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.

Lincoln Park - Olney Pond

Lincoln, RI

126 acres. Lincoln Woods State Park. Location: Route 95 North to Route 146. 3˝ miles to State Park.

Pascoag Reservoir -Echo Lake

Glouscester, RI

352 acres. Location: Route 44 West to Jackson School House Road, North, site is ˝ mile on the right. Parking: Yes.

Beach Avenue/Dunns Bridge

Block Island, RI

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.

Ocean Avenue Bridge

New Shoreham (Block Island), RI

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

Barker Avenue

Warren, RI

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.

Colt State Park Colt State Park - Bristol RI

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

Haines Memorial State Park

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.

Mount Hope Fishing Access

Bristol, RI

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.

Beavertail State Park Beavertail State Park - Jamestown RI

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

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.

Brenton Point State Park Brenton Point State Park

Ocean Drive Newport, RI 02840 Phone: 401-847-2400 or 401-849-4562

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.

Goat Island Connector 1

Newport, RI

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.

Kings Beach and Fishing Access

Newport, RI

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.

Potter Cove/Taylor Point

Jamestown, RI

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.

Sakonnet Harbor

Little Compton, RI

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.

Seapowet Marsh and Point Fishing Area

Tiverton, RI

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.

Stafford Pond

Tiverton, RI

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.

Van Zandt Avenue

Newport, RI

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.

Barber's Pond

South Kingstown, RI

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

Black Point

Narragansett, RI

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.

Burlingame State Park Burlingame State Park

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

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.

Carbuncle Pond

Coventry, RI

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

Charlestown Breachway

Charlestown, RI

Location: Off the west end of Charlestown Beach Road. It borders Ninigret Pond on the north and Block Island Sound on the south. The area consists of a wide sandy beach on the ocean, a rock jetty, which is a popular fishing site, a recreational vehicle campground along the east arm of the breachway, and a wetland area bordering Ninigret Pond. Ninety parking spaces are available o- site. There is an entrance fee during the summer season. Picnic tables, benches, toilets, trash receptacles are on-site.

Middle Bridge

Narragansett, RI

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.

Ninigret Park

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

Old Sprague Bridge Overlook

Narragansett, RI

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.

Quonochontaug Breachway

Charlestown, RI

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.

Worden's Pond

South Kingstown, RI

1,043 acres. Location: Route 138 to Route 110 to Worden's Pond Road, take right ˝ mile on north side. Parking: Yes.

Wyoming Pond (Wood River)

Richmond, RI

26 acres. Location: Route 95 to Route 138 West, site just past intersection of Routes 3 and 138 on the right.