Rhode Island Fishing Report – February 11, 2021

There is lots of good ice in the Ocean State and the hardwater bite should be steady for the next week.

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There is lots of good ice in the Ocean State and the hardwater bite should be steady for the next week.
There is lots of good ice in the Ocean State and the hardwater bite should be steady for the next week.

Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, says there is plenty of ice following the recent cold spell. The local ponds and lakes have 5-to-7 inches of ice and western Massachusetts has 8-to-10 inches of hardwater. Pickerel, perch, and crappie have been the main attractions; anglers targeting northern pike are fishing west of Worcester. Dave has 16 sleds in stock and lots of ice fishing gear; give him a call at 401-749-3474.

Matthew Holbrook pulled a pickerel through the ice on a recent trip.
Matthew Holbrook holding a pickerel from a recent ice fishing trip.

Cory, at the Frances Fleet, says the boats have been tied up at the dock for the past week. However, he’s hopeful they will make it out to Block Island for cod over the weekend.

Ray Strong sent in this photo of a cod from a recent trip on his boat.
Ray Strong sent in this photo of a cod from a recent trip on his boat.

Are you looking for a pond or lake stocked with trout? View the full list on the Rhode Island DEM website.

Connecticut Fishing Report

Capt. Joe Diorio of Diorio Guide Service, says there is 5-to-12 inches of ice depending on where you fish in Connecticut. He’s having good success targeting bluegills, crappie, and perch. He mentioned a local fisherman recently pulled several big northern pike through the ice on Super Bowl Sunday. Although slush has been coming down the Farmington River, the past couple trips have been productive, with 4 or 5 fish over 20-inches.

Joe, at Rivers End Tackle in Old Saybrook, says there is good ice locally, and the shop has been busy selling tip-ups and augers. Not many reports have been coming in, but a couple of people are catching walleye and largemouth bass at some of the unnamed ponds. The shop is stocked with nightcrawlers, spikes, mousie grubs, and several sizes of shiners.

Angelyna Custodio holds a 5-pound northern pike.
Angelyna Custodio holds a 5-pound northern pike.

Andrew, at Fishin Factory 3 in Middletown, says most bodies of water have 8-inches of water in the central part of the state. Locals are catching pike, crappie, panfish, and yellow perch on shiners, spikes, and mousies.

Evan, at Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook, says there is safe ice nearly everywhere in the state. Anglers are catching a wide variety of fish including pike, trout, bass, and stripers. Mt. Tom and West Hill Pond have been hotspots. On a recent trip, Evan was fishing on 8-inches of ice and had good success with Swedish Pimples, and live shiners. A few people are still catching holdover stripers at the Housatonic River with the 9-inch version of the Gravity Tackle Eel on a 1/2-ounce jighead. The Westbrook store will remain closed until further notice. However, BHO in Westbrook is taking online orders for in-store pick-up, or they can be shipped to your home.

Rich, at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk, says his customers are heading inland with tip-ups, jigging rods, and live shiners for crappie, perch, and trout. Holdover striper fishing comes down to temperatures; some days there is open water, other days the tidal rivers are locked up with ice. Rich says herring fishing has been a bust in comparison to past years.

Ponds & Lakes with Walleye: Batterson Park Pond, Beach Pond, Cedar Lake, Coventry Lake, Gardner Lake, Lake Zoar, Lake Saltonstall, Mashapaug Lake, Mount Tom Pond, Lake Pocotopaug, Saugatuck Reservoir, Squantz Pond, West Thompson Lake.

Ponds, Lakes, and Rivers with Northern Pike: Winchester Lake, Bantam Lake, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Pachaug Pond, Hopeville Pond, Lake Lillinonah, Quaddick Reservoir, Housatonic River, Mattabesset River, Shetucket River.

Ponds, Lakes, and Rivers with Stocked Trout.

Rhode Island Forecast

Ice fishing will be the main attraction as the extended inland forecast will remain steady for the next week, with highs ranging from the high 20s, to just above freezing. Shiners, mousies, spikes, nightcrawlers, Swedish Pimples, spoons, and jigs are all reliable options for ice fishing. Keep an eye out for the storm Saturday night and into Sunday; it could drop some measurable snow.

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1 thought on “Rhode Island Fishing Report – February 11, 2021

  1. Debra Facha

    Can anyone tell me when the tuna tournament will be this year?

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