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Anglers report the stripers are everywhere


Where’s the bite? Anglers are reporting fish in freshwater ponds, and all the bays, with striped bass, bluefish and tautog all heating up.

Freshwater fishing

Anglers continue to find trout in stocked ponds in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. “The largemouth bass are in prespawn mode, so the bite is outstanding, along with a good trout bite. One of our customers who fished Johnston Pond caught some great looking catfish last week,” said Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box, Warwick.

Jeff Sullivan of Lucky Bait & Tackle, Warren, said, “The largemouth bass bite is as good as it has ever been, and the trout bite has been fairly good.”

Striped bass and bluefish

“Stripers are everywhere, particularly in the East Passage, with anglers catching them with all types of hard and soft plastic lures,” said Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box.

East End Eddie Doherty, Cape Cod Canal fishing expert and author, said, “There has been some action in the west end with some 30-inch stripers caught on both sides, Bell Road and Mass Maritime. 30-pound bass are stacked up outside of Sippican Harbor, Marion, hopefully contemplating an entrance into the Canal. The new moon on Tuesday is ushering in breaking tides all week, so if the water warms up a little it could be epic!”

Declan O’Donnell of Breachway Bait & Tackle, Charlestown, said, “Fish range in size from 6-inch schoolies to 40 inch cows. Last week we saw an uptick in tidal moments, as we approached the end of a new moon. Bass around the Breachways are mostly after silversides. Having said that, thin-profile baits, such Joebaggs Miracle Minnow, Yo-Zuri Hydro Minnow, and SP Minnow, have proven to be effective. There are increasing reports of larger bluefish, and their abundance should continue to rise. To avoid getting bit off when hitting the rocks, you might want to thicken up your flouro.”

Jeff Sullivan of Luckey Bait & Tackle, said, “Some nice sized blue fish have arrived in the Bay.Angler Steve Brustein of Warwick caught a 30” bluefish while trolling a Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow in Greenwich Bay Saturday.

“Earlier in the week angler Adam Tam of Worcester caught a monster bluefish over 30 inches while fishing at night at Salley Rock, Warwick,” said Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle, Providence.”


Tautog fishing continues to improve. “The bite is gradually improving, with most boats capturing a respectable limit. In order to have a productive day, you might need to try hitting a few different rockpiles because the fish are not moving around all that much,” said Declan O’Donnell of Breachway Bait & Tackle.

Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box said,” The tautog bite is outstanding, with anglers doing well at Indian Pt. Park, Providence, to Newport, with anglers catching some nice fish a Plum Beach Light next to the Jamestown Bridge.”

Squid fishing has been on and off from the shore and from boats from the Newport Bridge area.

NOAA issues new wind reports

Bring on the science, as the more we know about offshore wind energy and its positive and negative impacts on our environment, ocean habitat and fisheries, the better. Much of what we know now has been gleaned from the more than 25 years European countries have been using wind energy as a primary source of renewable energy. For example, Denmark creates about 56 percent of its energy needs with wind power.

Last week NOAA Fisheries announced how they continue to update and expand analyses and reports to help the public better understand the impacts of offshore wind development on commercial and recreational fisheries along the U.S. Atlantic Coast. The new reports now include updated data and additional analysis on impacts to ports and cumulative impacts from all Greater Atlantic offshore wind lease areas combined.

For details on new data, analyses and a new data query tool visit Offshore Wind Energy Development in New England/Mid-Atlantic Waters | NOAA Fisheries.

Dave Monti holds a master captain’s license and charter fishing license. He serves on a variety of boards and commissions and has a consulting business focusing on clean oceans, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries related issues and clients. Forward fishing news and photos to or visit

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