Rhode Island Fishing

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Number of Fish Species (fresh):  43

Number of Fish Species (salt):  no data 

State Sportfish:  Striped Bass

Notable Records:  a 50lb  striper, a 125lb yellowfin tuna, a 4lb chain pickerel,  a 10lb northern pike.

Fishing Regs:  Saltwater fishing regs can be found here and the freshwater regs can be found here on page 6.

Fishing License Info:  

  Freshwater       Saltwater  
  Resident Non-Resident     Resident Non-Resident
Annual $18.00 $35.00   Annual $7.00 $10.00
3-day N/A $16.00   7-day $5.00 $5.00
Trout $5.50 $5.50        

For more saltwater license info. click here and for freshwater click here.

Quickcast:  Rhode Island; big name, small state.  Rhode Island’s fishable freshwater can be characterized best by a few rivers and a handful of lakes, ponds and reservoirs.  In the Northern part of the state is Smith and Sayles Reservoir which holds largemouth and smallmouth bass.  To the south, the Ponaganset River feeds into the Scituate Reservoir which holds monster bass but unfortunately its closed to all forms of fishing.  Still further south is the Flat River Reservoir which covers 659 surface acres.  This reservoir is considered by many the best bass fishing in Rhode Island.  Southwest of Flat River Reservoir is Wood River.  This river is considered one of the best rainbow and brown trout fishing locations in the state.  At the southern end of the state is Worden Pond where fishermen can find northern pike, pickerel, perch and bass.  

Offshore Rhode Island is a different story than the inland fishery with a lot more species and a lot more water!  Offshore one will find stripers, bluefish, bonito, black seabass, tautog, cod and scup. Farther offshore anglers will get into swordfish, mackerel, marlin, tuna species, and shark species.