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2020 Recreational Regulations

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing

2020 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 (shore and private / rental boat)

No minimum

Open year round

3 fish/person/day

Bluefish (party and charter)

No minimum

Open year round

5 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 *

Minimum Size – 28″ Maximum Size- <35″

Open year round

1 fish/person/day within the slot limit

Summer Flounder (general)

19″

May 3 – Dec. 31

6 fish/person/day

Summer Flounder (special shore)***

17″ (See Posession 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