Rhode Island Fishing Report- February 15, 2024

Cod fishing is slow off of Block Island, while in freshwater, shore and kayak anglers catch largemouth bass, stocked trout and Sebago salmon in the ponds.

Rhode Island Fishing Report: Winter Update

Elisa at Snug Harbor Marina said that the headboats are reporting a slower cod bite. There is quite a bit of life on the grounds in terms of bait, so hopefully the cod start to settle in as the weather improves and temperatures rise. Before the cool down in mid-January there were some solid reports of local holdover school striper action. The bite has been slow since that cold snap, but the fish should still be there, so we should start seeing better fishing as we make our way towards Spring. In the meantime, there are still good enough reports coming from the rivers in Connecticut if you don’t mind taking a ride to find a tight line.  

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith had some good and bad to report this week. Unfortunately, the bite on the cod grounds has been tough recently, but the good news is that the grounds are now full of bait. As the days get longer and we work our way towards spring, the codfish are bound to find all that bait and start to settle in. The schedule for all upcoming trips can be viewed on their website and are open for reservations.  

Dave at Ocean State Tackle in Providence told me that the lack of ice across the state has shut down any hopes of continued ice fishing but is providing anglers a change to get some open water fishing done. The state stocked a number of lakes and ponds with trout, as well as Sebago salmon this winter, and anglers are cashing in. The full list of stocked bodies of water can be found on the DEM website, while recent reports have been best from Carbuncle and Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods.  

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. Skim ice is all but gone across the state, and the rising temperatures should start to help the holdover striped bass bite. That bite has been quiet since the last cold snap, but the fish are almost certainly still there, and will benefit from a rise in water temperatures.  

Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

A brief cold snap right after the last forecast I shared gave Rhode Island ice anglers a few chances at fishing through the ice, but a milder pattern has settled in, and open water fishing rules the day. The robust round of winter trout and salmon stocking continues to provide open water anglers with strong fishing. Olney Pond has been a hot spot recently, along with Carbuncle Pond, but most of the stocked lakes and ponds are producing enough to not have to travel too far. 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 picked up nicely before the last cold snap, and while it has trended quieter recently, it should fire back up as the days get longer/warmer. There isn’t much to report for saltwater anglers, but the bait/life is encouraging enough on the cod grounds to portend a potentially strong late-winter cod bite. 

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