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If you’re looking for where to go on your next fishing vacation, then look no further. A Rhode Island fishing trip will be fun for the whole family, with saltwater and freshwater options that are suited to all skill levels.

Sandwiched between Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the North Atlantic Ocean, the “Ocean State” offers top fishing for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonito, Little Tunny, Northern Pike, Tautog, American Shad, Black Seabass, King Mackerel, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and many more.

Rhode Island Fishing Spots

Whether you’re looking for offshore charters or heading inland to the lakes, rivers, streams or ponds, there’s plenty of fishing to be had in the smallest US state.

Top spots to head to include Charlestown Breachway, Quicksand Point, the Harbor of Refuge, Misquamicut Beach, and Weekapaug Breachway. Deep and oxygenated stocked lakes include Wallum Lake and Beach Pond. Good ponds to fish include Johnson’s Pond, Echo Lake, Upper Slatersville Reservoir, and Smith and Sayles. These are great for Largemouth Bass.

Narragansett Bay

Narragansett Bay is where you’ll find the majority of the islands and plenty of fishing opportunities. This huge bay is over 26 miles long and is 12 miles at its widest point. When people talk about Bass fishing in Rhode Island, this is where they go. Head out from Providence in the north of the bay or Narragansett in the southern part, as well as plenty of harbors in between. In the bay, Halfway Rock is a great spot for Squeteague (Weakfish) from April to October.

Point Judith

Past Narragansett, at the southern tip, is Point Judith. An active fishing village, Point Judith is great for fishing as well as whale watching. The best time to head here is during the summer, where you can catch plenty of Mackerel, Monkfish, Black Seabass, Lobster, Butterfish, Herring, and more. Charters heading out of Point Judith can take you the short distance over to Block Island.

Block Island

Located offshore between Point Judith and the tip of Montauk, New York, Block Island is a great fishery to head to. This is where you’ll reach your daily limits of Fluke, Cod, and Pollock – the Cox Ledge is good for Cod and Pollock when they are migrating south for the winter.

There are many spots to fish when out here – for large pelagics, head to the south side of the island where you’ll be able to target Yellowfin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, Sharks, and even White Marlin. Fishing inside Great Salt Pond is very productive, and there are plenty of buoys around the island that attract predators. Other top spots include Clay Head and Old Harbor Point.

Wood River

For freshwater fishing, you’ll want to head inland to the rivers, lakes, and ponds. Wood River is located between Hopkinton and Richmond and is a top fishery for Brown, Rainbow, and Brook Trout. You’ll even find wild Brook Trout in the tributaries – these “natives” are mostly in Flat River and Falls River. This is a great river to fly fish on. The busiest time on Wood River is between May and September, although the River is open from April to February.

Mossup River

Covering 16 miles, Mossup River is a beautiful river to fish on. Anglers can fly fish on the lower part of the river. You’ll be targeting Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout here, but they will need to be released once caught. There are also wild Brook Trout here.

Fishing Tips

  • When fly fishing the rivers, lakes, and ponds, a 6–8 wt intermediate fly line will work well. Pair with a red-and-white bucktail streamer for great results.

  • When fishing for Bluefish, use fresh chunk bait – the smell will attract them. Hook sizes between 3–5 millimeters are best for Bluefish.

  • When targeting Striped Bass, use weighted plastic baits with a 10–15 lb test line on a 9’ medium-action rod.

Need to Know

A lot of focus in Rhode Island is on the excellent saltwater fishing available. While here, try for the Grand Slam – you’ll need to hook a Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonito, and Little Tunny all in one day.

Regulations

You’ll need to buy a freshwater or saltwater fishing license. If you’ll be fishing both waters, there is a combo license available. Visitors to Rhode Island will need a separate Shellfish license.

There are daily bag limits for most species. Before heading out, check how many of each species you can legally take, and when the season is open.

Budget

The price of your fishing charter will depend entirely on where you’re fishing. Offshore, targeting Tuna and Sharks for 12 hours will cost around $1,500 for six people. A nearshore trip going after the Grand Slam can be between $700–$850 for six people. An Inshore trip is likely to be for two people, and around $275 total.

It’s time to book a Rhode Island fishing charter! Whether you’re fly fishing the peaceful streams or heading offshore for rod-bending and reel-screaming action, there’s something for every angler in the Ocean State.

