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Rules and Regulations

Rhode Island Freshwater Sizes and Limits

Minimum Sizes & Possession Limits

Fishing Regulations for the Season (250-RICR-60-00-10)

( * ) numbers refer to information at bottom of page

Fish Exceptions Season Creel
Limit**
Minimum
Size
Trout (2 - 5, 7 - 10) 4/11 - 11/30 5 8"
(3 - 5, 7 - 10) 12/1 - 2/29 2 8"
Atlantic Salmon CLOSED ( see abstract for diadromous regulations)
Domestic (landlocked) Atlantic Salmon (1 - 3, 5, 7 - 10) 4/11 - 2/29 2 15"
Northern Pike (1) No Closed Season 2 24"
Chain Pickerel (1, 3, 5, 11) No Closed Season 5 14"
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass (1, 3, 5, 6, 11) No Closed Season 5 12"
American Eel (1, 13) No Closed Season 25 9"
River Herring (Alewives, Blueback herring, Shad & Smelt CLOSED
All Other Freshwater Fish (3, 5, 11) No Closed Seaso None None
Striped Bass (12) No Closed Season 1 28"
** Creel Limit - Number of fish per person per day
Exceptions As Listed Above
  1. All lengths are measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail.
  2. The open season on all species of trout, salmon, charr shall close on the last day of February at midnight and shall commence at 6:00 AM on the second Saturday of April, annually.
  3. Beach Pond, Exeter—Trout season will open on the second Saturday of April at 6:00AM and close at midnight on the last day of February, annually. The daily creel and possession limits for trout (all species in aggregate) shall be five (5) fish. The daily creel and possession limits for black bass shall be five (5) fish and the minimum size limit shall be twelve (12) inches. The daily creel and possession limits for chain pickerel shall be five (5) fish and the minimum size limit shall be fourteen (14) inches. The daily possession and creel limits for Atlantic salmon shall be one (1) per Connecticut regulations. Six (6) lines with a single hook each may be used while ice fishing.
  4. That portion of the Falls River, Exeter, from the bridge at Austin Farm road downstream approximately 2 miles to the bridge off Brook Trail is designated a 'no kill'or 'catch and release' area. Fishing is permitted only with artificial lures equipped with a single barbless hook or a single barbed hook which has been crimped. All fish caught must be returned to the water immediately. The possession of any trout while fishing in this section of the river shall be prima facie evidence that said trout were taken in violation of this regulation.
  5. Wallum Lake - Rhode Island regulations apply.
  6. The daily creel and possession limits for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) shall be five (5), either singularly or in aggregate) and the minimum size shall be twelve (12) inches. No person shall possess any black bass less than twelve (12) inches in length.
  7. Trout Conservation Stamp - A Trout Conservation Stamp is required of an angler who wishes to (a) keep or possess a trout, domestic (landlocked) salmon, or charr or (b) fish in a designated 'catch and release' area or in a 'fly fishing only' area.
  8. The daily creel and possession limit for domestic (landlocked) Atlantic salmon (Salmo Salar) in the fresh waters of Rhode Island shall be two (2) fish per day and shall be included in the daily limit for trout, salmon, or charr. The minimum size limit for domestic (landlocked) Atlantic Salmon is fifteen (15) inches. No person shall take any Atlantic salmon from the Pawcatuck River downstream of the Potter Hill Dam.
  9. The creel and possession limit for trout or charr taken in the Wood River between Route 165 and Barberville Dam at Arcadia Road shall be limited to two (2) fish from the second Saturday in May through the last day of February (taken singularly or in aggregate).
  10. With the exception of designated 'catch and release' areas, all legally caught trout, salmon, or charr taken from the freshwaters of Rhode Island shall be immediately released alive into the waters from which they were taken or shall be killed at once and become part of the daily creel limit.
  11. Killingly Pond, Glocester and Hazard Pond, West Greenwich, have the following regulations: the daily creel limit and possession limits for black bass shall be five (5) fish and the minimum size limit shall be twelve (12) inches. The daily creel and possession limits for chain pickerel shall be five (5) fish and the minimum size shall be fourteen (14) inches. Six (6) lines with a single hook each may be used while ice fishing.
  12. Striped bass, although a regulated marine species, are often caught in some freshwater rivers of the state recreationally. In these instances, please note that marine regulations will apply, please refer to RI Marine Fisheries Regulations 250-RICR-90-00-7.
  13. The recreational creel or possession limit for American eel (Anguilla rostrata) shall be twenty-five (25) fish per day, per person, either singular or in aggregate, and the minimum size shall be nine (9) inches (see Exception 1). No person shall take an eel from the freshwaters of the state unless in possession of a valid RI Freshwater Fishing License. There will be no closed season. No American eel may be commercially harvested from the freshwaters of the state and offered for sale without a valid commercial fishing license per RI Marine Fisheries (RIMF) regulations. If harvesting commercially with a valid commercial license from the freshwaters of the state, fishermen must adhere to regulations as set forth in RIMF regulations 250-RICR-90-00-3.
 

Rev. 10/29/20