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State Records


Children's
"First Fish"
Certificate
Program

Official
Weigh-in
Stations


Game Fish
Award
Program


Saltwater
Notable
Catches

 

Rhode Island Freshwater and Saltwater
Sportfish Records

If you believe you've caught a new Rhode Island State Record, bring it to an official weigh-in station to be weighed and measured using a digital scale. State record catches are determined annually once all data are received for that year. Any new record catches are updated each Spring according to the catch records of the previous year.

fishing fly State Records for Freshwater Species fishing fly

Contact person: Christine Dudley (401) 789-0281 or christine.dudley@dem.ri.gov

Species

Weight

Length

Date

Location

Angler

Largemouth
Bass

10 lbs., 6 oz.

24 ½"

May
1991

Carbuncle Pond

N. Finamore
Johnston, RI

Smallmouth
Bass

5 lbs., 15 oz.

22 ½"

Sept.
1977

Wash Pond

B. Ferris
Wakefield, RI

Bluegill

2 lbs., 1 oz.

12"

Aug.
1987

 

C. Rizzo
Pascoag, RI

Common Sunfish

12.5 oz

10"

May
2001

Indian Lake

J. Hall
Wakefield, RI

Brown Bullhead

9.44 lbs.

18 ½"

Aug.
1998

 

H. Laramee
Cumberland, RI

White Catfish

16 lbs., 12 oz.

33"

Aug.
1994

Tiogue Lake

L. Angell
Coventry, RI

Black Crappie

3 lbs.

15"

July
1976

Watchaug Pond

R. Sevegny
Pawtucket, RI

Carp

32 lbs., 8 oz.

37"

June
2001

Tiogue Lake

S. Wasilewski
Hope Valley, RI

Yellow Perch

2 lbs., 4 oz.

13 ½"

Feb.
1987

Pascoag Reservoir

D. LaRochelle
Glendale, RI

White Perch

2 lbs.

 

May
1974

Tucker's Pond

B. Ferris
Wakefield, RI

Chain Pickerel

6 lbs. 14 oz.

27 ¾"

Aug.
2005

Beach Pond

T. Egan
Hope Valley, RI

Northern Pike

35 lbs.

47 ½"

Oct.
1987

Hundred Acre Pond

D. LaRose
Coventry, RI

Brook Trout

3 lbs. 12 oz.

21"

Oct.
1984

Wyoming Pond

R. Boucher, Jr.
Warwick, RI

Brown Trout

7 lbs. 9 oz.

26"

Apr.
2000

Wallum Lake

R. Groleau
Blackstone, MA

Rainbow Trout

11 lbs.

 

Apr.
1991

Pawcatuck River

M. Wencek
Wakefield, RI

Atlantic Salmon
Domestic

21 lbs. 9 oz.

41"

Jan.
2004

Barber Pond

Robert Maldonis
Arlington, MA

State Records for Saltwater Species

Species

Weight

Length

Date

Location

Angler

Sea Bass

8 lbs., 7.25 oz.

26"

Oct.
1981

Block Island

K. McDuffie
Pascoag, RI

Striped
Bass

76 lbs. 14 oz.

54.75"

Jul.
2008

 

P. Vican
East Greenwich, RI

Bluefish

26 lbs.

39"

Aug.
1981

 

D. Deziel
Woonsocket, RI

Bonito

13 lbs.

 

Oct.
1995

Westerly

R. Gliottone
Exeter, RI

Cod

71 lbs.

 

June
1965

 

M. Deciantis
Warwick, RI

Summer
Flounder

17 lbs., 8 oz.

 

1962

Narrow River

G. Farmer
Warwick, RI

Winter
Flounder

6 lbs., 7 oz.

23"

Aug.
1990

Galilee

A. Pearson
Cranston, RI

King
Mackerel

12 lbs., 3 oz.

40"

Aug.
2000

Pt. Judith Lighthouse

A. Camilleri
Chester, CT

Atlantic
Mackerel

OPEN

 

 

 

 

Pollack

28 lbs., 8 oz.

 

May
1995

 

A. Jacobs
Lincoln, RI

Scup

5 lbs.

