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Rhode Island State Fishing Records

Rhode Island's waters are home to some remarkable fish, as evidenced by the state records held for various species. These records showcase the exceptional fishing opportunities within the state, from the coastline to inland waters. Here's a look at some of the notable state records:

  • Atlantic Mackerel: 1 lb. 1.6 oz., 14 in., November 1981, Providence - Angler: T. Rovinelli
  • Bluefin Tuna: 1,142 lbs. 12 oz., September 1971, Block Island - Angler: J. Dempsey
  • Bluefish: 26 lbs., August 1981 - Angler: D. Deziel, Woonsocket, RI
  • Bonito: 13 lbs., October 1995, Westerly - Angler: R. Gliottone, Exeter, RI
  • Chub Mackerel: 1.52 lbs., 14.75 in., July 2022, Point Judith - Angler: A. Bierly, Catawissa, PA
  • Cod: 71 lbs., June 1965 - Angler: M. Deciantis, Warwick, RI
  • False Albacore: 16.2 lbs., 32 in., September 2022, The Gully - Angler: T. Craig, Bronx, NY
  • Gray Triggerfish: 4 lbs. 8 oz., 22 in., October 2021 - Angler: G. Castonguay, Berkley, MA
  • Hickory Shad: 2 lbs. 11 oz., 20 in., November 1989, Narrow River - Angler: M. Pickering, Lincoln, RI
  • Scup: 5 lbs., 20.25 in., October 1990, Block Island - Angler: J. Yurwitz
  • Black Sea Bass: 8 lbs. 7.25 oz., 26 in., October 1981, Block Island - Angler: K. McDuffie, Pascoag, RI
  • Squeteague (Weakfish): 16 lbs. 8.72 oz., 36 in., May 2007, Greenwich Bay - Angler: R. Moeller, N. Kingstown, RI
  • Striped Bass: 77 lbs. 6.4 oz., 52 in., June 2011, Block Island - Angler: P. Vican, E. Greenwich, RI
  • Summer Flounder: 17 lbs. 8 oz., 1962, Narrow River - Angler: G. Farmer, Warwick, RI
  • Tautog: 21 lbs. 9 oz., 33 in., November 2021, Newport - Angler: P. Newman, New Milford, NJ
  • Winter Flounder: 6 lbs. 7 oz., 23 in., August 1990, Galilee - Angler: A. Pearson, Cranston, RI
  • Yellowfin Tuna: 265 lbs., 6 ft., October 1997, The Dip - Angler: R. Hughes, Arlington, MA

Anglers who believe they have caught a new state record are encouraged to bring their catch to an official weigh-in station to be weighed and measured on a digital scale. State record catches are determined annually after reviewing all data received for that year. For more information on state records and to find official weigh-in stations, visit the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's website.

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