Rhode Island Fishing Report – January 6, 2022

Offshore boats remain docked three weeks into 2022, with consistently strong winds and freezing temperatures.

Despite the recent cold temperatures, freshwater fishing for trout and other species on the Cape is holding steady.

UPDATE: January 20, 2022- Rhode Island Fishing Report

The weather hasn’t allowed the Frances Fleet in Narragansett to get to the cod grounds yet in 2022. Last week, the captains found much improved action by fishing closer to Block Island. The overall numbers of codfish have improved, with many more shorts showing up, along with a nice pick of keeper fish. The weather looks likely to keep the boats at the dock through the weekend, but be sure to check with the office for updated scheduling and reservations. As of January 20th, strong winds and spray advisories have kept cod boats docked for safety concerns.

A couple weeks back, Quonnie Bait and Tackle in Charlestown reported that there are still a few stripers to be had along the local beaches and in the salt ponds, but fishing interest for bass has started to lessen. In more interesting news, there have been some reliable reports of anglers catching inshore cod very close to home. Local shell fishermen who are still out there digging are reporting good clam results across the state. Freshwater interest has picked up since the latest trout and salmon stockings, with many of the local ponds producing good catches of both species.

Nick at Big Bear Hunting and Fishing told me that trout fishing has been fantastic. The Rhode Island DEM recently stocked several the local lakes and ponds with some quality trout to 3+ pounds, along with some beautiful landlocked salmon. Both species are providing excellent winter angling opportunities, especially with the recent mild weather keeping the lakes and ponds free from skim ice. Strong reports have come from Barber Pond, Carbuncle Pond, and Olney Pond, and you can find a full list of recently stocked bodies of water on the DEM website or Facebook page.

Connecticut Fishing Report

Blackhawk Sportfishing will be scheduling trips based on weather, so be sure to check their website for updates and tickets.

Last week, the guys at Rivers End in Old Saybrook said that the school striped bass has still been going along the beaches from Saybrook to New London, but the safer bet has been up in the tidal rivers. The lower CT River is producing decent numbers of schoolie to slot sized bass, while the Housatonic remains the safer bet for consistent action. Freshwater anglers are either waiting patiently for ice or taking advantage of the mild weather and finding some open water opportunities. The Connecticut River coves have been ice free recently and are producing some nice pike on large golden shiners. Trout anglers are reporting good results at the Farmington and Salmon rivers, while a number of anglers are reporting good salmon action in the Naugatuck and Shetucket rivers.

Fishing Forecast

Fluctuating temperatures have made local ice scarce, but with more sub-freezing weather in the forecast, it shouldn’t be long now. The mild weather has provided plenty of open-water options for fresh and saltwater anglers. Trout and salmon are producing some excellent catches in Rhode Island. Trout and Atlantic salmon stockings across Connecticut have produced equally as well, with good trout action in the Farmington River and salmon coming from the Shetucket and Naugatuck rivers. The upper Connecticut River coves are producing some nice pike catches, while the lower river is still full of holdover striped bass.

When wind and seas allow, the headboats are eager to return to the cod grounds, where fishing was showing signs of improvement, even closer inshore, before the first of the year.

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