20 ¼"

Oct.
1990

Block Island

J. Yurwitz
Block Island, RI

American
Shad

6 lbs., 8 oz.

25"

Apr.
1985

Runnins River

W. Socha
Warren, RI

Hickory
Shad

2 lbs., 11 oz.

20"

Nov.
1989

Narrow River

M. Pickering
Lincoln, RI

Blue
Shark

431 lbs., 2 oz.

151"

November
2006

Cox Ledge

G. Kross
Fairfield, N.J

Mako
Shark

718 lbs.

10' 6"

June
1993

S. Block Island

W. Alessi
Boston, MA

Swordfish

314 lbs.

 

June
1964

 

W. Goodwin
Warwick, RI

Squeteague

16 lbs. 8.72 oz.

36"

May
2007

Greenwich Bay

R. Moeller
North Kingstown, RI

Tautog

21 lbs., 4 oz.

 

Nov.
1954

Jamestown

C.W. Sunquist

Bluefin
Tuna

1142 lbs., 12 oz.

 

Sept.
1981

Block Island

J. Dempsey

Yellowfin
Tuna

265 lbs.

6'

Oct.
1997

The Dip

R. Hughes
Arlington, MA

Tiger
Shark

597 lbs.

11' 6"

July
1990

S. of Block Island

M.P. Strout
Auburn, MA

White
Marlin

125 lbs.

8' ½"

Aug.
1987

S. of Block Island

J. Luty, Sr.
Preston, CT

 

Rhode Island
Notable Catches
Saltwater Species
The following saltwater catches are not species of the Rhode Island State Records list, nor are they qualifying species for the Game Fish Award Program. They are, however, notable catches and given state recognition.

Species

Weight

Length

Date

Location

Angler

White Shark

2909 lbs.

15' 6"

July
1991

Block Island

V. Cleri
Cranston, RI

Thresher Shark

526 lbs.

9.71'

July
1999

NE corner of Dump

E. Mikkelsen
Newport, RI

Albacore

67 lbs., 3 oz.

51"

Aug.
1990

SW of Block Island

J. Killilea
Warwick, RI

False Albacore

12 lbs., 5 oz.

28"

Sept.
1990

Matunuck

E. Cole
E. Greenwich, RI

Green Bonito

14 lbs., 7 oz.

16"

Jan.
1991

Block Island

G. Roundtree
Weymouth, MA

Wahoo

80 lbs.

6' ½"

Aug.
2002

Hydrographers Can.

E. Ouellett
Somerset, MA

Trigger Fish

4 lbs. 7 oz.

21"

October
2012

Charlestown

C. Haworth
Avon, CT

Conger Eel

11 lbs., 15.36 oz.

 

Apr.
2004

Galilee

R. Dubois
N. Kingstown, RI

Blue Marlin

678 lbs.

13' 6"

Aug.
2006

Atlantis Can.

J. Paoletti, Jr.
Shelton, CT
"Gladiator"

Cobia

35 lbs.

48"

Aug.
1995

S of Hope Island

T. Parsons
Cranston, RI

Dolphin Fish

32 lbs., 4 oz.

58 ½"

Aug.
1995

Pt. Judith

H. Morris
Wakefield, RI

Dusky Shark

176 lbs.

80.8"

July
1998

Tuna Ridge

D. Cataloni
Norwood, MA

Barracuda

6 lbs., 8 oz.

33"

July
1999

Ryans Horn

M. Johnson
S. Attleboro, MA

Black Drum

6 lbs., 15 oz.

22 ¾"

June
2004

Nyatt Point

B. Patterson
Riverside, RI


Rhode Island
Game Fish Award Program

Each year the RI Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes anglers who have caught game fish of notable size. Awards are presented to anglers for each species of game fish caught that meet the minimum size requirements listed below. (Only one award will be presented to an angler for each species per year.) To receive an award, an angler must catch a qualifying fish by rod and reel, tie-up, or handline by legal means in Rhode Island waters. To apply for an award, an angler must bring his or her legally-caught fish to an official weigh-in station (most bait and tackle shops and sporting goods stores) where the fish will be weighed, measured, and identified. The weigh-in station operator will then fill out a game fish award application and send it to the Division of Fish and Wildlife where the application will be processed. Certificates of award will be mailed to recipients each January or February for fish caught during the previous year. To obtain an application form, click here

For purposes of state records, the fish is measured according to Total Length (TL) [from the tip of snout to tip of tail.]

