Your Best Spring Fishing in Rhode Island
March 19, 2014
Not surprisingly, the Ocean State features many miles of Atlantic coastline where surf casters and offshore boaters work the salt for blues, stripers, blackfish and other popular "deep sea" species. Inland opportunities for spring fishing in Rhode Island include great fishing for bass, trout and panfish.
It's the rare winter that leaves ice on the ponds of Rhode Island in March, but the possibility is there especially after the harsh, persistent winter of 2013-14. Ice-fishermen may have their best chance for a last-minute foray at Wallum Lake in the far northwestern corner of the state. If safe ice remains, try fishing just above the weeds for yellow perch and bluegills. The best action will be found in 10 feet of water or less using grubs, mousies or garden worms on tip-ups or small, flashy jigging lures on thrumming rods.
Bass fishermen who can't wait any longer should focus their efforts on Worden Pond in southeastern Rhode Island. Though the spring spawn is still weeks away bass will be moving into the warmer shallows as air and water temperatures slowly increase this month. Fish the midday period on the lee shore, targeting bass that are looking for warmer water and the chance to dine on schools of heat-seeking baitfish. Small spinnerbaits, crankbaits and sinking plugs are sure to get a quick response from winter-weary largemouths.
May is the time to head for Rhode Island's extensive saltwater shoreline, where surf-casters and offshore boaters will find plenty of action beginning this month. Cast live eels or chunk baits beyond the breakers or drift and fish along the ledges during tidal changes. Find a seam where big stripers lay in wait for schools of current-dazed baitfish and hang on!
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