch or largemouth bass. You can freshwater fish in RI as long as you avoid waters that are stocked with trout or salmon.
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From now until Opening Day you may fish in freshwater that does not have any stocked trout or salmon. White perch fishing has been active.
Brandon Hagopian, Donald Lescault and Dave Pickering have been catching schoolies in the Providence River. It is a good time to look your gear over, change line and get ready for the season.
Saltwater Fishing for cod is starting to produce some nice fish off of Block Island according to Capt Mike on The Frances Fleet. They sail at 5am weather permitting. The Helen H is fishing for cod out of Montauk Long Island.
Chuck DeStefano of Boston Sportfishing Charters is fishing for cod. April New England's best winter flounder fishing opens up and Chuck fishes Boston Harbor for some nice flounder up to four pounds.
The YellowBird starts sailing April 6th from beautiful Hampton Beach NH, the Yellowbird takes you to the major fishing grounds for some of the best fishing you'll see in New England. Prices start at $65 a day.