Minimum Size Requirements for Game Fish Award

Qualifying Freshwater Species

Weight or Length

Smallmouth bass

4 lbs.

Largemouth bass

6 lbs.

Bluegill

9 inches

Pumpkinseed

8 inches

Black Crappie

12 inches

Yellow perch

12 inches

White perch

15 inches

Brown bullhead

13 inches

White catfish

4 lbs.

Chain pickerel

4 lbs.

Northern Pike

10 lbs.

Brook trout

2 lbs.

Brown trout

3 lbs.

Rainbow trout

3 lbs.

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

3 lbs.

Qualifying Saltwater Species

Weight or Length

Striped bass

50 lbs.

Sea bass

3 lbs.

Bluefish

18 lbs.

Bonito

10 lbs.

Cod

20 lbs.

Winter Flounder

2 lbs.

Summer Flounder

8 lbs.

King Mackerel

1 lbs.

Mackerel

3 lbs.

White Marlin

70 lbs.

Pollock

15 lbs.

Scup

2 ½ lbs.

Hickory Shad

5 lbs.

Blue Shark

80 lbs.

Mako Shark

150 lbs.

Swordfish

200 lbs.

Squetegue

8 lbs.

Tautog

10 lbs.

Bluefin Tuna

450 lbs.

Yellowfin Tuna

125 lbs.


Rhode Island
Official Weigh Stations
The following is a list of official Rhode Island Weigh-in stations.
Please call ahead to be sure they are open and can accommodate you.

Name

Address

Telephone

Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle

4109 Quaker Lane, No. Kingstown, RI

1-800-249-5400
(401) 294-9642

Ray's Bait & Tackle

298 Arnold's Neck Rd., Warwick, RI

(401) 738-7878

John's Bait & Tackle

135 Frenchtown Rd., No. Kingstown, RI

(401) 885-3761

Zeek's Creek Bait & Tackle

194 North Rd., Jamestown, RI

(401) 423-1170

Hope Valley Bait & Tackle

1150 B Main St., Richmond, RI

(401) 539-2757

Big Bear Hunting & Fishing Supplies

401 Putnam Pike, Harmony, RI

(401) 949-0339

Fin & Feather Hunting & Fishing Lodge

95 Frenchtown Rd., East Greenwich, RI

(401) 885-8680

Kenport Marina LLC

650 Succotash Rd., Matunuck, RI

(401) 783-2868

Sandy Bottom Bait & Tackle

97 Sandy Bottom Rd., Coventry, RI

(401) 823-1540

Erickson's Bait & Tackle

1257 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI

(401) 739-7437

Snug Harbor Marina, Inc.

410 Gooseberry Rd., Wakefield, RI

(401) 783-7766

Sea Well Seafood

3 Liberty St., Pawcatuck, CT

(860) 599-2082

Jim's Sport Shop

1515 F. Newman Ave., Seekonk, MA

(508) 761-7338

Main Bait & Tackle

2599 South Main St., Fall River, MA

(508) 679-3853

Wayne's Place

168 Main St., Pascoag, RI 02837

(401) 568-4748

DEM - Fish and Wildlife

Great Swamp Field Headquarters
Great Neck Rd., West Kingston, RI

(401) 789-0281


Rhode Island
Children's "First Fish" Certificate
Award Program

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YOU'VE CAUGHT YOUR FIRST FISH —
CONGRATULATIONS!!
Receive a special "First Fish" award certificate from the Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife, signed by the Chief, and a free gift. Simply print out this APPLICATION, fill it out completely, and return to:

RIDEM Fish & Wildlife,
Education Center,
1B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place
Exeter, RI 02822


Contact person: Kimberly Sullivan (401) 539-0037 or kimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov


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