We are about to move into April and that means better and more consistent carp fishing. With a lot of fishermen about to go out and hit the shores, here is my line-up for the "Best of RI Carp Fishing".
Best Pond to catch a lot of carp- Tie... Spectacle and Mashapaug, Cranston, RI- These are two ponds but they are connected by a pipe that runs under Rt. 10. The shoreline is not pretty and the access is limited, but both places are loaded with commons from 6-12 lbs. with occasional teens.
Best Place to catch a PB (personal best)- Lake Tiogue, Coventry- Lots of fish from the high teens to the low twenties. Nighttime fishing is very productive. Limited access.
Best Pond to catch a mirror carp- Scott's Pond, Lincoln- The place is loaded with mirrors from 6-12 lbs. with an occasional fish in the teens.
Best Access- Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods State Park- A road goes around the entire pond and the whole shoreline is accessible. Most fishermen don't even know there are carp here, but it has some nice fish up to 20 lbs.
Best Surprise pond- Roger Williams, Providence- There are big commons, mirrors, koi and even ghost carp here. You may even hook a thirty pounder. You just have to find the fish as this place lots of nooks and crannies.
Best Place to explore- Blackstone River from Woonsocket to Pawtucket- A real gem and its loaded with carp of all sizes, but 98% of the river is inaccessible. Find the spots to get in and you are golden!