As an experienced angler, I understand the importance of having a valid fishing license before hitting the water. In Rhode Island, all anglers are required to have a valid fishing license, with a few exceptions. This article provides a comprehensive guide to Rhode Island fishing license costs, regulations, and more.
Types of Rhode Island Fishing Licenses
Resident Fishing Licenses
If you are a resident of Rhode Island, you can purchase a resident fishing license for $21 for the year. For those who wish to fish for a shorter period, a Resident 7-Day Fishing License is available for $10.
Non-Resident Fishing Licenses
Non-residents can purchase a yearly fishing license for $10. A temporary seven-day license is also available for non-residents.
Special permits are available for certain types of fishing, such as trout or saltwater fishing. These permits come with an additional fee.
General Fishing Regulations in Rhode Island
It’s crucial to know the bag limits for the species you are targeting. In Rhode Island, the bag limits for common species are as follows:
- Striped Bass: 1 fish per angler per day, minimum size limit of 28 inches
- Tautog: 3 fish per angler per day, minimum size limit of 16 inches
- Fluke (Summer Flounder): 4 fish per angler per day, minimum size limit of 19 inches
Size and Creel Limits
The size and creel limits for different species can vary, so it’s important to check the regulations before you fish. In Rhode Island, the size and creel limits for some popular species are:
- Bluefish: no size limit; 10 fish per angler per day
- Black Sea Bass: 15 fish per angler per day, minimum size limit of 15 inches
- Scup (Porgy): 30 fish per angler per day, minimum size limit of 9 inches
Certain species have closed seasons during which they may not be harvested. In Rhode Island, the closed seasons for some popular species are:
- Striped Bass: May 1–June 15 and December 1–December 31
- Summer Flounder: January 1–April 30
Having a valid fishing license is crucial for any angler in Rhode Island. Make sure you purchase the appropriate license for your needs and follow all regulations to ensure a safe and successful fishing trip. Remember to always practice catch-and-release and respect the environment. Happy fishing!
For more information, please visit the official Rhode Island government websites:
- Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
- Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing Regulations
- Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing Regulations
How much does a Rhode Island resident fishing license cost?
The cost of a Rhode Island resident fishing license varies based on the age of the applicant. For individuals aged 16-64 years, the license costs $18. For those aged 65 years or older, the license is free. As of 2021, the license is valid from March 1 of the calendar year for which it is issued to the last day of February the following year.
How much does a non-resident fishing license cost in Rhode Island?
If you are not a resident of Rhode Island, you can still obtain a fishing license to fish in state waters. The cost of a non-resident license is $35 for a 1-year license, $50 for a 2-year license, and $65 for a 3-year license. Keep in mind that non-resident licenses are only valid for freshwater fishing.
Are there any additional fees or permits required for saltwater fishing in Rhode Island?
Yes, if you plan to fish in saltwater in Rhode Island, you must obtain a saltwater fishing license in addition to your freshwater license. The cost of a saltwater license for Rhode Island residents is $7.50, while non-residents must pay $10 for a 1-year license. In addition, some areas may require a special permit or stamp for certain species of fish, such as striped bass. It’s important to check local regulations before you head out to fish.