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2013 Size, Season and Possession Limits


Minimum Size

Open Season

Possession Limit

American Eel


Open year round

50 fish/person/day

Black Sea Bass


June 15 – Aug. 31

3 fish/person/day

Sept. 1 – Dec. 31

7 fish/person/day


No minimum

Open year round

15 fish/person/day

Monkfish (Goosefish)

17” whole fish

11” tail

Open year round

50 lbs. of tails or 166 lbs. whole/day

River Herring (Alewives and Blueback Herring)and American Shad

Not applicable


Not applicable

Scup (Shore and Private)


May 1 – Dec. 31

30 fish/person/day

Special Area Provisions: While fishing from shore at India Point Park in Providence, RI, Conimicut Park in Warwick, RI, or
at Stone Bridge in Tiverton, RI, anglers may possess up to 30 scup, 9 inches or greater in length, from May 1 through December 31.

Scup (Party and Charter)


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


Open year round

2 fish/person/day

Summer Flounder (Fluke)


May 1 – Dec. 31

8 fish/person/day

Tautog (Blackfish)

Max of 10 fish / vessel / day during all periods, except licensed party / charter boats


Apr. 15 – May 31

3 fish/person/day

June 1 – July 31


Aug 1 – Oct. 18

3 fish/person/day

Oct. 19 – Dec. 15

6 fish/person/day

Weakfish (Squeteague)


Open year round

1 fish/person/day

Winter Flounder*



April 27 – May 26

2 fish/person/day

Sept. 28 – Oct. 27

Species with federal and state regulations: Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Witch Flounder (Gray Sole), Yellowtail Flounder, American Plaice (Dab)

Please contact RIDFW for details

* 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.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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