Rhode Island Fishing License Requirements

In Rhode Island, individuals aged 15 and older are required to possess a valid fishing license to catch or take fish from any freshwater stream or pond, with specific exceptions outlined below. Here's a comprehensive guide to Rhode Island's fishing license requirements, including fees, exceptions, and reciprocal agreements.

Obtaining a Fishing License

  • Availability: Licenses can be purchased online at RIO.RI.GOV, through authorized agents like bait and tackle shops, retail department stores, and select city and town clerk offices.

Reciprocal Agreements

  • Connecticut: Rhode Island fishing licenses are reciprocal with Connecticut for fishing in Beach Pond, Killingly Pond, Hazard Pond, and Peck Pond.
  • Massachusetts: Reciprocal agreement in place for Wallum Lake.

License Validity and Revocation

  • Expiration: Fishing licenses expire annually on the last day of February.
  • Revocation: Licenses may be revoked for violations of fishing laws.


  • Age: Minors under fifteen (15) years of age do not require a fishing license.
  • Blind Persons: Individuals who are blind are exempt from needing a fishing license.
  • Landowners and Their Families: Fishing from the property they are domiciled on does not require a license.
  • Disabled Veterans and Individuals: Those with a 100% disability rating from the armed forces or individuals who are 100% permanently disabled can obtain a free, special, permanent license.
  • Seniors: Residents over 65 years of age are eligible for a free, special, permanent license.

License Fees

  • Resident or Current Member of the Armed Forces: $21.00 online, $23.00 through a vendor.
  • Combination (Hunting & Fishing): $38.00 online, $40.00 through a vendor.
  • Non-resident: $38.00 online, $41.00 through a vendor.
  • Non-resident Tourist (3 consecutive days): $18.00 online, $21.00 through a vendor.
  • Trout Conservation Stamp (Resident and Non-resident): $5.50 online, $6.00 through a vendor.

Rhode Island Trout Conservation Stamp Guidelines

In Rhode Island, the Trout Conservation Stamp is a mandatory requirement for anglers who intend to keep or possess trout, salmon, or charr, or those fishing in designated "catch & release" or "fly fishing only" areas. Here are the essential details regarding the Trout Conservation Stamp:

Obtaining a Trout Conservation Stamp

  • Availability: The stamp can be purchased online at RIO.RI.GOV, through authorized agents like bait and tackle shops, retail stores, and some city and town clerk offices. Collector editions are available at the DEM Office of Boating Registration and Licenses.
  • Proof of Purchase: Anglers must have proof of purchase readily available to be shown upon request.


  • The Trout Conservation Stamp is valid until the last day of February each year, aligning with the fishing license expiration.


  • Age: Minors under fifteen (15) years of age are not required to have a Trout Conservation Stamp.
  • Seniors: Residents or non-residents over 65 years of age are exempt.
  • Disability: Individuals with a 100% disability rating do not need the stamp.
  • Landowners: Those fishing on their own property, where they are domiciled, are exempt.
  • Border Waters: Anglers possessing trout from lakes or ponds that border neighboring states do not require the stamp.
  • Private Ponds: Individuals catching privately-owned trout in privately-owned ponds are exempt from needing a stamp.
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