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2019 Recreational Regulations

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing

2019 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″

June 24 – Aug. 31

3 fish/person/day

Sept. 1 – Dec. 31

7 fish/person/day

Bluefish

No minimum

Open year round

15 fish/person/day

Monkfish (Goosefish)

17″ whole fish
11″ tail

Open year round

50 lbs of tails or
166 lbs whole/day

River Herring (alewives and blueback herring) & American Shad

Not applicable

CLOSED

Not applicable

Scup (shore and private / rental boat)

9″

Open year round

30 fish/person/day

Scup (special shore) ***

8″

Open year round

30 fish/person/day

Scup (party and charter)

9″

Jan. 1 – Aug. 31

30 fish/person/day

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31

50 fish/person/day

Nov. 1 – Dec. 31

30 fish/person/day

Striped Bass (Below for fin clipping regulation)

28″

Open year round

1 fish/person/day

Summer Flounder (general)

19″

May 3 – Dec. 31

6 fish/person/day

Summer Flounder (special shore)***

17″ (See
Possession Limit)

May 3 – Dec. 31

2 fish @ 17″ person/day
4 fish @ 19″ person/day

Tautog (Blackfish)
Max of 10 fish/ves/day
during all periods, except licensed party / charter boats

16″

Apr. 1 – May 31

3 fish/person/day

June 1 – July 31

CLOSED

Aug. 1 – Oct. 14

3 fish/person/day

Oct. 15 – Dec. 31

5 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

ATTENTION: Striped Bass Fin Clipping Regulation

All striped bass recreationally harvested over 34 inches must have their right pectoral fin completely removed. Only remove the right pectoral fin of fish over 34 inches that you intend to take home, do not remove any fins of fish when practicing catch and release fishing. This regulation helps ensure that any fish captured during recreational harvest cannot be sold commercially in Rhode Island or Massachusetts. No dealer in Rhode Island or Massachusetts can purchase a striped bass with its right pectoral fin clipped. Please do your part and help prevent the illegal sale of striped bass caught while recreational fishing.