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RI Saltwater Fisheries Regs 2016
2016 RI Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations

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RIDEM 2016
Rhode Island Marine Recreational


A Saltwater Fishing License is required
to fish in Rhode Island waters.
For more information GO HERE
To obtain your license from RIDEM online
These are the Rhode Island recreational size and bag limits of common saltwater species.
Bookmark this page for future updates and revisions.

Bag limit / Minimum Size

American Eel 25 eels/person/day - 9 inch minimum
50 eels/day per vessel for licensed party/charter vessels (no closed season)
Black Sea Bass 14 inch minimum
July 2 to Aug 31 - 1 fish/day
Sept 1 to Dec 31 - 7 fish/day
Bluefish 15 fish/day - No minimum size
(no closed season)
Cod 10 fish/day - 22 inch minimum 
(no closed season)
Haddock No bag limit / 18 inch minimum 
no bag limit (no closed season)
(Bunker, Pogies)
*see special section below
no minimum size 
200 per vessel per day
no closed season
Monkfish 17 inch minimum (whole fish)
11 inch minimum (tail only)
no bag limit (no closed season)
Pollock No bag limit / 19 inch minimum 
(no closed season)
River Herring
(Alewives, blueback herring)
Possession prohibited
Scup Shore and Private Boat
30 fish/day - 10 inch minimum
May 1 to Dec 31
Special Shore Area Provisions
Minimum size of 9 inches for anglers
fishing from shore only at
Fort Wetherill, Jamestown
Fort Adams, Newport
India Point Park, Providence
Stone Bridge, Tiverton
East and West Walls, Pt Judith/Narragansett
Conimicut Park, Warwick
Rocky Point, Warwick

Party and Charter Boat
10 inch minimum
May 1 - Aug 31: 30 fish/person/day
Sept 1 - Oct 31: 45 fish/person/day
Nov 1 - Dec 31: 30 fish/person/day
Striped Bass 1 fish/day - 28 inch minimum
(no closed season)
Summer Flounder 
8 fish/day - 18 inch minimum
May 1 to Dec 31
Tautog 16 inch minimum
April 15 to May 31 (3 fish/day)
June 1 - July 31 (closed)
August 1 to October 17 (3 fish/day)
October 18 to December 15 (6 fish/day)
In addition there is a 10 fish boat maximum per day

1 fish/day - 16 inch minimum
No closed season

Winter Flounder
Special note: 
All of Narragansett Bay, and in Potter Pond, Point Judith Pond and the Harbor of Refuge is closed. 
(section 11.19, RI fish regs)
2 fish - 12 inch minimum
March 1 to Dec 31

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