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Sportfishing Records

Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing


A New Largemouth Bass State Record!

Earlier this year, Rhode Island DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife certified the following:

A largemouth bass was caught by Brandon Migliore of Sterling, Connecticut, on April 30, 2016 from Johnson’s Pond in Coventry, Rhode Island. This impressive fish weighed 11 pounds and 3.2 ounces, was 25 inches long and was 20 – 1/8 inches in girth.

Scale analysis by Division fisheries biologists determined that the female fish was 14 years old. We would like to thank Sandy Bottom Bait and Tackle shop as well as RIDEM LE Officer Knowleton for their assistance with this new state record.

This record beats the previous State Record Bass that weighed in at 10 lbs. 6 ozs., 24.5 inches, May 1991 by Nicolas Finamore of Johnston, RI, caught from Carbuncle Pond in Coventry.

For more information on the State Record Fish, Game Fish Awards, and the certification procedure, please see page 21 of the Freshwater Fishing Guide or contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 401-789-0281.

RI Sportfishing Records 2016 – Freshwater







Smallmouth Bass 5 lbs. 15 oz. 22.5″ 9/77 Wash Pond B. Ferris – Wakefield, RI
Largemouth Bass 11 lbs. 3.2 oz. 25″ 4/16 Johnson’s Pond B. Migliore – Sterling, CT
Bluegill 2 lbs. 1 oz. 12″ 8/87 C. Rizzo – Pascoag, RI
Pumpkinseed 12.5 oz. 10″ 5/01 Indian Lake J. Hall – Wakefield, RI
Black Crappie 3 lbs. 15″ 7/76 Watchaug Pond R. Sevegny – Pawtucket, RI
Yellow Perch 2 lbs. 4 oz. 13.5″ 2/87 Pascoag Reservoir D. LaRochelle – Glendale, RI
White Perch 2 lbs. 0.25 oz. 15.5″ 12/09 Narrow River P. Warner – Narragansett, RI
Carp 32 lbs. 8 oz. 37″ 6/01 Tiogue Lake S. Wasilewski – Hope Valley, RI
Brown Bullhead 9.44 lbs. 18.5″ 8/98 H. Laramee – Cumberland, RI
White Catfish 16 lbs. 12 oz. 33″ 8/94 Tiogue Lake L. Angell – Coventry, RI
Chain Pickerel 6 lbs. 14 oz. 27.75″ 8/05 Beach Pond T. Egan – Hope Valley, RI
Northern Pike 35 lbs. 47.5″ 10/87 Hundred Acre Pond D. LaRose – Coventry, RI
Brook Trout 3 lbs. 12 oz. 21″ 10/84 Wyoming Pond R. Boucher, Jr. – Warwick, RI
Brown Trout 7 lbs. 9 oz. 26″ 4/00 Wallum Lake R. Groleau – Blackstone, MA
Rainbow Trout 11 lbs. 4/91 Pawcatuck River M. Wencek – Wakefield, RI
Atlantic Salmon

Domestic, stocked (landlocked)

21 lbs. 9 oz. 41″ 1/04 Barber Pond R. Maldonis – Arlington, MA


Hypothermia is a condition in which the body loses heat faster than it can be produced. This causes a dangerous reduction of the body’s inner temperature. Hypothermia results from exposure to wind and wetness. A victim of hypothermia may become blue-gray in color. Violent shivering develops which may give way to muscle spasms and even loss of the use of arms and legs. Confusion and drunken-like behavior also indicate that a person may be hypothermic.

To protect yourself, avoid the conditions that cause hypothermia. Dress warm and stay dry. Know the effects the wind has on cold weather. It may be 40 F (7 C) outside with the sun shining, but a 10 mph wind lowers the wind-chill temperature to 28 F (-2 C). Refer to the Hypothermia Table to see the general effects cold water temperatures have on the body.

When a person falls into cold water, there are ways to increase the chances of survival. Don’t discard clothing; it helps trap the body’s heat. Minimize movement; thrashing around in cold water only leads to exhaustion, and swirling water takes heat from the body more rapidly than still water. Wear a personal flotation device (PFD) which will help for two reasons: it lessens the need to move around in the water and it helps to insulate against heat loss. When wearing a PFD, a person should draw their knees into a position known as HELP (Heat Escape Lessening Posture). If there are several people in the water, huddling together with arms around each other’s shoulders is the best survival technique.

Treatment for hypothermia involves getting heat back into the body and raising the inner temperature. Skin-to-skin contact and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (even when the victim is conscious) are excellent ways to transfer heat. Do not give alcohol or massage a person vigorously to treat hypothermia; a hot bath is fine for mild cases but never if the victim is unconscious. For further information, contact your local Red Cross Chapter.

If the water

temperature (F) is…

Exhaustion or


occurs within…

Expected survival time is…

less than 32.5 less than 15 minutes less than 45 minutes
32.5-40.0 15-40 minutes 30-90 minutes
40-50 30-60 minutes 1-3 hours
50-60 1-2 hours 1-6 hours
60-70 2-7 hours 2-40 hours
70-80 3-12 hours 3-indefinitely
over 80 indefinitely indefinitely

RI Sportfishing Records 2016 – Saltwater







Sea Bass 8 lbs. 7.25 oz. 26″ 10/81 Block Island K. McDuffie – Pascoag, RI
Striped Bass 77 lbs. 6.4 oz 52″ 6/11 Block Island P. Vican – E. Greenwich, RI
Bluefish 26 lbs. 39″ 8/81 D. Deziel – Woonsocket, RI
Bonito 13 lbs. 10/95 Westerly R. Gliottone – Exeter, RI
Cod 71 lbs. 6/65 M. Deciantis – Warwick, RI
Summer Flounder 17 lbs. 8 oz. 1962 Narrow River G. Farmer – Warwick, RI
Winter Flounder 6 lbs. 7 oz. 23″ 8/90 Galilee A. Pearson – Cranston, RI
King Mackerel 12 lbs. 3 oz. 40″ 8/00 Point Judith A. Camilleri – Chester, CT
Atlantic Mackerel OPEN
Pollack 28 lbs. 8 oz. 5/95 A. Jacobs – Lincoln, RI
Scup 5 lbs. 20.25″ 10/90 J. Yurwitz – Block Island, RI
American Shad (Closed) 6 lbs. 8 oz. 25″ 4/85 Runnins River W. Socha – Warren, RI
Hickory Shad 2 lbs. 11 oz. 20” 11/89 Narrow River M. Pickering – Lincoln, RI
Blue Shark 431 lbs. 2 oz. 12’6″ 11/06 Cox Ledge G. Gross – Fairfield, NJ
Mako Shark 718 lbs. 10’6″ 6/93 S. Block Island W. Alessi – Boston, MA
Swordfish 434 lbs. 13’6″ 8/11 Hydro. Canyon L. DeFusco – W. Warwick, RI
Squeteague 16 lbs. 8.72 oz. 36″ 5/07 Greenwich Bay R. Moeller – N. Kingstown, RI
Tautog 21 lbs. 4 oz. 11/54 Jamestown C.W. Sunquist
Bluefin Tuna 1142 lbs. 9/71 Block Island J. Dempsey
Yellowfin Tuna 265 lbs. 6′ 10/97 The Dip R. Hughes – Arlington, MA
White Marlin 125 lbs. 8′ 0.5″ 8/87 S. Block Island J. Luty, Sr. – Preston, CT