Find the best places and tips for fishing in Rhode Island
Opening day for trout fishing in Rhode Island is usually mid-April. Licenses are required for anglers 15 years of age and older. Licenses many be purchased at Rhode Island’s city halls and town halls and many local bait and retail shops or online at the Licensing and Registration
web page of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
A non-resident freshwater fishing license costs $35 and is valid for one year. Tourist freshwater fishing licenses are valid for three days and cost $16. Non-resident saltwater shellfish licenses are valid for 14 days and cost $11. Rhode Island law mandates that you keep your license visible while fishing. A Trout Stamp is required of any person wishing to keep or possess a trout, salmon, or char caught in Rhode Island waters or to fish in a catch and release area or in a fly fishing only area. Trout Stamps cost $5.50.
Rhode Island residents are not required to have a license for saltwater fishing unless they wish to sell the catch. Out-of-state residents must have a license to shellfish in Rhode Island waters; also, they are forbidden to take lobster.
For more information contact the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Potter Cove/Taylor Point
Location: Two different parking areas located
just north of the Newport Bridge, off
Bayview Drive. A long, narrow
beach hugging Potter Cove can
be reached by stairs descending from
one parking lot.
Wyoming Pond (Wood River)
26 acres. Location: Route 95 to Route 138W, site just past intersection of Routes 3 and 138 and Bridge Street, on the right. Gravel ramp. Parking: Yes
476 acres. Route 24 East to Fish Road South, to Bulgarmarsh Road, take left on Route 81. Stafford Pond Road, access on left. Parking: Yes.
Old Sprague Bridge Overlook
Location: East of Scenic Route 1A.
The bridge abutments provide a view of the
Pettaquamscutt Refuge and the
Narrow River. There is parking available for
cars on both sides of the river.
Jamestown, RI, 02835
Park with rocky shores, tide pools, salt water fishing, walking, picnicking, lighthouse
State park with glorious views at the end of Jamestown Island. Rocky shoreline is popular for surf casting.
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Beavertail State Park.
Location: The causeway and bridge over the Narrow
River. At the southwest end of the
bridge there is a path to the Narrow
River identified by a historic marker.
There is restricted parking along
Middlebridge Road. Trash receptacles are on-site.
Location: Off Ocean Road, just north of Scarborough State Beach. This state fishing area consists of a wooded dirt path that extends toward the Bay from a parking lot just north of the old stone carriage house ruins. Use caution when walking out on the rocks, particularly
during high tide. On-site parking is available.
Seapowet Marsh and Point Fishing Area
Off Seapowet Avenue
Location: Off Seapowet Avenue, this refuge area includes a variety of coastal habitats. There is a parking area along a cobble beach north of the bridge over the Seapowet River and walking or driving access to Seapowet Point. There is a marsh on the point, popular for shellfishing. The beach is a good spot for walking, fishing, bird watching, or enjoying the view of the river.
Pascoag Reservoir (Echo Lake)
352 acres. Location: Route 44 West to Jackson School House Road, North, site is ½ mile on the right. Parking: Yes.
Mount Hope Fishing Access
Location: Off Annawamscutt Drive. This
access has a single-width concrete
boat ramp into shallow water, with a
breakwater fronting Mount Hope
Bay. Adjacent to the boat ramp is a
cobble beach and a fringing marsh.
There is parking for about 10
vehicles with trailers or about 20 vehicles
without trailers, with possible
additional parking along the entrance
Newport, RI, 02840
Surf casting is popular from the rocky shoreline of this beautiful state park. Excellent views of Narragansett Bay, islands, a lighthouse, and sometimes surfers.
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of Brenton Point State Park.
Location: At the end of Barker Avenue. A 50-
yard gravel path leads to the remnants
of stone columns on both sides
of the Kickemuit River.
Ocean Avenue Bridge
New Shoreham (Block Island), RI, 02807
Location: This bridge crosses over Trims Pond, a tidal pond that is connected to Great Salt Pond in New Harbor.
Goat Island Connector
Location: Linking Newport to Goat Island, the causeway is a popular spot for fishing. A paved road and two concrete sidewalks extend from the circle in front of the hotel to the west side of the causeway and Newport Harbor. Curbside parking is available.
Van Zandt Avenue
Location: Just south of the Newport
Bridge is a well-maintained pier that
extends west from the intersection of
Van Zandt Avenue and Washington
Street to Narragansett Bay. There is
no on-site parking available.
Picnic tables and benches on-site.
Location: At the end of Bluffhead Road, off
Sakonnet Point Road, at the mouth of
the Sakonnet River, there is a breakwater
that forms the entrance to
Sakonnet Harbor. The breakwater is
good for walking, fishing, etc. There is no public ramp
here, only private docks. On-site
parking is available.
On Bullock's Cove, off Metropolitan Park Drive
Salt-water fishing in Narragansett Bay. Boat ramp is available. See full description
of Haines Memorial State Park.
28 acres. Location: Route 102 to Route 2 South, about 7 miles on right. Parking: Yes.
Location: West end of Charlestown Beach Road. Linked concrete slabs. Wide sandy beach on the ocean, rock jetty, a Recreational Vehicle campground and a wetland area. Parking: Yes. Entrance fee during season. No handicap access.
Lincoln Park - Olney Pond
126 acres. Lincoln Woods State Park. Location: Route 95 North to Route 146. 3½ miles to State Park.
Bristol, RI, 02809
Beautiful park along Narragansett Bay; walking trails; picnicking; playfields
There is lots of room for surf casting and shore fishing along the mostly rocky beaches of this large, open park on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay.
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of Colt State Park
Location: West Beach Road, off of Route 1. A popular fishing spot for striped bass, winter flounder, snapper, and Bluefish. Parking is available at the end of West Beach Road for cars and boat trailers.
Route 1A just off Route 1
Pond swimming, fishing; playground, fields, nature center, Frisbee golf
Fishing is done in a small pond in the park. Picnicking, a pavilion, and bathrooms are nearby. See full description
of Ninigret Park
48 acres. Location: Route 102 to Route 14, 4.5 miles on Route 14, sign and road on left. Parking: Yes.
Beach Avenue - Dunns Bridge
Location: The bridge over the Harbor Pond Channel. This site has traditionally
provided public access for fishing, scenic enjoyment, and shellfishing. No parking is available.
Sanctuary Road (Route 1)
Charlestown, RI, 02813
Large forested park with freshwater pond; lots of camping in woods; water sports; boat ramp
Fishing is done on Watchaug Pond at this popular state park. There is a boat ramp.
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of Burlingame State Park.
Kings Beach and Fishing Access
Location: Next to Price’s Neck, off Ocean Avenue,
This is a state-maintained fishing
area in a well-protected cove. There is plenty of on-site parking available. Swimming, and picnicking are also popular here.