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.
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.
Rhode Island Tide Charts
Pascoag Reservoir (Echo Lake)
at Jackson Schoolhouse and Widow Smith roads
352 acres. Location: Route 44 West to Jackson School House Road, North, site is ½ mile on the right. Parking: Yes.
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.
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.
West end of Charlestown Beach Road
The breachway has some of the best salt water fishing in South County and a panoramic view of Block Island Sound. there is a boat ramp of linked concrete slabs, a rock jetty, a wide sandy beach on the ocean, and an RV campground. There is parking and an entrance fee during season. No handicap access.
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.
Mount Hope Fishing Access
Off Annawamscutt Drive
A single-width concrete ramp that accommodates trailers leads into shallow water, protected by a breakwater on Mount Hope Bay. Nearby is a rocky beach and a marsh. Parking for 20 vehicles, or fewer with trailers. There's more parking along the entrance road.
Breakwater at entrance to Sakonnet Harbor
Little Compton, RI
At the end of Bluffhead Road and at the mouth of
the Sakonnet River a breakwater is at the opening of Sakonnet Harbor. The breakwater is
good for walking and fishing. There is no public ramp. On-site
parking is available.
Off Ocean Avenue just west of Prices Neck Road
Kings Beach is a fishing access site at the east end of Brenton Point State Park. There is a gravel parking lot and a rocky beach for launching only hand-carried sea kayaks. Waves from the Atlantic are heavy, and only experienced sea kayakers should attempt this water.
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.
Middle Bridge Road
The causeway and bridge crosed 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.
end of Barker Avenue
A gravel path leads to the Kickemuit River.
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.
Goat Island Connector
Gladys Casrr Bolhouse Road
This causeway links downtown Newport to Goat Island. It's 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.
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.
Off Route 146
Trout fishing is done at this pond in a state park in northern Rhode Island. On the the east side of the park is a cement plank boat ramp suitable for launching trailered boats as well as hand-carried boats. Kayaks are available for rent here.
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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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. See full description of Burlingame State Park
at Freebody and Bayview drives
Potter Cove is a long sandy beach facing the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. The beach and Taylor Point are part of a town park where people like to fish, windsurf, paddle kayaks and have picnics. On the water here, prepare to handle large waves and heavy boat traffic. This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Van Zandt Fishing Pier
Van Zandt Avenue and Washington Street
Just south of the Newport Bridge is a public pier at the crossing of Van Zandt Avenue and Washington Street to Narragansett Bay. There is no on-site parking.
Off Plainfield Pike (Route 14)
Carbuncle Pond is a pretty 39-acre pond in the Nicholas Farm Management Area. Two gravel parking lots lead to a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and to a concrete plank boat ramp. There are good places at both lots for launching hand-carried boats. Only electric trolling motors are allowed on the pond. The pond is stocked with trout several times a year.
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
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
off Old Stafford Road
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.
Barber's Pond Road, off Route 2
South Kingstown, RI
28 acres. Location: Route 102 to Route 2 South, about 7 miles on right. Parking: Yes.
Wyoming Pond (Wood River)
Bridge Street and Nooseneack Hill road
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
Block Island, RI
A popular fishing place is the bridge over the Harbor Pond Channel. This site has traditionally
provided public access for fishing, scenic enjoyment, and shell fishing. No parking is available.
Off Ocean Avenue
Off Ocean Road, just north of Scarborough State Beach. A dirt path extends toward Narragansetts Bay from a parking lot just north of the old stone carriage house. On-site parking is available.