Rhode Island Saltwater Regulations

Rhode Island Recreational Saltwater Regulations

2016 Regulations

Species

Minimum Size

Open Season

Possession Limit

American Eel
9″
Open year round
25 eels/person/day or
50 eels/vsl/day for licensed party/charter vessels
Black Sea Bass
15″
June 24 – Aug. 31
3 fish/person/day
Sept. 1 – Dec 31
7 fish/person/day
Bluefish
No minimum
Open year round
15 fish/person/day
Cod
22″
Open year round
10 fish /person/day
River Herring (alewives and blueback herring) & American Shad
Not applicable
CLOSED
Not applicable
Scup (shore and private / rental boat)
10″
May 1 – Dec. 31
30 fish/person/day
Special Area Provisions: While fishing from shore at India Point Park in Providence, Conimicut Park in Warwick, Stone Bridge in Tiverton, East and West walls in Narragansett, Rocky Point in Warwick, Fort Adams in Newport, or at Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, anglers may possess up to 30 scup, 9 inches or greater in length, from May 1 through December 31.
Scup (party & charter)
10″
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
28″
Open year round
1 fish/person/day
Summer Flounder (Fluke)
18″
May 1 – Dec. 31
8 fish/person/day
Tautog (Blackfish)
Max of 10 fish/ves/day
during all periods,except licensed party / charter boats
16″
Apr. 15 – May 31
3 fish/person/day
June 1 – July 31
Closed
Aug 1 – Oct. 17
3 fish/person/day
Oct. 18 – Dec. 15
6 fish/person/day
Weakfish (Squeteague)
16″
Open year round
1 fish/person/day
Winter Flounder * (Blackback)
12″
Mar. 1 – Dec. 31
2 fish/person/day
* The harvesting or possession of winter flounder is prohibited in Narragansett Bay north of the Colregs line (lines from South Ferry Rd. in Narragansett to Fort Getty; Fort Wetherill to Fort Adams; and Sandy Pt. to High Hill Point), as well as in the Harbor of Refuge, Point Judith and Potter Pond.

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