By CAPTAIN DAVE MONTI
Now is the time to go trout fishing alone or with family or friends. Trout season is on and with the freshly stocked waterways of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, it’s pretty easy to catch a fish.
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.
How to start
Equipment for trout fishing in April doesn’t have to be expensive. Manny Macedo of Lucky Bait & Tackle, Warren, said, “We have light trout rod and reel combinations ranging from $ 16 to $ 30. You can use them for trout and later in the year to catch baby bluefish in coves and harbors. The price range for adult starter rods and reels may vary and platforms can also be used for light tackle fishing in salt water. “Starter rigs range from $ 25 to $ 60, with the middle of the road priced at around $ 40 for a combination,” said Tom Giddings of Tackle Box, Warwick. Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle, Warwick said, “We 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 strong baits 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.
Manny Macedo said: “Many fish with just a hook and 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. Berkeley Power baits work well, especially Chunky Cheese and Hatchery baits. Soft baits, hooks and lures can be purchased at your local bait shops with free advice on where to fish and what fish bite. Giddings of the Tackle Box said, “I would suggest starting with a variety of trout baits. Some days they like pink and some 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.
Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Fish and Wildlife Division stores approximately 100 streams with hatcheries reared for brown, rainbow, golden rainbow trout. and brook trout. This year, 4,000 Sebago salmon were stocked statewide. Anglers catching a golden trout until April 20 will receive a free golden trout pin. Tell a photo of your catch and send it to [email protected]
Visit http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/fish-wildlife/freshwater-fisheries/troutwaters.php for a complete list of stocked trout ponds in RI.
For more information on freshwater fishing in Massachusetts with links to fishing regulations and a list of stocked trout ponds, visit www.mass.gov/freshwater-fishing-information .
In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, if you are 15 or older, you need a fishing license before you cast your line.
In Massachusetts, fees vary depending on your age, whether you are a resident of the state, and have a disability. For complete information on the Massachusetts license and how to apply, visit online https://www.mass.gov/how-to/buy-your-freshwater-fishing-license.
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 fishing area. Fishing licenses and the trout conservation stamp ($ 5.50) can be obtained from authorized agents such as bait and tackle stores. Licenses can also be purchased online or obtained from DEM’s boat registration and licensing office located at 235 Promenade Street in Providence.
License fees remain at $ 18 for residents of Rhode Island. $ 35 for non-residents and $ 16 for a tourist permit for three consecutive days. Anglers over 65 must have a license, which for them is free, but do not need a trout stamp. Where’s the bite?
The freshwater trout season is open in MA and RI. Captain Tom Pelletier of Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle, North Kingstown said: “Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown and Carbuncle Pond, Coventry produce good sized trout for customers. RI DEM does a great job of storage. “Storage has been excellent in both RI and MA,” said Manny Macedo of Lucky Bait & Tackle, Warren. “The Trout Bite at Willet Avenue Pond, Riverside; Stafford Pond, Tiverton; and Melville Pond, Portsmouth was excellent. We also have reports of the three-pound trout fishery. “” The ponds that have been stockpiled produce for the anglers. Customers have been very lucky at Only Pond, Lincoln; and a customer caught trout and a little spotted salmon in Wood River, ”said Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box.
The Tautog season started on April 1 and ends on May 31 with a minimum height of 16 inches. 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. Many Lucky Bait Macedos said: “There aren’t a lot of fish caught by anglers yet, but it could open this week. Reports from spear fishermen are doing pretty well and I am running a 19 inch fish caught with a rod and reel. ”
Striped bass fishing begins. “Anglers 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. You never know, “said Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box.” Another positive sign. Warwick Pond was jumping with herring this weekend. Herrings find their way to the pond from Buckeye Creek and Old Mill Creek on Narragansett Bay, just south of Connecticut Point. Herring with Atlantic menhaden is a great forage fish for striped bass. So with all this food here, striped bass fishing will resume soon.
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.