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Prohibited Activities

Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing

Prohibited Activities

  1. Fishing in any freshwater stream or pond within this state without a valid fishing license (except as noted on License Information).
  2. Fishing in any stream, designated trout stream or designated trout pond of the state, unless otherwise regulated, between March 1, 2016 and 6 AM April 9, 2016.
  3. Possessing trout, salmon, or charr during the seasonal closure.
  4. Using corn for bait in any designated trout waters.
  5. Chumming in any designated trout waters.
  6. Snagging fish in fresh waters.
  7. Using any substance injurious to fish life in any stream or freshwater pond within the state except by permit issued by the DEM.
  8. Detonating any explosive within any stream or freshwater pond within the state.
  9. Selling trout, largemouth or smallmouth bass, pickerel, northern pike, Atlantic salmon, American shad, or yellow perch taken from any freshwater stream, river, or pond within the state.
  10. Stocking any freshwater stream or pond, public or private, within the state with ANY species of fish without having first obtained a permit from the DEM. For more information, call (401) 789-0281.
  11. Releasing any live bait into the freshwaters of the state.
  12. The use as bait of any variety of gold fish (Carassius auratus) in the freshwaters of the state or the importation, sale, or possession of any variety of gold fish (Carassius auratus) for use as bait in the fresh waters of the state.
  13. Selling any live freshwater minnows for bait or possessing more than one hundred (100) live freshwater minnows without first having procured the appropriate license from the DEM.
  14. Tagging, branding, marking, or otherwise willfully mutilating any fish which is to be released alive into any freshwaters of the state except by special permit issued by the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
  15. It is prohibited that any person use foot gear with external felt soles or other natural or synthetic porous material capable of absorbing liquid that is attached to the soles of wading foot gear in any freshwaters of the state. This shall include any waters shared with adjacent states in which any RI Fishing regulations apply. See more information.