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Rhode Island offers a variety of fishing including lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white catfish, black crappie, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, stripers, chain pickerel and northern pike in local waters.

Major Rhode Island Lakes

Rhode Island major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Rhode Island, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Rhode Island, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Rhode Island Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Beach Pond is a 370-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Beach Pond State Park, RI.

Indian Lake is a 200-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Indian Lake Shores, RI.

Johnson Pond is a 650-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Coventry, RI.

Pascoag Reservoir (Echo Lake) is a 350-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, at Pascoag, RI.

Stafford Pond is a 480-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Eagleville, RI.

Tiogue Lake is a 200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Spring Lake, RI.

Watchaug Pond is a 570-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Fort Ninigret, RI.

Woonasquatucket Reservoir is a 300-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Spragueville, RI.

Woonsocket Reservoir is a 250-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 2 miles south of Woonsocket, RI.

Worden's Pond is a 1,040-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Tuckertown, RI.

Smallmouth Bass

Find additional Rhode Island fishing details at the State of IR DEM website. Click here to obtain a Rhode Island fishing license.

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There is a section dedicated to fishing activities for kids in RI, including stories, photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing in RI.

You can find a listing of RI fishing guides here.

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Fish for big bass in Rhode Island

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in RI.

Fish Species in Rhode Island

Fishing for bass in Rhode Island

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

RI State Record: 10 lbs 6 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

RI State Record: 5 lbs 15 oz

Fishing for catfish in Rhode Island

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

RI State Record: 16 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for crappie in Rhode Island

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

RI State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for trout in Rhode Island

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

RI State Record: 11 lbs 0 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

RI State Record: 3 lbs 12 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

RI State Record: 7 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for panfish in Rhode Island



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

RI State Record: 2 lbs 1 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

RI State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

RI State Record: 2 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for salmon in Rhode Island

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

RI State Record: 21 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Rhode Island

Striped Bass


Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

RI State Record: 76 lbs 14 oz

Fishing for other species in Rhode Island

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

RI State Record: 6 lbs 14 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

RI State Record: 35 lbs 0 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.


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Rainbow trout and brown trout

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