 

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January

Despite the cold, you’ll be able to target Codfish this month. Fishing generally slows down during the winter in Rhode Island.

February

February continues to be a good month for catching Codfish.

March

Temperatures range between 31°F and 64°F. Enjoy the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

April

Trout and Tautog season opens. Striped Bass begin their migration to Rhode Island – they’ll be too small to keep, but are good fun to catch.

 
May

Fly fishing is great with the bloodworm hatch the Striped Bass feed off. These Bass are big enough to keep.

 
June

Bass and Bluefish head to Narragansett Bay. Watch the annual WaterFire installation from June to September, and see bonfires on the rivers!

 
July

There are lots of fishing opportunities now. Target Striped Bass, Bluefish, Scup, Flounder, Fluke, False Albacore, and Tuna.

 
August

August is the best month for fishing. Bluefish, Striped Bass, False Albacore, and Tuna are around and biting in the bay.

 
September

Head to Narragansett Bay for Bluefish, Bass, and Scup. Tautog can be caught from now until November.

October

This is a great month for targeting Tautog. Join in the Halloween celebrations on land.

November

November is a good time to go Tautog fishing, as long as the weather cooperates! Celebrate Thanksgiving on land.

 
December

You’ll need to head to the deeper warmer waters to catch anything this month – it’s a slow fishing month. Celebrate Christmas in Providence in style!

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Be patient and get with a good captain and charter. You will have fun and they will put you on the fish. Make it a trip with the kids. They have a blast and it is great seeing them have a blast.
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Be patient and get with a good captain and charter. You will have fun and they will put you on the fish. Make it a trip with the kids. They have a blast and it is great seeing them have a blast.
David  N.
David N. Dover, NJ
We caught a lot of Black Sea Bass and a Flounder. The tide was crazy but we went home with some great fish.
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We caught a lot of Black Sea Bass and a Flounder. The tide was crazy but we went home with some great fish.
Desirée  M.
Desirée M. Fort Plain, NY

