Rhode Island Fishing Report- January 19, 2023

Cod fishing is good when conditions permit, holdover stripers are active amid mild weather, and freshwater ponds are fishing well for trout, salmon, bass and pickerel.

Rhode Island Fishing Report

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has been running trips for cod whenever the weather cooperates. The fishing hasn’t been lock and load, but most anglers are being rewarded for grinding out some time on the rail. Both jigs and bait have been producing some nice cod catches, and weights have varied as they’ve been both drifting and anchoring at times. To check on the schedule for upcoming trips and to make reservations check out their website or call the office.  

Ralph, at Crafty One Customs had said that anglers have been using the warmer weather to their advantage and finding some holdover striped bass action in the ponds and rivers. That bite should continue to hold strong as long as it’s not too cold, and saltwater anglers can also look to some solid cod action on the days in which the weather cooperates. He also reported that freshwater anglers have taken advantage of the lakes and ponds opening up and have been finding a good largemouth bite on jigs and jerkbaits. Ralph has closed the shop for the month of January and would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 


Elisa, from Snug Harbor Marina reports that many local anglers have been chasing holdover stripers, although the bite has remained a bit slower than in years past. A few decent fish are being picked up here and there, but you have to work for them. The cod bite has slowed down a bit, but when the headboats get a decent day to run, they are finding some nice fish.  

Dustin, at RI Kayak Fishing Adventures, told me that there are still some great open water opportunities, despite being in the dead of winter calendar-wise. The trout and Sebago salmon bite has been very strong, thanks to the help of some recent stockings. Fly, lure, and bait presentations have all been getting the job done. Largemouth bass have become a bit more lethargic, but slowly presented baits and jigs have been getting the job done. If you still have the itch to catch some striped bass, now is a perfect time to target holdover fish. Most of the fish have been schoolies, but it is still fun nonetheless. Head over to rifka.com to book your kayak and/or shore fishing trip today! 

Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

While signs of a February cool down are on the horizon, the mild winter continues, and so do the wintertime open water fishing opportunities.   

Rhode Island saltwater anglers saw less cooperation from mother nature this week, but when anglers were able to get out to the cod grounds, they are generally finding some strong catches. Holdover striped bass fishing has picked up a bit, but it still remains better than usual for this time of year. Ideally, we start to see even more holdover action, with a few more sunny days and some cleaning water. Recent trout and Sebago Salmon stockings have produced good catches for anglers working the rivers and streams. The largemouth bass, pickerel, and panfish bite is also going strong, with pretty much all bodies of water still clear of ice.  

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