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Types of Fish in Rhode Island

American Eel
American Shad
Atlantic Bonito
Atlantic Salmon
Black Sea Bass
Bluefish
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Bullhead
Crappie
King Mackarel
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Pickerel
Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish
White Catfish
White Perch
Yellow Perch

Fishing in the state of Rhode Island is a popular pastime, more so for coastal fishing than freshwater. Though, no matter what you fish for, you are unlikely to be disappointed; The diversity of Rhode Island’s fish will keep you busy all day long!

Undoubtedly the most well distributed species in Rhode Island is bass although saltwater bass fishing is more popular. Some great bass fishing can be found in many of Rhode Island’s smaller ponds. For a fly fishing experience the Connecticut River is not only productive, but it can produce several pound bass. Indian Lake and Tiogue Lake are two of few larger waterbodies for bass fishing in the state.

Trout are sought after in Rhode Island. Tiogue Lake is one of the few lakes with trout. Pawcatuck River offers exquisite trout fishing. Pawcatuck is also the site holding the state rainbow trout record of eleven pounds. Trout require an additional stamp, please be careful of all regulations.

Rhode Island has so much coastline its nickname is the Ocean State, so of course it has excellent saltwater fishing. Bluefish are popular to fish for along Rhode Island’s shores, allowing a thrilling experience without getting into a boat. If you prefer deep water action then your prey is likely to be tuna, cod, or maybe a shark!

Striped bass are the state fish of Rhode Island. Striped bass fishing is excellent in Narragansett Bay, as is bluefin tuna, false albacore, porgy, weakfish, and fluke fishing. For larger boats use the east passage of the Narragansett Bay.

Of the southern shore of the Ocean State, Weekapaug Breachway provides some of its best fishing. Access to this spot is convenient, the east and west shores provide fishing from land, and species are diverse. Albacore, stripers, bluefish, porgy, sea bass, and more are found at Weekapaug Breachway.

The largest island in the state is Block Island, where trophy sized black sea bass, bluefin tuna, and white marlin swim free. It was once home to the state striped bass record too. You can also find sizable fluke, bonito, and the occasional shark there! Some consider Block Island to be one of the premier islands on the east coast.

If you are sixteen years or older you will need a license. However, Rhode Island does honor licenses from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. Rhode Island recreational fishing licenses can be bought online or in person at state agencies. Those bought from the web can be printed for immediate fishing. Social security numbers are required. Licenses are offered for a year or seven days to both residents and non-residents. Non-residents also have a three day freshwater fishing option.

Residency is proven via a Rhode Island driver’s license or other state issued ID card. Members of the Armed Forces, even those who are not residents of Rhode Island, may buy a resident fishing license. Senior residents may be given free recreational fishing licenses. Of course, if you prefer to wait, Rhode Island’s free fishing days are in May!
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Blackamore Pond


Blackamore Pond, just 1 miles from Cranston, Rhode Island, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Blackamore Pond include Providence, East Providence and Warwick. If Blackamore Pond doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Pocasset River, Mashapaug Brook, Furnace Hill Brook, Three Ponds Brook, Simmons Brook, Pawtuxet River, Dry Brook, Woonasquatucket River, Seekonk River and Providence River.
Closest Cities : Cranston 1miles, Providence 3miles, East Providence 4miles, Warwick 5miles, Johnston 5miles


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Boon Lake


Boon Lake, just 2 miles from Exeter, Rhode Island, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Boon Lake include West Greenwich, Richmond and Coventry. If Boon Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Breakheart Brook, Parris Brook, Flat River, Roaring Brook, Baker Brook, Phillips Brook, Woody Hill Brook, Factory Brook, Raccoon Brook and Congdon River.
Closest Cities : Exeter 2miles, West Greenwich 3miles, Richmond 5miles, Coventry 7miles, Voluntown 8miles


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Crescent Lake


Crescent Lake, just 1 miles from Warwick, Rhode Island, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Crescent Lake include Barrington, West Warwick and Bristol. If Crescent Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Carder Creek, Tuscatucket Brook, Knowles Brook, Warner Brook, Buckeye Brook, Baker Creek, Potowomut River, Lockwood Brook, Old Mill Creek and Uptown Creek.
Closest Cities : Warwick 1miles, Barrington 5miles, West Warwick 5miles, Bristol 6miles, East Greenwich 6miles


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Cunliff Lake


Cunliff Lake, just 3 miles from Providence, Rhode Island, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Cunliff Lake include East Providence, Cranston and Warwick. If Cunliff Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Mashapaug Brook, Pawtuxet River, Pocasset River, Woonasquatucket River, Seekonk River, Providence River, Metacomet Brook, Vals Creek, Three Ponds Brook and Moshassuck River.
Closest Cities : Providence 3miles, East Providence 3miles, Cranston 3miles, Warwick 5miles, Barrington 5miles


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Deep Spring Lake


Deep Spring Lake, just 3 miles from Providence, Rhode Island, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Deep Spring Lake include East Providence, Cranston and Warwick. If Deep Spring Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Mashapaug Brook, Pawtuxet River, Pocasset River, Woonasquatucket River, Seekonk River, Providence River, Vals Creek, Metacomet Brook, Three Ponds Brook and Moshassuck River.
Closest Cities : Providence 3miles, East Providence 3miles, Cranston 3miles, Warwick 5miles, Barrington 5miles


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