Magec Charters
Magec Charters
Fishing charter in Narragansett
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Although it was a slow day overall for all charter boats on the water that day. Capt Mike was eager to find us a reef where we could bail out blackfish. We switched to seabass towards the end as not many people were catching blackfish. During the day he was calling other captains to see how they were doing and if it was worth going near them.
Joseph  B.
Joseph B. United States
Reel Addiction Charters
Reel Addiction Charters
Fishing charter in Portsmouth
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 7 reviews
This was a birthday gift for my son. He could not say enough about his trip. He totally loved it. He would definitely book again with Captain Parker.
Linda  M.
Linda M. United States
Tall Tailz Charters
Tall Tailz Charters
Fishing charter in Jamestown
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 4 reviews
Captin Connor super knowledgeable and kind. He was very patient and knows how to catch fish. We had a great trip will definitely book with him again.
Michael  D.
Michael D. Westwood, NJ
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Westerly
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
The Captain and his able mate Quinn had us on fish within minutes, making for a really enjoyable day. But catching those big stripers will wear you out, so it was nice that we got to do some bottom-fishing as well to change it up a bit. Highly recommended.
Michael  C.
Michael C. North Andover, MA
Magec Charters
Magec Charters
Fishing charter in Narragansett
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Booked at trip for my fathers birthday this year. Perfect day, amazing catch, with a great captain and crew.
Willard  V.
Willard V. Colchester, CT
Reel Addiction Charters
Reel Addiction Charters
Fishing charter in Portsmouth
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 7 reviews
We had a fantastic trip. Captain Chip worked hard to keep us on the fish and harder to get us there. I know we kept Gus busy and he was always on top of making sure we had bait or helping us get unstuck from the bottom. We can’t thank the both of you enough for the great experience. We are already planning the next trip with Captain Chip.
Kenneth  H.
Kenneth H. Middletown, Connecticut
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Westerly
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Captain Tim and 1st mate Austin was awesome we caught plenty of fish and even some nice big striped bass. Very knowledgeable he knew where the fish were
Robert  S.
Robert S. Youngwood, PA
Night Owl Guide Service
Night Owl Guide Service
Fishing charter in South Kingstown
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
We had a great time doing the night fishing with Kurt. Very professional and really helped us have the best experience. My son finally caught his first bass! We will definitely be going back.
Ken  K.
Ken K. Uxbridge, MA
Bragaboutit Charters
Bragaboutit Charters
Fishing charter in Newport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
epic fishing experience. learned a lot. and caught slot. capt went above and beyond. highly highly recommend
Robert  A.
Robert A. HUNTINGTN STA, NY
Magec Charters
Magec Charters
Fishing charter in Narragansett
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Easy location and nice boat, Captain Mike is well prepped and family friendly. We had a good trip.
Ryan  L.
Ryan L. Fairfield, CT
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Westerly
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Another great afternoon with Captain Mike. "Razor Ramone" brings in the big one
Stephen  G.
Stephen G. Lincoln, RI
Bragaboutit Charters
Bragaboutit Charters
Fishing charter in Newport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
We had a great time fishing with Captain Chad. He was very knowledgeable and great with the kids. He was a great teacher and put us on the striped bass all day. We had a blast and will be back!!!
David  N.
David N. Dover, NJ
Magec Charters
Magec Charters
Fishing charter in Narragansett
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Not a great day fishing but the boat and entire experience was great will definitely book with Mike again.
Ben  A.
Ben A. Swansea, Massachusetts
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Westerly
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Captain and first mate are genuinely good people. Captain knows how and where to find the fish. Caught our quota of striped bass in no time and then plenty of sea bass. Top rate operation with lots of fish action and lots of fun. Will not be disappointed! This was first trip with Bonita II and already planning next!
THOMAS  D.
THOMAS D. Altamont, NY
Magec Charters
Magec Charters
Fishing charter in Narragansett
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Captain Mike is one of the best! It was my husband and I with our 3 kids (15,12 and 9). We learned how to jog fish and caught 4 stripers and 1 big blue and then we went to sea bass fishing. We caught a bunch there too! He answered all our questions and was very patient with the kids. Weather was cooperating, it was a beautiful afternoon out at sea. Great start to our vacation and the boys will be back for a off shore trip very soon. Greg and Hollie Hamelin
Hollie  H.
Hollie H. Southwick, MA
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Bonita II Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Westerly
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Crew was great! Hit our limit within first 40 min of trip. Caught over 18+ stripers.
Christopher  P.
Christopher P. East Haven, CT
Night Owl Guide Service
Night Owl Guide Service
Fishing charter in South Kingstown
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 14 reviews
Very relaxing day of fishing. Captain Curt was on his game, you know you had a good day when we tried to figure out how many fish we each caught (8 for cap 6 or 7 for me). Before catch and released, I believe we would've filled both live wells easy. Great time, would recommend this charter to any ability of angler. Thanks Cap... tight lines!
Kyle  K.
Kyle K. Guilford, CT
Magec Charters
Magec Charters
Fishing charter in Narragansett
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
We went out and he put us right where the fish were. Saw dolphins and whales. But things really turned exciting when we went to a place called "the farm" non stop action, captin and crew were so helpful. Incredible time
Michael  H.
Michael H. Stamford, CT
Bragaboutit Charters
Bragaboutit Charters
Fishing charter in Newport
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Had a great trip! Capt worked hard to get us on the fish! Will definitely use them again!
Robert  M.
Robert M. Cedar Park, TX
Reel Addiction Charters
Reel Addiction Charters
Fishing charter in Portsmouth
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 7 reviews
Had the wife and daughter out with Capt. Chip and 1st Mate Matt -- what a great time! Capt. Chip put on some great hot spots for fish. Matt helped everyone with their technique. We landed some fish and had a great all around experience. I highly recommend this charter for anyone looking to fish in the Newport area. Five stars+++
James  D.
James D. Walpole, Massachusetts

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Rhode Island

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Rhode Island costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $549, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $747. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Rhode Island is 31 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Magec Charters, Reel To Reel Sportfishing Llc, and Night Owl Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Rhode Island. Full list of top fishing charters in Rhode Island.

Magec Charters, Reel To Reel Sportfishing Llc, and Night Owl Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Rhode Island.

The best way to experience fishing in Rhode Island is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Rhode Island.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bass (Striped), Bluefish, and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and jigging. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

You’ll need to head to the deeper warmer waters to catch anything this month – it’s a slow fishing month. Celebrate Christmas in Providence in style! Check availability for local fishing charters in Rhode Island.