Fishing Activities Requiring a Permit
Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing
1.16 Permits are required for organized fishing tournaments for state fishing and boating access areas and for the following private access areas: Johnson’s Pond (Flat River Reservoir) in Coventry, and Waterman Reservoir in Glocester. Permits are required for six (6) or more persons and/or three (3) or more boats. Applications for the issuance of a permit must be submitted to the Division a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to the tournament. An organization may cancel a permitted fishing activity without penalty as long as written notice of cancellation is received at least three (3) weeks prior to the event. Failure to provide timely written notice shall result in a one (1) year revocation of an organization’s eligibility to receive a permit for any organized fishing activity. Exceptions for unforeseen occurrences (e.g. weather, natural disaster) will apply at the discretion of the Division. The decision of revocation shall rest entirely with the Division. Permit applications may be obtained by contacting RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife, 277 Great Neck Road, West Kingston, RI 02892, Tel. (401)789-7481. Applicants must complete all required information. The Division reserves the right to limit the number of activities per location, per day, time period, or deny a permit for reasons of overuse or conflict with other activities.
1.16.1 The applicant must indicate on the application whether the fishing activity is a ‘closed’ or an ‘open’ activity. A closed activity is an event having a fixed or restricted number of participants. An open fishing activity is an event having an unrestricted number of participants.
188.8.131.52 If the tournament is closed, the number of boats, vehicles, and participants must be entered on the application. The permit must be retained on site by the sponsor along with the list of participants and boat registration numbers.
184.108.40.206 If the tournament is open, the names of all participants and registration numbers of each boat on the day of the tournament must be made available to RIDEM Division of Law Enforcement. An estimated count of all participants, vehicles and boats shall be forwarded to the Division at least five (5) days prior to the start of the tournament.
220.127.116.11 Regardless if a fishing tournament is ‘closed’ or open’, the organization must provide a report to the Division within five (5) days of the termination of the tournament which includes: the number of hours fished, the number of boats, numbers of participants, and, as applicable, the total number of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass caught as well as the total weight of all largemouth bass and all smallmouth bass processed at weigh-in. This report may be sent as a letter to RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife or by completing the Bass tournament Count Form. Failure to complete and submit the required information within five (5) days shall render the organization ineligible to conduct further organized fishing events for one year from the said event. Such revocation shall include any events for which a permit was previously issued.
1.16.3 Applicants requesting a permit for a municipal or private ramp shall be responsible to obtain additional permits for these areas, if necessary.
1.16.4 These regulations shall not be interpreted as superseding any special boat ramp or state management area regulations.
1.16.5 Permits along with lists of participants and boat registrations, shall be available during the tournament for law enforcement purposes and must be clearly displayed in the windshield of the contact’s vehicle.
The Ethical Angler:
- Keeps only the fish he needs.
- Does not pollute, properly disposes of trash or packs it back.
- Hones angling and boating skills.
- Observes angling and boating safety regulations.
- Respects other anglers’ rights.
- Respects property owners’ rights.
- Passes on knowledge and angling skills to friends and family.
- Supports local conservation efforts.
- Does not release live bait, non-native plants, fish or invertebrates, into RI waters. It’s against the law.
- Does not leave offal from cleaning fish at fishing sites, on land or in the water; instead, packs it back or buries it out of sight.
- Promotes the sport of angling.
- Does not transport any invasive plant, fish, or invertebrate from one water body to another.