Rhode Island Fishing Report
The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has been finding a decent pick of fluke on their full day trips with pool fish up to around 8 pounds. Unfortunately, the weather forced them to cancel trips scheduled for this past weekend, but they should be able to get back after it this weekend. They will also be offering squid trips and half-day trips on the weekends, as long as the weather cooperates and there is enough interest. 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 the striped bass have spread out quite a bit, but anglers are still finding some of mixed sizes. There are some nice bass feeding on pogies in the Providence River, while another good slug of bass can be found feeding on sand eels from Point Judith to the Narrow River. The pogies in the Providence River have caught the attention of some big bluefish as well, and they remain in the mix. Scup action has been good in the lower Bay and mid-Bay as far north as Bristol. The scup can also be found along the South County hard shorelines on clam tongues, sea worms and squid. Black sea bass action has been steady and fluke action is picking up locally on bucktails with squid and/or Gulp. Dave has a huge selection of umbrella rigs, TA lures and Alan’s Custom Lures, and is now open daily from 430 AM to 7 PM!
Eric, at The Saltwater Edge, told me that a variety of bait continues to make its way into Rhode Island and plenty of fish are following it in. On any given day or night, you might see boat anglers fishing the bottom, dropping spoons, casting big and small plastics, or trolling tube and worm. As always when nothing else is working break out the doc. Surf anglers who are on the fish seem to be sticking to their spots and keeping quiet because not every spot is producing large fish right now. This season they are seeing a lot of darters sell to sharpies who are keeping quiet about how the season is going, always a great sign. For the fly rodder, the worm bite is slowing down and the sand eel bite is hot. If you have a fly rod right now you have a great advantage over some boat anglers unable to cast small offerings. There are some very large fish chasing sand eels and crabs on your local flats so get out there.
Ralph, at Crafty One Customs reports that the striped bass fishing has still been very good in the bay with fish ranging in size from schoolies to 40-plus pounds. The bass have been feeding heavily and there have been some surface feeds popping up from time to time. Live bunker, jigging spoons, eels, soft plastics and topwater are all producing fish. Along with the bass, anglers are reporting a good supply of gator bluefish! Fluke action has been better out by the island, but there have been some decent fish starting to show up in local waters over the past few days. Black sea bass and scup action has picked up nicely in local waters as well.
Jay, at Pamela May Charters told me that the sand eels are thick out front and the bass are everywhere. They have moved out front, so Jay started to transition that way as well. They are a little fussy but the sand eel fly in green and white has worked great for fly anglers. A green or white sluggo, along with a large topwater offering has gotten the job done for spin fishermen. Hot spots have been all over inside the bay and outside the bay, and it’s been one of the best early seasons that Jay can remember. Bluefish are mixed in, including some big ones around North Kingstown that will take anything you have to offer. They haven’t targeted fluke just yet, but are hearing that the bite has been solid, but you may have to pick through a number of shorts.
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Ian, at Ranger Charters told me that the striped bass bite has been good from Narragansett Bay to Block Island. The Newport area itself is starting to heat up as the fish are starting to make their way outside of the bay. There are still plenty of bluefish in the mix as well. He hasn’t done much bottom fishing recently, but the fluke and sea bass reports seem to be improving. He’s continuing to hear some encouraging reports from the offshore guys, so it shouldn’t be too long before he starts heading that way.
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Rob, at Newport Sportfishing Charters reports that the big striped bass bite has remained good for him without having to travel too far. The key has been to find some live bunker, if you can do that, you shouldn’t have much of an issue finding big bass. The fluking has been much more hit or miss, but with the plethora of bait in the area, you’d expect that to improve soon.
Rhode Island Fishing Forecast
Striped bass fishing has remained strong in Rhode Island. Reports from Block Island are slower this week, likely because you don’t have to travel all the way out there to find them. 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 have started to improve locally, albeit a great deal of short fish. The better fluke reports are still coming from the Block Island area. The sea bass season has been strong since the opener and there is certainly no shortage of big scup. Freshwater anglers have no shortage of opportunities, with strong reports for pre-spawn largemouth, crappie, pike, carp, and trout.