Rhode Island Fishing Report- May 19, 2022

Stripers to forty pounds reach Rhode Island while quality bluefish show up in numbers.

Rhode Island Fishing Report

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has been out fishing for squid whenever the conditions have permitted, and most trips have been successful. Anglers targeting squid have found at least enough for a good dinner, while most are leaving with full buckets. Conditions haven’t been great for the cod grounds, but the fleet plans on being out there to target cod and fluke very soon. Be sure to check their website for updated scheduling and to reserve a trip! 

Cheri, at C-Devil II Sportfishing in Narragansett was happy to send their first report of the season over and told me that they started the season this week with squid, and it’s been highly successful. The squid are big, and the schools are big, with customers easily filling coolers off the Charlestown beaches. The first bass trip of the season also took place last week and did not disappoint. They had limits of slot bass pretty easily, along with a few decent fluke and bluefish. The season looks to be shaping up nicely, so be sure to check their live calendar on their website to book before it’s too late.  

Dustin, at Rhode Island Kayak Fishing Adventures told me that action has been solid throughout Narragansett Bay for multiple species. The tautog action has slowed down a bit, but there are still plenty of keepers around for those who are working for them. There’s enough squid around to think that the fluke fishing is about to take off, and we should also expect waves of black sea bass to me moving inshore any day now. The number of striped bass in the area seems to be increasing exponentially from day to day, along with a nice mix of aggressive bluefish. Freshwater anglers are reporting some good largemouth bass action in the shallows, as the fish are still holding on their spawning beds. Dustin’s schedule is filling up quicky, so be sure to check out www.rikfa.com to book ASAP. 

Big Rhode Island bluefish for Dustin Stevens of RI Kayak Fishing Adventures

Dave at Ocean State Tackle in Providence has been hearing strong striped bass reports over the past few days, with some better fish being taken on topwater offerings, soft plastics, and large swimmers in the bay. There are also some better fish showing up out front on similar offerings, along with fresh pogie chunks. Those targeting tautog are still finding some nice catches, while the scup fishing has continued to improve. The best scup reports continue to come from Rocky Point, Conimicut Point, and Sabin Point on fresh squid, clams, and worms. Mike Littlefield has been running out to the cod grounds whenever he can and is reporting a few decent cod catches, along with some nice black sea bass to 5-pounds. Those sea bass, along with some fresh fluke should be entering inshore waters any day now.

One of many big bass caught on Newport Sportfishing Charters this week.


Captain Rob, at Newport Sportfishing Charters has started his season with a bang. He had no shortage of big striped bass this week, with consistent catches to 40-pounds on most trips. He was also encouraged by the fluke fishing this week. While it is far from lock and load, it seems to be improving everyday across South County to Newport; especially if you can locate the larger schools of squid.  

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Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

It may feel a bit more like summer than spring this weekend, but we have certainly entered that great in-between season period where fishing options are abundant. Striped bass have been the main show in town throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut, as Rhode Island anglers have welcomed some fresh bass to 40-pounds, while Connecticut anglers are seeing an influx of bigger bass into the tidal rivers and across the adjacent reefs. Rhode Island saltwater anglers should also be taking advantage of some large schools of squid that have inundated the area, and those squid have more than likely started to bring in the first push of doormat fluke. Connecticut anglers have the best of both worlds, with some solid striped bass running up the rivers in search of river herring, along with some fresh arriving bass and bluefish in the river mouths on the hunt of the first schools of bunker. With temperatures rising this weekend, we should only see improvements, in the form of more bunker, fresh bass, and fresh fluke arriving in our local waters. Freshwater anglers have plenty to work with as well, with big largemouth bass chewing in shallow water, and continued strong trout fishing across Connecticut and Rhode Island.  

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