Fishing License Information

All competitors must possess a Rhode Island Saltwater fishing license.  Licenses will be checked at the sign-in and weigh-in.  Each competitor’s license must be on board their vessel and available for spot checking at all times during the competition.

In order to fish recreationally for finfish in Rhode Island’s marine waters, saltwater anglers and spearfishers must have:

  • A RI Recreational Saltwater Fishing License
  • or
  • A National Saltwater Angler Registration
  • or
  • A recreational saltwater fishing license from a reciprocal state. Rhode Island honors recreational saltwater fishing licenses from New York, Connecticut, Massachusets, and Maine.

More information regarding the purchase and requirements of the Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing license are available at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) website: