RI Salt Water Fishing Regulations

2017 Marine Fisheries Minimum Sizes & Possession Limits

SPECIES

MINIMUM SIZE

SEASON

CURRENT
COMMERCIAL
POSSESSION
LIMIT

American Eel

9″

Closed 9/1 – 12/31
for any gear other than
baited pots or spears

No limit

American Plaice (dab)

12″

1/1 – 12/31

No limit

American Shad

NA

1/1 – 12/31

Prohibited in state waters

Atlantic Salmon

NA

1/1 – 12/31

Prohibited in state waters

Atlantic Sturgeon

NA

1/1 – 12/31

Prohibited in state waters

Black Sea Bass

 

11″

Sub-Periods
1/1 – 4/30
5/1 – 6/30
7/1 – 7/31
CLOSED 8/1 – 9/14
9/15 – 10/31
11/1 – 12/31

50 lbs/vsl/day
Closed Fri

Bluefish

12″

1/1 – 4/30
5/1 – 11/15
11/16 – 12/31

6,000 lbs/vsl/wk

Cod

19″

5/1 – 4/30

1,000 lbs/vsl/day

Coastal Sharks-
Smoothhound

No minimum

1/1 – 12/31

Unlimited

Coastal Sharks-
Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

No Minimum

1/1 – 12/31

Unlimited

Coastal Sharks-
Blacknose

No minimum

1/1 – 12/31

Closed

Coastal Sharks-
Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

No minimum

1/1 – 12/31

3 sharks/vsl/day

Coastal Sharks-
Hammerhead

No minimum

1/1 – 12/31

25 sharks/vsl/day

Coastal Sharks-
Pelagic

No minimum

1/1 – 12/31

Unlimited

Spiny Dogfish

No Minimum

5/1 – 4/30

6,000 lbs/vsl/day

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

With Exemption Certificate

14″

Sub-Periods
1/1 – 4/30
5/1 – 9/15
9/16 -12/31

50 lbs/vsl/day
Closed Fri, Sat, and Sun

Without Exemption Certificate

14″

Sub-Periods
1/1 – 4/30
5/1 – 9/15
9/16 -12/31

50 lbs/vsl/day
Closed Fri, Sat, and Sun

Horseshoe Crab
Bait Fishery

No Minimum

1/1 – 12/31

Closed

Menhaden inside Management Area

No Minimum

1/1 – 12/31

Closed

Menhaden outside Management Area

No Minimum

1/1 – 12/31

Unlimited

May 14
Closed

Monkfish

17″ whole/
11″ tail

5/1 – 4/30

550 lbs/vsl/day tails or
1,826 lbs/vsl/day whole fish

Haddock

16″

1/1 – 12/31

No limit

Pollock

19″

1/1 – 12-31

No limit

Scup

General Category
9″

Sub-Periods
1/1 – 4/30 (fed quota)
5/1 – 6/30
7/1 – 9/15
9/16 – 10/31
11/1 – 12/31 (fed quota)

10,000 lbs/vsl/wk

Floating traps
9″

Sub-Periods
1/1 – 4/30 (fed quota)
5/1 – 10/31
11/1 – 12/31 (fed quota)

Unlimited

Striped bass

General Category
34″

Sub-Periods
5/28 – 8/31
9/8 – 12/31
CLOSED Fri/Sat 
thru-out

Closed

Floating traps
26″

4/1 – 12/31

Unlimited

Skate

Wing Fishery
No Minimun

1/1 – 12/31

18,200 lbs/vsl/wk wings or
41,314 lbs/vsl/wk whole skate

Bait Fishery
Max Size
23″

Sub Periods
5/1 – 7/31
8/1 – 10/31
11/1 – 4/30

25,000 lbs/vsl/day

Tautog

16″

Sub-Periods
4/15 – 5/31
8/1 – 9/15
10/15 – 12/31

10 fish/vsl/day

Weakfish (Squeteague)

16″

Open Season
6/1 – 6/30
8/7 – 11/8

All other times call RIDFW for details

100 lbs/vsl/day bycatch limit

Winter Flounder

12″

1/1 – 12/31

50 lbs/vsl/day

The harvesting or possession of winter flounder is PROHIBITED in Narragansett Bay north of the Colregs Line of Demarcation as well as in Potter and Point Judith Ponds
Yellowtail Flounder

12″

1/1 – 12/31

No limit

Atlantic Herring

No 
minimum size

Closed annually
10/1 – 10/21

Area 2 Open

Area 1 Closed

Area 1B Closed

River Herring

NA

1/1- 12/31

Prohibited in state waters
Call DFW for federal
bycatch allowance

Species

Minimum
size

Season

Possession Limit

American eel

9″

1/1 – 12/31

25 eels/person/day

50 eels/vsl/day for licensed party/charter vessels

American plaice (dab)

14″

1/1 – 12/31

No limit

Black Sea Bass

15″

5/25 – 8/31
9/1 – 9/21
9/22 – 10/21
10/22 – 12/31

3 fish/person/day
7 fish/person/day
Closed
7 fish/person/day

Bluefish

No minimum

1/1 – 12/31

15 fish/person/day

Cod

22″

1/1 – 12/31

10 fish/person/day

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

19″

5/1 – 12/31

4 fish/person/day

Monkfish (Goosefish)

17″ whole
11″ tail

1/1 – 12/31

50 lbs tails/day or 
166 lbs whole/day

Haddock

18″

1/1 – 12/31

No limit

Pollock

19″

1/1 – 12/31

No limit

Scup (Shore and Private)

10″

5/1 – 12/31

30 fish/person/day

Special Area Provisions: While fishing from shore at India Point Park in Providence; Conimicut Park in Warwick; Rocky Point, Warwick; Stone Bridge in Tiverton; East and West Walls (Harbor of Refuge), Narragansett; Fort Wetherill, Jamestown; and Fort Adams, Newport; anglers may possess up to 30 scup 9 inches or greater in length from May 1, through December 31
Scup (Party and Charter)

10″

5/1 – 8/31
9/1 – 10/31
11/1 – 12/31

30 fish/person/day
45 fish/person/day
30 fish/person/day

Skate

No minimum

1/1 – 12/31

10 fish/person/day

Striped Bass

28″

1/1 – 12/31

1 fish/person/day

Striped Bass Fin Clipping: All striped bass 34 inches or larger harvested recreationally must have the entire right pectoral fin removed at the time of harvest
Tautog

16″

4/15 – 5/31
6/1 – 7/31
8/1 – 10/14
10/15 – 12/15

3 fish/person/day
CLOSED
3 fish/person/day
6 fish/person/day
Max of 10 fish/vsl during all periods

Tautog (Party and Charter)

16″

4/15 – 5/31
6/1 – 7/31
8/1 – 10/14
10/15 – 12/15

3 fish/person/day
CLOSED
3 fish/person/day
6 fish/person/day

Weakfish (Squeteague)

16″

1/1 – 12/31

1 fish/person/day

Winter Flounder (Blackback)

12″

3/1 – 12/31

2 fish/person/day

The harvesting or possession of winter flounder is PROHIBITED in Narragansett Bay north of the Colregs Line of Demarcation as well as in Potter and Point Judith Ponds
Witch Flounder
(Gray Sole)

14″

1/1 – 12/31

No limit

Yellowtail Flounder

13″

1/1 – 12/31

No limit