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Seasons, Creel Limits, & Minimum Sizes

Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing

Seasons, Creel Limits, and Minimum Size Limits




Creel Limit**

Minimum Size

Trout 2-5, 7-10 Apr. 8 – Nov. 30 5 None
3-5, 7-10 Dec. 1 – Feb. 28 2 None
Atlantic Salmon CLOSED
Domestic (landlocked) Atlantic Salmon 1-3, 5, 7-10 Apr. 8 – Feb. 28 2 15″
Northern Pike 1 No Closed Season 2 24″
Chain Pickerel 1, 3, 5, 11 No Closed Season 5 14″
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass 1, 3, 5, 6, 11 No Closed Season 5 12″
American Eel 1, 13 No Closed Season 25 9″
River Herring (Alewives, Blueback herring), Shad & Smelt CLOSED
All Other Freshwater Fish 3, 5, 11 No Closed Season None None
Striped Bass 12 No Closed Season 1 28″


  1. All lengths are measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail.
  2. Open fishing season begins on all species of trout, salmon, charr at 6:00 AM on the second Saturday of April and closes at midnight on the last day of February, annually.
  3. Beach Pond, Exeter—Trout season will open on the second Saturday of April at 6:00AM and close at midnight on the last day of February, annually. The daily creel and possession limits for black bass shall be five (5) fish and the minimum size limit shall be twelve (12) inches. In accordance with Connecticut Fishing Regulations, six (6) tip-ups may be used while ice-fishing. The daily creel limit and possession of Walleye shall be two (2) fish and minimum size shall be eighteen (18) inches. The daily creel limit for trout species (all species in aggregate) shall be five (5) fish. All other RI size and catch limits apply.
  4. That portion of the Falls River, Exeter, from the bridge at Austin Farm road downstream approximately 2 miles to the bridge off Brook Trail is designated a ‘no kill’ or ‘catch and release’ area. Fishing is permitted only with artificial lures equipped with a single barbless hook or a single barbed hook which has been crimped. All fish caught must be returned to the water immediately. The possession of any trout while fishing in this section of the river shall be prima facie evidence that said trout were taken in violation of this regulation.
  5. Wallum Lake—Rhode Island regulations apply.
  6. The daily limit for largemouth and smallmouth bass is five (5) fish (taken singularly or in aggregate).
  7. Trout Conservation Stamp—A Trout Conservation Stamp is required of an angler who wishes to (a) keep or possess a trout, domestic (landlocked) salmon, or charr or (b) fish in a designated ‘catch and release’ area or in a ‘fly fishing only’ area.
  8. Domestic (landlocked) Atlantic salmon may be taken from any freshwaters of the state EXCEPT from the Pawcatuck River downstream of Potter Hill Dam. The daily creel and possession limit for domestic (landlocked) Atlantic salmon is two (2) fish (as part of the daily trout limit). The minimum size limit for domestic (landlocked) Atlantic Salmon is fifteen (15) inches.
  9. The creel and possession limit for trout or charr taken in the Wood River between Route 165 and Barberville Dam at Arcadia Road shall be limited to two (2) fish from the second Saturday in May through the last day of February (taken singularly or in aggregate).
  10. With the exception of designated ‘catch and release’ areas, all legally caught trout, salmon, or charr taken from the fresh waters of Rhode Island shall be immediately released alive into the waters from which they were taken or shall be killed at once and become part of the daily creel limit.
  11. Non-trout lakes (Killingly Pond and Hazard Pond) that share the boundary with Connecticut—Six (6) tip-ups may be used with a single hook each while ice fishing. RI size and catch limits apply.
  12. Striped bass, although a regulated marine species, are often caught in some freshwater rivers of the state recreationally. In these instances, please note that marine regulations will apply.
  13. The recreational creel or possession limit for American eel (Anguilla rostrata) shall be twenty-five (25) fish per day, per person, either singular or in aggregate, and the minimum size shall be nine (9) inches (see Exception 1). No person shall take an eel from the freshwaters of the state unless in possession of a valid RI Freshwater Fishing License. There will be no closed season. No American eel may be commercially harvested from the freshwaters of the state and offered for sale without a valid commercial fishing license per RI Marine Fisheries (RIMF) regulations. If harvesting commercially with a valid commercial license from the freshwaters of the state, fishermen must adhere to regulations as set forth in RIMF regulations Part VII, section 7.16.1.