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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.

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


State Records for Freshwater Species

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 434 lbs. 13' 6" June 2014 Hydro-Canyon L. DeFusco West 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

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