ladders, eels, herring and impending success. that’s alot

Narragansett Dock Works has lowered an excavator onto the rocky tow of the Main Street dam in Wakefield. This is the first step in the process to reconstruct the Denil-style fish ladder system, originally built it the early 1970’s. The reconstruction will incorporate a reduced water flow and a reengineered pathway, enabling greater numbers of … Continue reading ladders, eels, herring and impending success. that’s alot

buckies, ladders, eels & unemployment

Construction at two fish ladders on the Saugatucket River has begun at last. In Peacedale, Narragansett Dock Works has started changing the sluiceway floor height and the pitch in the lift system, which will reduce the occasionally volatile flow of water. As the current design reflects a time when our rivers once were home to … Continue reading buckies, ladders, eels & unemployment

sunset explained, old school rocking fish guys & sweaty town workers. seriously.

Talk around the docks this week has been all about sunset. These new days of a waning summer seem to have made the fish a bit uninterested once the sun sets, even when they were actively feeding. This temporarily flies in the face of something we know best, that predatory fish like stripers become emboldened … Continue reading sunset explained, old school rocking fish guys & sweaty town workers. seriously.

Addendum IV, crappy politicians and anchovies…

In the midst of all we consume from radio, television and the printed word, there is a reminder of what we, as Clay Pell would say, “ordinary Rhode Islanders”, can do to shape an important piece of our favorite pastime or paycheck. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council has scheduled a series of open and … Continue reading Addendum IV, crappy politicians and anchovies…

the bluefish are here-narragansett times,7/25/2014

It’s good to be in a good groove and it’s good to know there are lots of fish around, even if they are not really around you. The big bass we pined for all spring and early summer apparently passed on hanging around our beaches and for the most part, went directly to Block Island. … Continue reading the bluefish are here-narragansett times,7/25/2014

take the kids fishing-narragansett times, 6/6/2014

Saturday June 14 is the RI Salt Water Anglers Take A Kid Fishing Day. With a spirit that seeing and learning on the water builds strong backs and balanced minds, this is all about giving young people a day off from everything else with a casual starter course about fish and all that they mean … Continue reading take the kids fishing-narragansett times, 6/6/2014

it’s all about the squid-narragansett times, 5/30/2014

  The holiday weekend has brought warming waters and strong catches of stripers fluke and even a few blues. Freshwater ponds are giving up some heavy largemouth as they are defending their new beds. Coastal air is tinged with clam cake essence, parking spots are disappearing, reports of good fishing from shore and boats are … Continue reading it’s all about the squid-narragansett times, 5/30/2014

migration information 5/9/2014

Seventy-five casts to your sweet spot should tell you all you need to know: either you’ve hit the lottery or you’re working in a desert. That’s one successful local angler’s theory about striper fishing this time of year and there’s definitely something to it. After waiting so very long for sunny skies and southwest winds, … Continue reading migration information 5/9/2014

brook trout alewives and damned dams-narragansett times,3/21/2014

March is a lovely month. Spring breezes stir the ocean, energize the daffodils and rally the laundry to dance on our clotheslines. Bursting with changes, March is all about a reawakening of our senses and our waters, for fishermen two things deeply intertwined. Spring’s arrival affords us a natural opportunity to forget and remember. This … Continue reading brook trout alewives and damned dams-narragansett times,3/21/2014