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Block Island Fishing

Block Island Fishing

Block Island, named after the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block in 1614, is an island off the state of Rhode Island. During the end of the last ice age, receding glaciers formed this island. Block Island fishing has a long history here, beginning with the Niantic people fishing for sustenance. Two historic lighthouses are on the island, both Block Island North Light and Block Island Southeast Light guide ships away from the rocky coastline. With lots of rocky bottom, reefs, and shipwrecks around the area, Block Island fishing is worth checking out.

Bodies of water you can fish from Block Island include the Block Island Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Salt Pond. Block Island fishing from the shore delivers bluefish, Cod, Cunner, Mackerel, Spiny Dogfish, Striped Bass and Flounder. Fly fishing and surfcasting are popular activities on the sandy beaches and along the rocky coastline. Offshore, you will find opportunities to catch Black Sea Bass, Tautog, and Sharks, Tuna can also be found nearshore and offshore much of the year.

An astounding 1,142-pound, 12-ounce Bluefin Tuna was caught at Block Island in 1981. It holds the Rhode Island state record for this species. Other record Rhode Island catches from Block Island include a 77-pound, 6.4-ounce Striped Bass; a 2,909-pound Shark and a 14-pound, seven-ounce Green Bonito.

Top Block Island Fishing Spots

  1. U-853 Wreck
    5/7/2011 12:18:23 AM - German submarine U-853 was a German Type IXC/40 U-boat of the Kriegsmarine during World War II. Her keel was laid down on 21 August 1942 by AG Weser of Bremen. She was commi

  2. Shagwong Reef
    1/21/2016 1:29:28 PM - Shagwong Reef

  3. Washington Shoal
    1/21/2016 1:27:03 PM - Washington Shoal

  4. wreck_2868
    8/2/2015 10:27:17 PM -

  5. Fairway Buoy off Block Island
    5/19/2018 11:06:33 AM -

  6. wreck-6282
    2/20/2020 2:26:12 PM -

  7. Hilton Head Reef Barge
    9/30/2018 12:20:02 AM -

  8. Block Island Wind Farm
    3/7/2021 2:31:28 PM - Block Island Wind Farm is the first commercial offshore wind farm in the United States located 3.8 miles (6.1 km) from Block Island, Rhode Island in the Atlantic Ocean. The

  9. wreck-6278
    4/12/2019 11:47:29 AM -

  10. Shagwong Reef
    5/19/2018 11:06:36 AM -

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Block Island Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Block Island, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Silver Hake

  2. Silver Hake

    There is a 35.66% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 2600 Silver Hake counted.

    Block Island Silver Hake Counts Chart


  3. Atlantic Mackerel

  4. Atlantic Mackerel

    There is a 26.33% catch rate for Atlantic Mackerel, based on 1920 Atlantic Mackerel counted.

    Block Island Atlantic Mackerel Counts Chart


  5. Atlantic Herring

  6. Atlantic Herring

    There is a 24.43% catch rate for Atlantic Herring, based on 1781 Atlantic Herring counted.

    Block Island Atlantic Herring Counts Chart


  7. Spiny Dogfish

  8. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 10.37% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 756 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Block Island Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart


  9. Spotted Seatrout

  10. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 0.75% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 55 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Block Island Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  11. Flounder

  12. Flounder

    There is a 0.67% catch rate for Flounder, based on 49 Flounder counted.

    Block Island Flounder Counts Chart


  13. American Shad

  14. American Shad

    There is a 0.49% catch rate for American Shad, based on 36 American Shad counted.

    Block Island American Shad Counts Chart


  15. White Grunt

  16. White Grunt

    There is a 0.27% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 20 White Grunt counted.

    Block Island White Grunt Counts Chart


  17. Bank Sea Bass

  18. Bank Sea Bass

    There is a 0.25% catch rate for Bank Sea Bass, based on 18 Bank Sea Bass counted.

    Block Island Bank Sea Bass Counts Chart


  19. Pinfish

  20. Pinfish

    There is a 0.18% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 13 Pinfish counted.

    Block Island Pinfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 21 species of fish and 7291 fish counted for February around Block Island.

