Rhode Island Fishing Report
The Frances Fleet in Point Judith reported a much better weekend and start to this week than the end of the previous week. They’ve seen good fluke action on the grounds to the south of the island throughout most of the day. The action remains a bit inconsistent, as it appears that the fish are still moving around quite a bit, but things are improving each day. The sea bass season will open on the 24th and will provide a great opportunity for more action and more meat for the cooler. Full and half day trips will be running daily, weather permitting, check their website for updated schedule information.
Cheri, at C-Devil II Sportfishing in Narragansett, told me that the striped bass action remains non-stop around the island, with steady slot limits and some truly cow-class fish. There are also plenty of gator bluefish competing for bait, so the action is excellent. The bass are hitting a combination of jigs, plugs and bait rigs, as they appear to be hungry and not shy. The fluking has also picked up quite a bit out there, with plenty of limits and plenty of fish over 22-inches. They’re scheduling is filling up quick, so be sure to book soon for the summer/fall!
Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, reports solid striped bass action across the area, specifically Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay. There is so much bait that you need something that stands out, with most anglers scoring good catches on large fresh chunks and BIG plugs. There are plenty of bluefish around as well, and you will usually run into some in the same areas as the bass. The weakfish bite has also remained consistent across the state, with the best catches coming Warwick Neck, Greenwich Bay and the mouth of Greene’s River. Fluke action is starting to improve, while scup can be taken on squid and worms all over the state. Freshwater anglers are finding post-spawn largemouth on Yamamoto worms and shiners, while perch action has picked up around sunset on small jigs, lures and worms.
Jay, at Pamela May Charters in Narragansett, reports some strong striper action along the south shore over the past few days. There has been an influx of sand eels in the area, so the fish are actively hitting small topwaters, soft plastics and flies. There are some larger striped bass on the southwest side of the island and a nice mix of slot fish around the north rip. The fluke fishing has been slow around the south shore, but the island is still seeing a share of keepers and tons of shorts.
Chris Catucci took a break from the freshwater this week and took the Hobie out into the salt. He was able to dodge some rough weather and was rewarded with some excellent striped bass fishing. The Providence River area is loaded with pogies, and a fresh pogie on a circle hook translated into easy striped bass action, with fish from 20-30-pounds. There are also some true gator bluefish in the mix, so be sure to get plenty of bait!
Nick at Big Bear Hunting and Fishing told me that the heatwave has forced the largemouth fishermen to target early mornings or night shifts, but they have been doing well on Savege Rats and Jitterbugs. Trout fishing has been tougher in the heat, but with things cooling down, the dry fly fishing is about to ramp up! The saltwater action has been consistently decent, with enough stripers and fluke around to make most trips relatively successful. The weakfish continue to steal the show, as the numbers in the bay seem to be multiplying by the day.
Connecticut Fishing Report
Blackhawk Sportfishing reports that things have started to pick up as the water has warmed/cleaned up. The porgy fishing is steadily improving once again, while full-boat limits of weakfish remain commonplace. The start to the fluke season has been inconsistent, but it is still early, and that bite will only improve as the season goes on. They’ve had some beautiful sea bass in the mix this week, which portends well for the season opener on the 24th. Their trips remain by reservation only at this point, but everything is laid out on their website, so be sure to book a trip soon!
Mike Roy of Reel Cast Charters told me that the new moon seems to be pushing in some larger striped bass, along with another slug of bluefish. Action has been good in and around the river on topwater plugs, soft plastics, and live bunker. A dramatic rise in water temp has helped the sea bass and porgy bite, which are both going strong. Mike still has some openings for July, so be sure to check in with him soon!
Evan from Black Hall Outfitters reports that the warm weather seems to have brought in more stripers over the past few days. Fish are being taken in the rivers and out front on slow pitch jigs, eels, and GT Eels. Bluefish remain mixed in with the bass and are tearing soft plastics to shreds. Fluke is slowly starting to pick up locally, while better reports are still coming from those traveling to Montauk. Bucktails tipped with Gulp remains the top producer, and don’t be surprised to catch some keeper weakfish on the same offerings. Sea bass hasn’t quite hit its stride yet, but anglers are still finding consistent limits. Porgies are being taken in the same areas as the sea bass, and the sizes are generally more impressive than the sea bass. Freshwater anglers are reporting a good bass bite on ned rigs and tubes along the weedlines at Candlewood, Zoar, and Bantam.
Captain Chris Elser continues to find bluefish and stripers chasing bunker in the mid-sound area when he got back out there Tuesday. Light tackle and fly action has been excellent in mornings, with plenty of 20-28-inch fish, while larger fish continue to filter into the area each day. Fluke and sea bass action has been slow out west but seems to be picking up by the day as the water warms and the sand eels show up.
Fisherman’s World in Norwalk says the big bass are making their way east and starting to set up locally. As always, trolling continues to work, but the best action has been coming on large plugs fished around the bunker schools. Chunking fresh bunker after dark has always been a great summertime tactic and is starting to produce as well. The big bluefish are still hanging around the mid-sound area and can be seen finning around the mid-sound cans. The fluke bite has gotten steadier on both sides of the sound, with keepers taking jigs tipped with Gulp in 30-40-feet of water. The scup bite is also steady throughout the area, and no longer requires a trip across the sound.
Rhode Island Forecast
While the recent heatwave may not be here to stay, the summer fishing pattern is just about ready to set in. Striped bass and bluefish can still be found chasing bait in the tidal rivers, but some larger specimens are starting to settle in around the island and on their usual rips and reefs throughout CT and RI. It might sound cliché, but the fluke action truly is improving day by day. Things have been inconsistent, as the fish continue to move around, but anglers who are getting after it a couple days a week are reporting a slow but steady improvement each day. The scup seem to have settled in nicely and they will not be going anywhere anytime soon, while sea bass action continues to improve in CT and should hit its stride just in time for the RI opener. Freshwater anglers have changed tactics following the rapid rise in water temperatures, but largemouth are still feeding voraciously around the low-light hours.