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Rhode Island Game Fish Award Program

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing

Annually, RIDEM-Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes anglers who have caught freshwater and saltwater game fish of notable size. Game Fish Awards are presented to anglers for each species of game fish caught that meet the minimum size requirements listed below. Only one award will be presented to an angler for each species per year. State Record Game Fish Awards are presented to the angler whose game fish catch is the largest to date of a species, as determined by Division records. To receive an award, an angler must catch a qualifying fish by rod and reel, tie-up or hand-line by legal means in Rhode Island waters. To apply for a Game Fish Award or State Record Game Fish Award, an angler must bring his or her legally-caught fish to an official weigh-in station, such as a bait and tackle shop, sporting goods store or grocery fish department. The fish must be identified, measured, and weighed on a digital scale. The station operator will fill out a Game Fish Award Application and sign it. If keeping a fish, legal sizes must be adhered to in all cases. Game Fish Awards and State Record Game Fish Awards are mailed out in the spring of the following year the fish are caught. Send completed applications for verification and processing to:

RIDEM – Fish & Wildlife

277 Great Neck Rd.

West Kingston, RI 02892

Applications can be obtained on the DEM website. For questions on the Game Fish Award Program, write to the address above or call (401) 789-0281.

Saltwater

Species

Weight/Length

Striped Bass

50 lbs

Black Sea Bass

3 lbs

Bluefish

18 lbs

Bonito

10 lbs

Cod

20 lbs

Winter Flounder

2 lbs

Summer Flounder

8 lbs

King Mackerel

3 lbs

Mackerel

1 lb

Yellowfin Tuna

125 lbs

Pollack

15 lbs

Scup

2½ lbs

Hickory Shad

5 lbs

Blue Shark

80 lbs

Mako Shark

150 lbs

Swordfish

200 lbs

Squeteague

8 lbs

Tautog

10 lbs

Bluefin Tuna

450 lbs

White Marlin

70 lbs

Freshwater

Species

Weight/Length

Smallmouth Bass

4 lbs

Largemouth Bass

6 lbs

Bluegill

9 in

Pumpkinseed

8 in

Black Crappie

12 in

Yellow Perch

12 in

White Perch

15 in

White Catfish

4 lbs

Chain Pickerel

4 lbs

Northern Pike

10 lbs

Brook Trout

2 lbs

Brown Trout

3 lbs

Rainbow Trout

3 lbs

Brown Bullhead

13 in

Qualifying Weights/Lengths

(Except First Fish Awards)