Connecticut Fishing Report
Evan, at Black Hall Outfitters in Old Lyme, says the fishing continues to get better, coinciding with the early opening of trout season to reduce crowds. Trout fishermen and women can target trout in all waters, but Trout Manager Areas and Trout Management Lakes are strictly catch and release. CT Fish and Wildlife will be stocking trout all the way through mid-May. Evan says the best fishing is at the TMA’s and TML’s – the top producers are mealworms, flies, and spinners. Transitioning to saltwater, winter flounder were caught on sandworms, and the holdover striper fishing at the Housatonic River continues to produce. Swimbaits on jigheads are the most consistent lure for holdovers.
Rich, at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk, says the tidal rivers have been fishing well at night. The majority of fish have been schoolies, but a few slot-sized are mixed in. All the local rivers have been stocked with trout, keeping fishermen and women busy.
Greg, at New England Dive in Wallingford, says a couple of customers are picking off some nice smallmouth on the Connecticut River with hair jigs. Trout fishing continues to hold steady even though the local ponds haven’t been stocked yet, according to Greg. The most common baits have been PowerBait and mealworms.
Rhode Island Fishing Report
Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, says there are a few people starting to chase stripers at the Providence River. White perch fishing is starting to heat up; Dave recommends small jigs, Kastmasters, and trout worms. Ocean State Tackle will only be selling bait this weekend due to renovations.
Cory, with the Frances Fleet in Narragansett, says their boats have been at the dock for over two months because of the weather patterns. He’s hoping for a break and a swing in water temperatures.
Nick, at Big Bear Hunting and Fishing in Chepachet, says fishing has been pretty slow all across the board. A few customers are catching nice largemouth with shiners and jigs. Striper fishing has yet to pick up, but several customers have been trying their luck, to no avail.
The state continues to stock trout, making it the best option for the next few weeks. Keep in mind, the TMA’s and TML’s are strictly catch and release. For a shot at a large holdover trout, try one of the TML’s. Holdover striper fishing has yet to take off, but there are a few persistent anglers who are catching decent fish at night.