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April 23, 2018:
Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters reported that local trout fishing was great all week in terms of both quantity and size. Even some of the hardcore saltwater guys have been getting in on the action due to the hot bite. There are still some schoolie bass being caught in the river, but the fishing has been very hit or miss. Hopefully, with warmer weather in the forecast, the fish will start to get more active. A few customers have come in for sandworms with the hopes of converting them into winter flounder but none have reported back with any catches. Still a lot of herring moving through the river but not much has been feeding on them aside from the ospreys.

Previous Reports

  • April 16, 2018 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters said that most of the trout fishermen that were out for opening day reported doing very well. In some cases the fishing was a little slow in the early morning but really picked up as soon as the sun and temperatures were up. The Pawcatuck River is still producing some schoolie sized striped bass. Not a lot of reports coming in from the West Wall or other traditional early season spots yet but the fish should be there. A few customers have been fishing for flounder with the only reports of catches coming from Connecticut waters.

  • April 9, 2018 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters reported seeing quite a few osprey plucking river herring out of the lower Pawcatuck River this week. Fishing for holdover striped bass picked up in the river this week with a number of anglers reporting some level of success. The fish are generally on the small side so small soft plastics and swimmers have been responsible for most catches. No confirmed reports from the West Wall yet, but that could be due to a lack of effort given the cold weather this past week. The fish should either already be there or arriving any day now. A few customers stopped in for sand worms before trying their luck for winter flounder, but none reported back. With the entire Bay closed to flounder fishing anglers have been having some success in recent years in Charlestown and Quonny Ponds. With the trout season opening this coming Saturday Mike has the shop fully stocked for your trout fishing needs.

  • April 2, 2018 Open or Close

    I checked-in with Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters and he reported that there has been quite a bit of activity off of the beaches recently with birds working schools of bait. There hasn't been any sign of fish on the bait yet, but the first migratory striped bass should be making an appearance soon. A few regular customers have started fishing the river for holdovers, but no one has reported landing anything just yet. With recent changes with how the DEM issues licenses, Mike now has the whole array of licenses available at the shop. This includes saltwater licenses, freshwater licenses, trout stamps, clamming licenses and hunting licenses.

  • March 26, 2018 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters reported that the shop is now open for the 2018 season. They will be open from 10am to 6pm from Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays.) Not much for fishing reports yet but the holdover striper fishing in the river should start to pick up soon. The crew has been keeping plenty busy restocking the store for the upcoming season.

Watch Hill Outfitters

Watch Hill Outfitters
157 Main St
Westerly, RI 02891
phone: 401-596-7217

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