Waterways stocked with trout
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is stocking ponds across Rhode Island with 6,000 trout in advance of Columbus Day weekend. Because of the extreme drought conditions present in many of the state's fresh waters, the number of bodies of water being stocked is limited; if conditions improve, additional stocking will take place this fall.
The following waters will be stocked: Carbuncle Pond, Coventry; Olney Pond, Lincoln; Silver Spring Pond, North Kingstown; Barber Pond, South Kingstown; Round Top Ponds, Burrillville; Stafford Pond, Tiverton; Wood River and Pawcatuck River, Richmond.
A current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp are required to keep or possess a trout. The daily creel and possession limit for trout is five from April 9, 2016, through Nov. 30, 2016, and two from Dec. 1, 2016, through Feb. 28, 2017.
Visit www.dem.ri.com for licensing information and additional waterways stocking information.
Learn how to fly fish
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Trout Unlimited chapters in Northern R.I. and Narragansett, and the Rhode Fly Rodders are sponsoring a free fly fishing school Oct. 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Narrow River Sprague Bridge Parking Lot, Boston Neck Road, Narragansett.
Students will learn how to choose the right equipment, tie basic knots, how to read the water, how to choose natural baits and artificial matches, as well as how to fish for striped bass and shad. Adults and children 12 years old and up are welcome.
Register in advance with Kimberly Sullivan, DEM, at 401-539-0037 or firstname.lastname@example.org; you can also register with Scott Travers, DEM, at 401-539-0016 or (email@example.com).
Bay State wind geotechnical survey in October
DONG Energy has leased a portion of the BOEM Massachusetts Wind Energy Area south of Martha’s Vineyard. They completed a geophysical survey in August and September and a follow-up survey is now planned to begin Oct. 7.
The survey will involve seabed testing at 18 fixed locations. The survey vessel will remain stationary at each location for approximately two to 24 hours at a time using dynamic positioning systems.
Fishermen are requested to remain aware of these survey operations and to maintain a prudent distance (half-mile minimum) from the RV Fugro Synergy while the vessel is on station. A local Fishing Industry Representative (FIR), Steve Welch, will act as the onboard fisheries point of contact, advising the vessel master on local fishing activities. Fishermen working in the Survey Area are advised to contact FIR Steve Welch through the RV Fugro Synergy bridge to coordinate activities at RV Fugro Synergy VSAT phone 01131107130581. Also they will be standing by on VHF channel 16.
In advance of survey operations local fishermen with questions may also contact John Williamson, DONG Energy Fishery Liaison at 1 (207) 939-7055 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where’s the bite
fishing is exploding with many anglers catching their limit of three fish/person/day (10 fish boat limit). Tautog minimum size is 16 inches. Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle, Warwick, said, “Tautog fishing is very good. Customers are catching their limit at Plum Lighthouse next to the Jamestown Bridge, General Rock in North Kingstown and the rock cluster on the northeast side of Hope Island.” Manny Macedo of Lucky Bait & Tackle, Warren, said, “Tautog fishing is good. Anglers are catching them all the way up the Warren River.” Angler Charlie Prisco of Warwick said, “Another good day on Sunday fishing for tautog. We gave General Rock a try. It was a brisk day, no sun and one other boat. Lots of fish mostly shorts but Carole and I managed to get three keepers. The large fish (in the low 20’s) put up a good fight. He kept taking drag and trying to get into the rocks. I walked him down one side of the boat and around the engine and back up the other side. What a fight!” I fished last week at General Rock, North Kingstown and caught by two keepers in about 90 minutes. Anglers fishing off Newport last weekend had no problems landing their limit of good size tautog to 20 to 22 inches in 30 to 35 feet of water.
is good when vessels have been able to get out. Capt. Frank Blount of the Frances Fleet said, “Only made it out Sunday and Monday for cod fish due to bad weather. Monday was the better of the two outings with a solid catch of nice green cod fish, the majority of which were in the eight- to 12-pound range with a few bigger ones into the mid-teens. Jigs and bait were both effective with a number of fishermen taking home three to four nice cod each.”
Bluefish and striped bass
fishing is good. “The Bay exploded with bluefish four weeks ago and now anglers are catching striped bass that are mixed in with them. Most of them are school-size bass but there are some keepers. One customer caught a 30-inch bass this past weekend. There is a ton of peanut bunker (immature Atlantic menhaden) in the water. At first, you would see the birds with a lot of bait but now there are a lot of blues and bass surfacing too,” said Manny Macedo of Lucky Bait. Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle said, “Barrington Beach is hot for bluefish and there are some nice-sized striped bass now being caught in the Bay.”
fishing may be a good bet this week with a poor weekend forecast at press time. Fishing is expected to be excellent as the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is stocking ponds prior to the holiday weekend with 6,000 trout. Visit www.dem.ri.gov for details.
Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and a member of the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Contact or forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at email@example.com or visit his website at www.noflukefishing.com.