Division of Fish & Wildlife

Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Governor Gina M. Raimondo

RI Department of Environmental Management


Janet L. Coit

Deputy Director for Natural Resources

Jason McNamee

RI Division of Fish and Wildlife

Great Swamp Headquarters

277 Great Neck Road

West Kingston, RI 02892

401-789-0281 • dem.dfw@dem.ri.gov

Freshwater and Diadromous Fisheries Section

Christine A. Dudley, Deputy Chief of
Freshwater and Diadromous Fisheries

Phillip A. Edwards,
Supervising Fisheries Biologist

Alan D. Libby, Principal Fisheries Biologist

Patrick McGee, Principal Fisheries Biologist

Corey Pelletier, Fisheries Biologist

Kenneth C. Fernstrom, Senior Fisheries
Biologist – Hatcheries Manager

Veronica J. Masson, Federal Aid Coordinator

Aquatic Resource Education

Kimberly M. Sullivan,
Principal Fisheries Biologist

Aquatic Resource Education Coordinator

RI DFW Education Center

1B Camp E-Hun-Tee

Exeter, RI 02822

(401) 539-0019


Division of Law Enforcement

F. Dean Hoxsie, Chief

24hr Violation Line: (401) 222-3070

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure that the Freshwater, Marine, and Wildlife resources of the State of Rhode Island will be conserved and managed for equitable and sustainable use.

This guide contains a partial compilation of state laws and regulations pertaining to freshwater fishing and other related information. For more detailed information, refer to Title 20 of the
General Laws of the State of Rhode Island or visit www.dem.ri.gov