Fishing Report
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I t’s not too early to sign up for one of the summer’s most popular fishing events. “We are thrilled that the Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament keeps growing. Last year … more
Where’s the bite? Anglers are reporting fish in freshwater ponds, and all the bays, with striped bass, bluefish and tautog all heating up. more
The great news is that the striped bass are here on their spring migration north. I caught a 30” fish in Greenwich Bay Saturday in front of Buttonwoods, Warwick, with a Yo-Zuri Cystal minnow … more
The Better Bay Alliance held a public workshop on April 25 with Ørsted and their Revolution Wind project, which is being built this year along with a cable installation in the West Passage of … more
“Fisheries Economics of the U.S.,” released by NOAA Fisheries, shows recreational fishing in 2022 (the most recent data available) had a dramatic increase compared to 2021. In an advisory … more
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management filed new regulations for the 2024 fishing season last week. Anglers should take note that we have a striped bass filet law in place now that … more
Opening Day of the freshwater fishing season in Rhode Island begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has stocked more than 60,000 brook, … more
The spring migration run of striped bass will soon be underway. The water temperatures off Narragansett at press time was 41 degrees. Traditionally 55 degrees is the temperature when the fish are … more
Atlantic Herring numbers are down — way down. According to NOAA Fisheries, the stock is overfished. In 2022, overall commercial landings totaled 9.3 million pounds. By comparison, a decade … more
It is my honor to be the guest speaker at the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association seminar Monday, March 25,   at 7 p.m. at the West Warwick Elks, 60   Cyle St., West Warwick. The … more
I love it when a plan comes together.   Scott Travers, executive director of the R.I. Saltwater Anglers Association, and his board of directors did an outstanding job with the New England … more
The New England Saltwater Fishing Show is Friday, March 8, to Sunday, March 11, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence. If you like to fish on the salt, you are in for a big treat. … more
At press time the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island were all still seeking public comment and input on 2024 fishing regulations for saltwater fishing. So, the regulations list for … more
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM)  announced spring programs scheduled to connect Rhode Islanders with our state’s beautiful natural resources. From vernal pool night to … more
The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography held an online seminar last Wednesday, titled “Recreational Fishing and Offshore Wind Energy: Understanding the Changing … more
It is not often you get a win, win when engaging in fisheries research. But the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation   (CFRF) is trying to find out what impact offshore wind farms have on … more
Shark depredation, the full or partial consumption of a hooked fish by a shark before it is landed, is an increasing source of human and wildlife conflict in recreational fisheries. This summer and … more
\NOAA Fisheries announced the annual opening of a Seasonal Management Area (SMA) in Cape Cod Bay to protect North Atlantic right whales starting on Jan. 1, 2024, to May 15, 2024.   All vessels … more
The Rhody Fly Rodders, the oldest chartered saltwater fly club in America, is holding a 60th Anniversary Banquet Celebration Saturday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m.at Wright’s Farm Restaurant, 84 Inman … more
Sometimes there is a silver lining and good things come out of a bad situation. Last week anglers met with Janet Coit, assistant administrator and chief of NOAA Fisheries and her staff, to talk about … more
Hats off to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and his staff for putting together the Energy, Environment and Oceans Leaders Day, Friday, Dec. 1, at the Rhode Island Convention Center. This is the 14th year the … more
I have made a lot of friends fishing but have made just as many at coffee shops. Sorry to say my coffee friend Marc passed away Saturday after fighting pancreatic cancer for over a year. Fishing … more
The Atlantic coastal states of Maine through Virginia have scheduled hearings to gather public input on Draft Addendum II to Amendment 7 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped … more
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced its winter season of outdoor programs, from fly tying to wild game cooking classes. The Aquatic Resource Education, Hunter … more
Fishing for tautog (also called black fish) has been outstanding in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.   The fish are abundant and quite large. Anglers are allowed just one trophy fish, … more
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