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Rhode Island may not be famous for bass fishing like some other states, but it still offers excellent opportunities to catch both largemouth and smallmouth bass. There are numerous ponds, lakes, and rivers scattered throughout the state that provide habitat for these two bass species.

Largemouth bass can be found in many of the freshwater bodies of Rhode Island. Places like Stafford Pond, Johnson's Pond, and Worden Pond are known for producing good-sized largemouth bass. The early spring and late fall are generally the best times to target largemouth bass, as they are more active and easier to catch during these cooler months.

Smallmouth bass, on the other hand, are more commonly found in the rivers and streams of Rhode Island. The Wood River and the Pawcatuck River are particularly well-known for their smallmouth bass fishing. The summer months are typically the prime time for smallmouth bass fishing, as the warmer water temperatures make them more active.

Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are aggressive predators, making them fun to catch on a variety of lures and baits. Anglers often use techniques like casting crankbaits, soft plastics, and topwater lures to entice these bass into striking. Whether you're an experienced angler or a novice looking to try bass fishing for the first time, Rhode Island's bass fishing scene has something to offer for everyone.

Bass Fishing Lakes In Rhode Island

Fishing at Watchaug Pond in RI

Most major lakes in Rhode Island contain bass, including Beach Pond, Indian Lake, Johnson Pond (Flat River Reservoir), Pascoag Reservoir (Echo Lake), Stafford Pond, Tiogue Lake, Watchaug Pond, Woonasquatucket Reservoir and Worden Pond. Bass can also be found in ponds, parks and rivers, many of which offer ice fishing for bass in winter.

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Bass In Rhode Island

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 11 lbs 3.2 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 15 oz

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Top 5 Bass Fishing Lures For Rhode Island

When bass are shallow, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and stickbaits are the most productive. As they move deeper, worms and jigs are among the top producers.

Rhode Island State Record Bass

The state record largemouth bass was caught from Johnson's Pond.

The state record smallmouth bass came from Wash Pond.

Bass fishing in Rhode Island

Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in Rhode Island.

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