To date, there are 135 species of fish and a total of 1479855 fish counted for Block Island and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1874 (149 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 2:34:46 AM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

View full Block Island Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Block Island Fishing Reports

  • Next Seminar Stop.....Springfield Sportsmen's Show....Feb. 25
    2/4/2023 10:43:00 AM -   My next stop on my 2023 seminar tour is the Springfield Sportsmen's Show on Saturday   Feb. 25.  As of this date I do not know my times.  You would have to check the websit

  • First One for 2023!
    1/19/2023 8:25:00 PM - Today I landed my first striper for 2023.  It hit a Cocahoe on a jighead.  Don't get too excited.  Yes I did land my first striper of 2023. But it was a holdover.  The first

    1/11/2023 6:06:00 PM -   In a couple of weeks I begin doing my winter seminars at many of the big outdoor shows in New England. My first show will be the New England Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Box

  • Sat Dec 31 – Happy New Year!
    12/31/2022 11:03:35 AM - Happy New Year from the Viking Fleet! The entire crew of the Viking Fleet would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you in 2023!! We do not curre

  • Fri Dec 30 – Schedule Update
    12/30/2022 9:39:37 AM - The Block Island Mixed Bag trip is CANCELLED for Saturday December 31. Captain Dave and crew would like to thank everyone who came out and fished with us this year and we look

  • Thurs Dec 29 – Schedule Update
    12/29/2022 10:16:34 AM - CURRENT SAILING SCHEDULE FROM THE VIKING FLEET! We look forward to seeing you for our final trips of the season Friday December 30 through Saturday December 31st at 5am for Bl

  • Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my Loyal Readers
    12/25/2022 1:03:00 PM -   A rainbow forms along RI Sound. For the most part we found a pot of gold at the end of  the rainbow that brought outstanding fishing in 2022.

  • Grading the 2022 Season
    12/22/2022 8:22:00 PM -   It was a phenomenal year for big  stripers from shore and kayak. Overall 2022 was one of the best saltwater fishing seasons ever here in RI.  Striper fishing overall was fa

  • Thurs Dec 22 – Block Island Mixed Bag
    12/22/2022 3:48:57 PM - Capt Dave reports a slow day on the Viking Starship. We had good fishing on an offshore deep wreck with Porgies Sea Bass and Cod but the inshore fishing was not that productiv

  • Wed Dec 21 – Block Island Fall Jumbo Porgies & Knothead Sea Bass
    12/21/2022 5:05:13 PM - Capt Dave reports an okay day on the Viking Starship. It was a tough go inshore so we headed to the deeper water and fished two wrecks which turned out pretty good. Everyone m

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Top Block Island Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Breachway Bait & Tackle
    We offer salt & fresh water tackle, kayak, canoe, and paddle board rental. Frozen and live bait, propane, & ice. Please stop in and check us out. Fish on!

  2. Galilee Bait and Tackle
    Full service saltwater bait & taclke, custom rods & rods repairs, fly fishing supplies kayak fishing charters.

  3. Snug Harbor Marina
    ONE STOP SALTWATER FISHING SHOP Shop is OPEN.401-783-7766. Inshore+offshore fishing tackle&bait. Valvtect Marine Gas & Diesel.

  4. Block Island Fishworks
    We are the Block Island headquarters for everything fishing - light tackle, fly fishing, surf casting & offshore. Fishing charters and guide services. Kayak and paddle board rentals available. Friendly knowledgeable staff.

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Top Block Island Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Aces Wild Fishing Charters
    Aces Wild is a Rhode Island Fishing charter boat that can accommodate 6 people. We can be chartered for 1/2 day or full day Charters. We fish for all species, including striped bass, tautog, bluefish, sea bass, and much more!

  2. C-Devil II Sportfishing Inc.
    Come fish aboard the C-Devil II or Lil’ Devil. We are dedicated to providing our clients with a first class fishing service. Bring your family, friends or business associates for a memorable day of fishing. We are full time fisherman. Rhode Island F

  3. Jackhammer Fishing Charters

  4. Block Island Sport Fishing Charters

  5. Adventure Rhode Island Fishing Charters

  6. Drifter Charters
    he original Drifter is one of the top Striper fishing charter boats in RI. The Drifter is a 37’ custom built sport fisherman designed and built for your safety and comfort. This premiere RI striped bass charter boat is powered with a 460 h.p turbo ch

  7. L'il Toot Charters Inc.
    For the thrill and excitement of Salt Water Fishing at its best. We have been taking people out on the water for a great day of fishing in comfort for 33 yrs.

  8. Reel to Reel Sportfishing
    At Reel to Reel Sportfishing Charters we offer Rhode Island fishing charters and deep sea fishing at it's finest. Fluke to tuna. We offer our fishing charters some of the best striped bass fishing in the world.Our location is the closest port to

  9. Snowfly Block Island Fishing Charters

  10. Miller Time Sportfishing Charters

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Top Block Island Marinas

  1. Snug Harbor Marina
    ONE STOP SALTWATER FISHING SHOP Shop is OPEN.401-783-7766. Inshore+offshore fishing tackle&bait. Valvtect Marine Gas & Diesel.

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