The good news is that the ice is gone in just about all the ponds and lakes in RI. The bad news is that we are still in January.
I got out today in a good early season RI spot, and fished non moving water. It was cold and raw but there was not a shard of ice to be found. I saw nothing and got nothing. Not even a hit on my hair rigged sweet corn.
We are in uncharted waters with ice completely gone at this time. Even last year, a real warm winter, saw thin ice in most places in January and February. Remember, too, we are still in mid winter, a time of little activity for carp. The days are still short, the sun is at a low angle, and I'm sure the carp sense that spring is still a good month and a half away.
I think that your best bet at this time would be to fish a small, shallow pond on a sunny day. That would give you the warmest water and a better bet to find active fish. Today was not that type of day.
So, with no ice around, I will go hunting this week for a January carp in non moving water. Hopefully, I'll find a few interested in hitting.