Fishing Spots Around the Point Judith Area in Rhode Island

There are a number of fishing spots around Point Judith that can be very productive. Listed below are many of those areas describing where they are and methods to use for fishing them.

Outside the East Wall. On the outside of the East wall fishing in close you can work plugs and soft plastic baits in the pockets created by the wall. Be very careful as it can be dangerous when the wind is out of the south or southeast, driving you straight at the wall. You can also troll along the edge of the wall if the weather is calm, but be careful of the many lobster pots waiting to ambush you.

Outside the West Wall. On the outside of the West wall in close you can work plugs and soft plastic baits in the many pockets found along that wall. Be very careful as it can be dangerous when the wind is out of the south or southwest, driving you straight at the wall. Also beware of the fish trap located outside this wall. Trolling is also another option but beware of the many lobster pots on this side.

Outside the Center Wall. On the outside of the Center wall in close you can work plugs and soft plastic baits in the many pockets found along that wall. The best pocket is right to the east of the apex of the center wall. Be very careful as it can be dangerous when the wind is out of the south or southwest, driving you straight at the wall. It is best to work your way along the wall, hitting each pocket not spending a lot of time in any one area unless you actually catch a fish, then fish there till you stop catching and move on. Trolling is also another option but beware of the many lobster pots on this side. South of the center wall there are many rocks on the bottom which provide structure for bait to hide in. Sea Bass, Scup, and Stripers can be caught in this area. Drifting with bait or trolling are some of the methods that can be used here.

The Rocks at Point Judith. In front of (south) the rocks at point Judith you can work plugs and soft plastics, or use live bunker, shad, or scup to catch stripers. The water is under 20 feet deep here. Also there are some rocks that are submerged, be very careful and pay attention to your GPS chartplotter, most of them show the position of these rocks. You can also troll this area, just stay away from the lobster pots which are not so much of a issue here.

Inside the center wall when big waves break over the top onto the inside. Under these conditions bass will hang on the inside looking for bait which is thrown up over the top of the wall by the wave action, so they can pounce on it while the bait is still disoriented. Topwater plugs or soft plastic baits that mimic the fish they are feeding on will work.

Near the fish trap inside the east wall. The fish trap inside the East wall catches a lot of fish and many times there are fish struggling against the net to get free. The vibrations put out by these struggles will attract predators. Plugs and soft plastics can be used to catch them. Be careful of the ropes and buoys, you can get tangled up or drift into them if you’re not careful.

East side of Point Judith. In close to the shore on the east side of the point there are some large boulders and pockets that can hold fish. Care needs to be taken when approaching as many of the rocks are submerged and not visible except by the eddies that occur around them. Plugs and soft plastic baits will produce here. Trolling can also be productive in somewhat deeper water here away from the rocks. In the fall many boat charters can be seen in this area.

Inside the Harbor of Refuge. In the early morning you can sometimes see fish chasing bait on the surface. If you pay attention the rewards can be many. This is not always accompanied by bird activity, so don’t assume that birds are your only indicator. Also, the fish don’t necessarily jump out of the water, they may just swirl the surface, and these swirls are harder to spot. This is good advice anywhere outside the harbor of refuge as well.

All of these areas around Point Judith are best fished in the morning between 6:00am and 10:00am. It is also necessary for the tide to be running. In the fall they can be extremely productive areas. Try them out and see what you think.

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