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Rhode Island

Freshwater Fishing

Division of Fish & Wildlife

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Governor Gina M. Raimondo
RI Department of Environmental Management
Director 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 •
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