Rhode Island Fishing Report- June 22, 2023

Stripers feed on sand eels out front and bunker in the backwaters, fluke fishing steadily improves and Block Island sees a big push of hefty bass.

(Above) Dustin Stevens of R.I. Kayak Fishing Adventures with a nice keeper sea bass from a recent outing. 

Rhode Island Fishing Report

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has been finding a decent pick of keeper fluke and sea bass on recent trips. The east winds over the past few days have made for some fast drifts, but the fluke don’t seem to mind, including the biggest of the year at 10 pounds this week. The sea bass season has started off strong and they will be spending a bit more time looking for some knotheads in the coming trips. The weekend weather looks solid, and the fleet will continue to have 3 trips daily. Half day trips will be running from 8 to 12 in the mornings and from 1 to 5 in the afternoons, while the full day trips run 7-4. You can get a look at their full schedule and make reservations on their website, or you can call the office. 

Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, reports that striped bass fishing remains steady across the state, with good fishing out front, in the rivers, and at Block Island. The striped bass in the rivers are hitting fresh pogies and will occasionally take a clam, while the fish out front are hitting needlefish and other sand eel imitators. Local fluke fishing took a turn for the better this week, with decent reports of keeper fish taking Bucktails and MagicTail Hoochies tipped with Gulp. Quality sea bass are easy enough to find and the scup fishing is great mid-bay and across the South County rockpiles/beaches. A couple of the local tuna anglers are making the run offshore and most are starting to catch their first fish of the season.  

Ralph, at Crafty One Customs reports that the bay is still loaded with striped bass, but they continue to feed on small sand eels, so they can be difficult to catch at times. If you can match the hatch and find some hungry bass, you’re likely to find fish in the slot, under the slot, and some fish that go way over the slot! There are still quite a few bluefish in the mix, including some monster gators! Fluke fishing has been steady enough, but most anglers are picking through a ton of shorts. The keeper fish that are being caught have generally been pretty large though.  Larger black sea bass are biting on the deep structure and scup fishing has been excellent all over the state. for anglers fishing from shore and boat.

Jay, at Pamela May Charters told me that stripers have spread out a bit, but they still remain plentiful on most trips. The fish are feeding on sand eels all over the area, so matching the hatch with green RonZ’s and Slug-gos has been getting the job done. There are loads of 25-inch fish, along with some better fish to 35 inches or so in the mix. There are still some bluefish in the mix, although the stripers are starting to outnumber them quite a bit. The Block Island bass bite really started to take off this week and is your best shot at a true giant right now. Anglers started to report some bigger fluke this week, along with improving sea bass action on the deep structure. 

Ian, at Ranger Charters has continued to find some quality striped bass from Narragansett Bay to Block Island. The Newport area itself is continuing to heat up as the fish are starting to make their way outside of the bay. He didn’t have much else to report inshore, as the offshore bite seems to be materializing, and he’s gearing up to make his first trips offshore this weekend. 

Rob, at Newport Sportfishing Charters reports that the big striped bass bite has been excellent, so he hasn’t really targeted much else! The fishing is strong throughout the state, so options are out there regardless of weather. If it’s snotty you can hang inside the bay and find fish to 40 pounds, and on the nicer days you can find some giants around Newport, and of course out at Block. Rob has continued to have fish from slot size to 50-pounds plus, so it’s safe to say the bite is red hot!  

Captain Rob Taylor’s clients smile with a trophy striper caught aboard Newport Sportfishing Charters.

Dustin at, Rhode Island Kayak Fishing Adventures reports that the striped bass action is still hot and heavy, and plenty of bluefish are still around as well. The bottom fishing bite seems to be picking up, with a lot more keeper sea bass, fluke, and large scup being taken. This is great news because on days that striper action is slow, bottom fishing can provide great table fare. With a large push of very small baitfish over the last 2 weeks, anglers have an opportunity to catch some really nice fish on small presentations, especially the fly fisherman. With summer officially starting now is a great time to reach out to book your kayak and/or shore fishing adventure today!

Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

Striped bass fishing remains steady across the Ocean State, regardless of what part of the state you may be fishing. Reports from Block Island have improved greatly this week, but you can still find them closer to home if you don’t feel like making the run. The mouth of the bay and the Providence River are producing some big bass on pogies, while bass of mixed sizes can be found all over the beaches feeding on sand eels. Fluke reports saw a bit of an uptick this week, with the overall sizes improving across the board. The better fluke reports are still coming from the Block Island area, but it may take some time to find them, as they keep moving around. The sea bass season has been strong since the opener and the sea bass season starts this weekend for the charter boats. Scup has been rounding out the catch nicely, with plenty of keepers for shore and boat anglers. Freshwater anglers have no shortage of opportunities, with strong reports for post-spawn largemouth, crappie, pike, carp, and trout.

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