(Above) Richard Pena happily hoists his limit of some quality tautog from his trip with R.I. Kayak Fishing Adventures.
Rhode Island Fishing Report
The Frances Fleet is still seeing some decent cod action when they have been able to get out to the grounds. High hook has generally been landing 3-4 keepers, with jigs starting to outfish bait this week. There have also been some quality tautog coming over the rails on the last few trips. Cod fishing will continue through April and into early May when they might have a chance to start targeting fluke. Reservations continue to be required for cod trips so be sure to book online or call the office before heading to the dock
Dustin, at Rhode Island Kayak Fishing Adventures told me that the tautog fishing has continued to get better each trip, and we still haven’t reached the peak of the spring season. Large schools of various types of bait have started to move into the state, resulting in increased fresh striped bass activity. The salt ponds and tidal rivers are also still providing a good school bass bite. Freshwater anglers are reporting a strong largemouth bite across the site, and a second wave of trout stocking has kept the trout action hot. Dustin is currently booking kayak and shore fishing trips for the 2022 upcoming season, so be sure to book asap at www.rikfa.com.
Dave at Ocean State Tackle in Providence has been hearing some solid squid reports from anglers targeting them throughout Narragansett Bay. Squid have been coming on the jig in Newport and Jamestown, with the best results coming from anglers who have been bouncing around from spot to spot until they find a good pile. Striped bass of mixed sizes have been harassing the schools of bait in the East Bay, while school bass action has picked up along the South Shore. Tautog fishing has steadily improved, with solid reports from the bay and in the rivers, and Dave once again has green crabs in stock. Dave will be open from 5 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday, and 430 AM to 7 PM on the weekends.
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Spring fishing across Southern New England has remained on schedule for the most part, despite less-than-ideal weather conditions. Striped bass fishing is the main draw for most anglers, with a solid bite throughout the salt ponds and tidal rivers across Rhode Island and CT, along with an improving number of fresh fish showing up out front along the beaches and river mouths. Small soft plastics and sandworms can be trusted to fool a bass just about anywhere, while some better fish are now willing to hit a larger plug around the herring runs. Saltwater anglers in Rhode Island can continue to cash in on a quality spring tautog bite, along with improved cod action around Block Island. Options for freshwater anglers remain plentiful across both states, with steady reports of bass, perch, pike, crappie, and trout. Shad enthusiasts have been most affected by the tough weather and conditions, but a steady improvement over the past few days should give hope to those that are looking to soak a willow leaf this weekend.