Rhode Island Fishing Report: Winter Update
Snug Harbor Marina reports that things have been quiet since the tautog, scup, and sea bass season has closed, but the recent bout of warmer water has provided some inland/inshore opportunities. The salt ponds are still providing some decent school striped bass fishing on the warmer days and has been especially fruitful for the kayak anglers. Recent trout and salmon stockings has provided anglers another great winter fishing opportunity. A number of lakes and ponds have received trout stockings this winter and a number of other lakes including Melville and Carbuncle have received stockings of Sebago salmon. These bodies of water should be devoid of skim ice and will fish well until the lock back up. Check out the RIDEM website for more details on the fall stockings.
The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has hung up the rods for the winter as they get ready for the upcoming show season. Be sure to check in with them over the winter and keep an eye on the website so you’re ready to reserve a spot as soon as they start sailing again!
Dustin at Rhode Island Kayak Fishing Adventures reports that most of the local anglers have been focusing on the recently trout stocked lakes and ponds and the recently salmon stocked lakes and ponds. He added that the winter largemouth bite has also been good for anglers using the right presentations at Stump, Worden’s, Barber Pond as well as a number of smaller ponds, as long as they are skim ice free. Skim ice last week started to hurt the holdover striped bass bite, but there were still plenty of fish to be had on the warmer days, and the recent warm up should keep things ice free for another week or so at least.
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Rhode Island Fishing Forecast
Another year of mild winter weather has crushed the hopes and dreams of many local ice fishermen, but, has also provided plenty of options for anglers who haven’t retired the rods and reels for the winter. A robust round of winter trout and salmon stocking across Rhode Island has garnered the most interest in the Ocean State. The Melville Ponds and Carbuncle Pond have been hot spots for both but there are a number of lakes and ponds, which are providing good fishing. A full list of the recently stocked bodies of water can be found on the RIDEM website. A winter largemouth bite has also been going strong and should be taken advantage of before we get more skim ice. Holdover striped bass fishing has also been better than in years past, especially on the warmer days, so take advantage of that before the weather truly turns.