Now is the time to go trout fishing alone or with family or friends.
Trout season is on, and with freshly-stocked streams in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, it’s pretty easy to catch a fish.
Falls Pond and Whiting Pond in North Attleboro are two local books stored by the State of Massachusetts.
What not to like? Being outside in the fresh, clean air with the anticipation and excitement of catching a fish can really be a ton of fun for kids and adults alike. And fishing can take place from the safety of the shore.
Next week, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will conduct a second round of stocking trout in heavily fished areas. And, due to the improved conditions Foster Green Acres, Foster; Memorial Park Pond, Lincoln; and the creek and lake of Geneva, North Providence; will all be supplied.
Equipping yourself for trout fishing in April doesn’t have to be expensive.
âWe have combinations of light trout rods and reels ranging from $ 16 to $ 30,â Lucky Bait & Tackle’s Manny Macedo told Warren. “You can use them for trout and later in the year to catch baby bluefish in creeks and harbors.” The price range for adult starter rods and reels can vary and the rigs can also be used for light tackle fishing in salt water. âStarter rigs range from $ 25 to $ 60, with the middle of the road priced at around $ 40 for a combination,â said Tom Giddings of Tackle Box, Warwick. Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle, Warwick said, âWe have trout platforms ranging from $ 20 to $ 40. But if you already have a rod and reel, all you need is bait for $ 4 and you’re out fishing. Ferrara sells trout rigs designed for the powerful bait her son Ken made with hooks and weights for around $ 2.
States stock ponds with hatchery-raised trout that ate manufactured feed, so the bait of choice for most of April is prepared or formulated bait like Berkeley’s PowerBait. As trout acclimatize to nature (two to three weeks), they begin to feed naturally so that mealworms, other natural baits, and lures work better.
âMany fish with just a hook and a split shot (a very small piece of sinker that attaches to your line) to bring the line down a bit, then rock the hook with a formulated bait,â Macedo said. âBerkeley Power baits work well include Chunky Cheese and Hatchery Formulated baits.â
Soft baits, hooks and lures can be purchased at your local bait shops with free advice on where to fish and what fish bite.
âI would suggest starting with a variety of trout baits,â Giddings said. âSome days they like pink and other days they like yellow Power Baits. But you might also want to take trout worms or mealworms. I always like to take a few lures, like a little Kastmaster. So you can teach children to throw and retrieve. And they also work great for trout.
In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, if you are 15 or older, you need a fishing license before you cast your line. In Rhode Island, a trout conservation stamp is also required for anyone wishing to keep or own a trout or fish in a fly-fishing or fly-only area. Fishing licenses for residents of RI are $ 18 and the trout conservation stamp is $ 5.50. For information on the Massachusetts license, visit mass.gov.
Where’s the bite?
Fresh water. Captain Tom Pelletier of Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle, North Kingstown said: âSilver Spring Lake, North Kingstown and Carbuncle Pond, Coventry produce good sized trout for customers. âStorage has been excellent in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts,â Macedo noted. âThe Trout Bite at Willet Avenue Pond, Riverside; Stafford Pond, Tiverton; and Melville Pond, Portsmouth was excellent. We also have reports of some three-pound trout being caught. “” Customers have been very lucky at Only Pond, Lincoln; and a client caught trout and a small spotted salmon in Wood River. Giddings said.
The tautog season opened from April 1 to May 31 with a minimum height of 16 â. The limit in MA and RI is three fish / person / day. Regulations change on June 1, with the season closed in RI during the tautog spawning season and reopening again on August 1. In MA the season does not close, but the bag limit drops to one fish / person / day. Check tautog regulations for late summer / fall catch limits.
âThere aren’t a lot of fish caught by anglers yet, but it could open this week,â Macedo said. “Reports of spear fishermen are doing quite well and I have heard of a 19 inch fish caught with a rod and reel.”
Striped Bass: âAnglers catch fish on the west wall and catch fish in the Narrow, Providence and Pawtucket rivers. A custom landed a 42 inch striped bass off the coast of Jamestown during the casting for the school bass. Giddings said. “Another positive sign. Warwick Pond was jumping with herring this weekend. Surf angler Gil Bell said,” No reports of surf fishing. The insane cold didn’t help anyone. Magic seaweed (surfer’s site) reports a surf temperature of 46 degrees as of April 14. Surf launched about eight times this month for No hits. Ocean warms during the day (if the sun) then cools at night with low air temperatures, I almost feel like we are a month late.
Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a chartered fishing license. He sits on various boards and commissions, and is a consultant focused on ocean cleanliness, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. He often has rights over the associations to which he belongs and the clients he represents. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit www.noflukefishing.com.