Rhode Island Fishing Report- May 26, 2022

Weakfish, tautog and sizable stripers are keeping rods bent in Rhode Island waters this week.

Rhode Island Fishing Report 

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has transitioned to fluke fishing, and the start of the season has gone well. Captain Rich was out earlier in the week with great drift conditions and found plenty of fluke to 6 pounds. Later in the week, Captain Cole was able to put together a decent pile of fish on the grounds, despite some tougher drift conditions. Both bait and jigs have been producing, with either fresh squid or pink shine Gulp being top producers. The evening squid trips have also remained consistent, with high hooks managing a full bucket on most trips. The daily fluke trips will continue to sail at 7 AM when the weather allows and check the website for updated squid schedule.  

Big early season fluke aboard the Frances Fleet.

Jay, at Pamela May Charters told me that they started up their trips recently and have had some great success with striped bass by drifting and slow trolling live bunker. They’ve found bass to 40-inches, along with plenty of smaller fish around the slot-class. The bluefish and weakfish have also continued to pile into the Bay, and Jay is planning some fly trips up there this weekend. Fly fishermen should also be looking forward to some cinder worm hatches soon, as the sun continues to warm up the flats. The fluke haven’t hit the south shore beaches in full force just yet, but the reports around Block Island are improving and the number of inshore squid should have them here very soon.  

Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters was happy to report that the bay is on fire! The spring striped bass fishing has been as good as ever, with fish from schoolie-size to 40+ pounds spread throughout the area. The bass are willing to hit live baits and surface plugs around the top and bottom of the tides. 50+ fish days have been common, with a vast majority coming on topwaters. The weakfish bite has also shown no signs of slowing with big schools of quality fish patrolling the west bay. Connor also reported some limits of tautog for anglers that want to give the spring season one last go. The squid fishing has been consistent, with most anglers filling buckets when they put some time in. 

Dustin, at Rhode Island Kayak Fishing Adventures told me the striped bass fishing has remained solid throughout the bay, and some bigger bluefish have also started to make their presence felt. A nice glut of weakfish are still in the area, providing a nice change of pace option. The sea bass action has started to get going nicely, along with a few better fluke showing up inshore. Dustin’s schedule is filling up quicky, so be sure to check out www.rikfa.com to book ASAP. 


Dustin of R.I. Kayak Fishing Adventures with a pair of quality R.I. weakfish for he and his client. (@dustingoesfishing / @rikayakfishingadventures)


Dave at Ocean State Tackle in Providence reports that the Providence River continues to fish well for stripers, with shore, boat, and kayak anglers finding success. The return of the weakfish is still a top story across the state, including a recent report of some larger specimens being caught in Greenwich Bay by Arthur Coia. Bluefish are scattered throughout the bay, and they continue to seem to be getting larger by the day. The scup are active in Narragansett, Jamestown, Tiverton, and Newport, while the sea bass fishing is improving throughout the area. Anglers targeting tautog are still finding some good catches and we have until the end of the month to target them a few more times. Ocean State Tackle is open 5 AM to 7 PM on weekdays, and 430 AM to 7 PM Saturday through Monday for the holiday.  

Captain Rob, at Newport Sportfishing Charters has continued to find no shortage of big striped bass this week, with consistent catches to 40-pounds throughout the mid/upper Bay. There have also been some reports of some better fish showing up at Block, so it seems we’re not too far off from strong fishing throughout the state. He was also encouraged by the fluke fishing this week. While it is far from lock and load, if you can locate them, you can generally put together some good numbers of quality fish.  

More big bass aboard Newport Sportfishing Charters this week.

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Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

An influx of striped bass across southern New England is the main draw in town for most anglers, but a part of the story across Rhode Island and Connecticut should be about comebacks as we enter this Memorial Day weekend. Rhode Island anglers should continue to take advantage of the arrival of large striped bass, with the Bay producing steady catches of large fish, and solid reports from Block Island likely foreshadowing an arrival of a larger glut of fish throughout the state. The comeback fish of Rhode Island is the weakfish, as reports do not seem to be slowing down, resulting in a steady option and solid table fare. Sea bass and fluke reports are just starting to pop off but based on the number of squid in the area, we appear to be right on schedule. Much the same in Connecticut, where striped bass numbers seem to be increasing exponentially throughout the state. The comeback king of Connecticut appears to be the gator bluefish, with very steady reports of large, aggressive fish from central CT to New London. It’s hard to say how long these fish will hang around, but right now they are providing some great action that anglers should take advantage of this weekend. Fluke, sea bass, and scup reports from Western CT have improved, and we should start to see a migration onto the Eastern Sound reefs and rips any day now.

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