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2017 Recreational Regulations

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing

2017 Size, Season and Possession Limits

Species

Minimum Size

Open Season

Possession Limit

American Eel

9″

Open year round

25 eels/person/day or
50 eels/vsl/day for licensed party/charter vessels

Black Sea Bass

15″

May 25 – Aug. 31

3 fish/person/day

Sept. 1 – Sept. 21

7 fish/person/day

Sept. 22 – Oct. 21

CLOSED

Oct. 22 – Dec. 31

7 fish/person/day

Bluefish

No minimum

Open year round

15 fish/person/day

Cod

22″

Open year round

10 fish /person/day

River Herring (alewives and blueback herring) & American Shad

Not applicable

CLOSED

Not applicable

Scup (shore and private / rental boat)

10″

May 1 – Dec. 31

30 fish/person/day

Special Area Provisions: While fishing from shore at India Point Park in Providence, Conimicut Park in Warwick, Stone Bridge in Tiverton, East and West walls in Narragansett, Rocky Point in Warwick, Fort Adams in Newport, or at Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, anglers may possess up to 30 scup, 9 inches or greater in length, from May 1 through December 31.

Scup (party & charter)

10″

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 See 11 page for Fin Clipping Regulation.

28″

Open year round

1 fish/person/day

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

19″

May 1 – Dec. 31

4 fish/person/day

Tautog (Blackfish)

Max of 10 fish/ves/day

during all periods,except licensed party / charter boats

16″

Apr. 15 – May 31

3 fish/person/day

June 1 – July 31

Closed

Aug 1 – Oct. 14

3 fish/person/day

Oct. 15 – Dec. 15

6 fish/person/day

Weakfish (Squeteague)

16″

Open year round

1 fish/person/day

Winter Flounder ** (Blackback)

12″

Mar. 1 – Dec. 31

2 fish/person/day