You can learn a lot from 6″ of water

Always an outdoors column on the move, this week we go electroshocking catfish in Attleboro, Ma., find out how much you can learn by looking into a five gallon bucket and enjoy a quick discussion on Napoleon's wallpaper. Seriously. It’s difficult to connect an ankle deep river winding past a graveyard and an elementary school … Continue reading You can learn a lot from 6″ of water

It all starts here, on the banks of a river

Peter Van Noppen organized his folding tables, behind him, the Woonasquatucket River. Peter was the fulcrum for a big day of cleaning, clipping and hauling along this one stretch of the historic river just behind the gloriously restored Rising Sun Mill. The Woony was once a force powering mills and their machines, then a dirty … Continue reading It all starts here, on the banks of a river

A Fish Wrap Kind of Calendar

Everyone needs a calendar, especially one crammed with free space and a few penciled in notes about fishing contests and meetings to talk more about fishing. To o help keep us organized through the rush of this new season, here are a few key events and meetings to mark on your calendar.  April 30 and … Continue reading A Fish Wrap Kind of Calendar

Striper Migration, Greg Sansone hits a home run & herring get a helping hand

The Spring striper migration has begun and from the doldrums of winter we quickly move to a packed spring calendar. Bass are really feeding in the salt ponds and rivers as water temperatures begin to march upwards. Avid fisherman Greg Sansone was in Maryland for a baseball game and when the weather postponed the match, … Continue reading Striper Migration, Greg Sansone hits a home run & herring get a helping hand

turkeys and walls for lobsters? dam that tonald drump

  When you ask a person for an interview, even for just a few questions, the response typically is a pretty standard “sure” or “no thanks”. Lots of people enjoy getting their words or picture in the paper, though you do get the occasional, “Why don’t you mind your own business”. Last week, after approaching … Continue reading turkeys and walls for lobsters? dam that tonald drump

bill mcwha, local hero. cole hosey, awesome fisherman

A circle on the calendar is one thing but when Benny’s Super Stores finally get the new fishing and hunting licenses from RIDEM, then we really know Spring’s Greatest Day is almost here. There always seems to be a lag between when our licenses expire, on the last day of February until when we can … Continue reading bill mcwha, local hero. cole hosey, awesome fisherman

gotta #keepemwet and help rivers stay on course

Couldn’t wait to tell, that Bill McWha, South County’s ever observant riverkeeper, about the first arrival of alewives. A few river herring have survived their migration and are running the incoming tide just south of North Kingstown’s Gilbert Stewart museum. They should be two or three years older than when they headed for sea after … Continue reading gotta #keepemwet and help rivers stay on course

final piece in our series on protecting ri brook trout

“When you're finished changing, you're finished”, Benjamin Franklin gave us. Changing the status of the Upper Wood River, even temporarily, requires a change in regulation and in our understanding of how critical rivers are. The regulation part is problematic for Christine Dudley, DEM’s Deputy Chief of Freshwater and Anadromous Fisheries. She knows well that “laws … Continue reading final piece in our series on protecting ri brook trout

4 wise men protecting r.i.’s brook trout

This week we begin a three part series looking into a proposal by Protect Rhode Island Brook Trout. Their work is genuine, guided by a desire to address a potential, not a past. This week we begin a three part series to discuss a small group of devoted trout fishermen who are working to protect … Continue reading 4 wise men protecting r.i.’s brook trout