We shouldn't be surprised by this lack of fish. Fishing was fair to poor in the Upper Bay in the summer and late fall with the numbers of stripers way down. Additionally, the trend of the last five winters in the Providence River has been a downward spiral with decreasing numbers of stripers.
I don't believe the striper fishery is as healthy as many would lead you to believe. There was a noticeable lack of schoolies around in the Bay and along the RI oceanfront this year, and that does not bode well for the future.