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 at 401-789-3094.

Quonochontaug Breachway

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. Toilets on-site.

Seapowet Marsh and Point Fishing Area

Off Seapowet Avenue Tiverton, RI, 02878 Phone:

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.

Route 1A just off Route 1 Charlestown, RI Phone: 401-364-1222

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

Charlestown Breachway

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.

Ocean Drive Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-2400

Surf casting is popular from the rocky shoreline of this beautiful state park. Excellent views of Narragansett Bay, islands, a lighthouse, and sometimes surfers. See full description of Brenton Point State Park.

Sakonnet Harbor

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 Barrington, RI Phone: 401-253-7482

Salt-water fishing in Narragansett Bay. Boat ramp is available. See full description of Haines Memorial State Park.

Lincoln Park - Olney Pond

126 acres. Lincoln Woods State Park. Location: Route 95 North to Route 146. 3½ miles to State Park.

Ocean Avenue Bridge

Trims Pond New Shoreham (Block Island), RI, 02807 Phone:

Location: This bridge crosses over Trims Pond, a tidal pond that is connected to Great Salt Pond in New Harbor.

Stafford Pond

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.

Beavertail Road Jamestown, RI, 02835 Phone: 401-423-9941

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. See full description Beavertail State Park.

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 road.

Barber's Pond

28 acres. Location: Route 102 to Route 2 South, about 7 miles on right. 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.

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. Handicap access.

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.

Sanctuary Road (Route 1) Charlestown, RI, 02813 Phone: 401-364-8910

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. See full description of Burlingame State Park.

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.

Carbuncle Pond

48 acres. Location: Route 102 to Route 14, 4.5 miles on Route 14, sign and road on left. Parking: Yes.

Barker Avenue

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.

Route 14 Bristol, RI, 02809 Phone: 401-253-7482

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.
See full description of Colt State Park

Black Point

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.

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.

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

Middle Bridge

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.

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.