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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 11 lbs., 3.2 oz. 25 " April 2016 Johnson's Pond B. Migliore - Sterling, CT
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 4 lbs. 9.44 oz. 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. "Gladiator" - Shelton, CT
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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