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Providence Fishing

Providence Fishing

Providence, Rhode Island, was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious dissenter who sought refuge from persecution in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Williams named the area "Providence" as he believed that God had provided him with a safe haven. Fishing has played an important role in the history of Providence, Rhode Island since its founding in the 17th century. With a location at the head of Narragansett Bay provided access to abundant seafood, including cod, haddock, flounder, and shellfish, which were an important source of food and trade.

In the 19th century, Providence became a major center of the fishing industry, with its harbor serving as a hub for the processing, preservation, and distribution of fish caught in the waters of the North Atlantic. During this time, many immigrants from Portugal, Italy, and other countries came to Providence to work in the fishing industry, and their influence can still be seen in the culture and cuisine today. As the fishing industry declined in the mid-20th century, many of the fishing families turned to other industries such as jewelry manufacturing. Despite this decline, fishing remains an important part of Providence history and identity, and the city continues to have a thriving seafood industry that supports local restaurants and markets. Today, Providence is the capital and largest city of Rhode Island, known for its rich history, cultural diversity, and vibrant arts scene.

There are many types of fish you can catch from inshore Providence fishing, including Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, and Striped Bass. Nearshore fishing trips could produce Bluefin Tuna, Black Sea Bass, Mackerel, or Tautog. Fishing offshore of Providence can produce Cod, Haddock, and Pollock on bottom, and further off in the deep you can catch Barrelfish, Blueline Tilefish, Golden Tilefish, Swordfish, and Wreckfish. Trolling offshore in the warmer months one might catch Dolphinfish (Mahi-mahi), Wahoo, White Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna.

Providence Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Providence, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Scup

  2. Scup

    There is a 33.43% catch rate for Scup, based on 14948 Scup counted.

    Providence Scup Counts Chart


  3. Black Sea Bass

  4. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 13.76% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 6152 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Providence Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  5. Bluefish

  6. Bluefish

    There is a 9.84% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 4399 Bluefish counted.

    Providence Bluefish Counts Chart


  7. Striped Bass

  8. Striped Bass

    There is a 9.44% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 4223 Striped Bass counted.

    Providence Striped Bass Counts Chart


  9. Flounder

  10. Flounder

    There is a 8.51% catch rate for Flounder, based on 3804 Flounder counted.

    Providence Flounder Counts Chart


  11. Tautog

  12. Tautog

    There is a 3.41% catch rate for Tautog, based on 1524 Tautog counted.

    Providence Tautog Counts Chart


  13. Spot Croaker

  14. Spot Croaker

    There is a 2.73% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 1222 Spot Croaker counted.

    Providence Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  15. Atlantic Menhaden

  16. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 1.93% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 864 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

    Providence Atlantic Menhaden Counts Chart


  17. Atlantic Croaker

  18. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 1.77% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 791 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Providence Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  19. Cunner

  20. Cunner

    There is a 1.53% catch rate for Cunner, based on 684 Cunner counted.

    Providence Cunner Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 87 species of fish and 44716 fish counted for June around Providence.

To date, there are 142 species of fish and a total of 410105 fish counted for Providence and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/3/1700 (323 years).

Last Update: 6/8/2023 12:25:55 PM

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.

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Top Providence Fishing Spots

The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Providence are the following:

  1. wreck-6282

  2. Hilton Head Reef Barge

  3. wreck-6278

  4. wreck-6357

  5. wreck-6322

  6. Nebraska Shoal

  7. Boat Ramp

  8. Cormorant Reef No 1

  9. wreck-3063

  10. Bluefish9

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Latest Providence Fishing Reports

  • Photo of the Day- Hot Striper Action Continues
      The hot striper fishing from the kayak  continues with good numbers again today. Most of today's fish were hefty schoolies and all were caught on an unweighted Zoom fluke t

  • Very Hot Week of Striper Fishing from the Yak
    I've got my hand in the jaw of a slot  striper that took my Jumpin' Minnow fished from the kayak. Kayak fishing for stripers has been red hot for me  this week.  The last thr

  • As Big as they Get!
      They just don't get much bigger than this alligator blue landed  from the kayak today. You have to look around to find them.  Most likely they are around schools of large b

  • Photo of the Week- A Spectacular Fight
      Not a tarpon but certainly fights like one! The hard fighting blues have put on a show in recent weeks!

  • Epic Bluefish Action from the Yak
    They have been huge and they have been plentiful.  In the last week I have experienced some of the very best bluefish action I have ever encountered.  These blues are some of

  • Holiday Weekend Outlook: Slots Schoolies Blues
      Big blues are showing up in both the Bay and along the oceanfront. They are generally where the bait is. Memorial Day weekend is almost here and I suspect a lot of fisherme

  • Photo of the Day.....This Morning's Slot
      It was another good outing fishing from the kayak. This slot fish fell for a Super  Fluke twitched on top

  • Good Fishing From the Kayak
      It was good numbers of hefty schoolies and small slots from the  kayak this evening.  The hot lure was an unweighted Zoom fluke  twitched on top. I've been out in the kayak

  • Finally A Big Night at the Oceanfront
    I was a night of abundant schoolie along the oceanfront.  The hot lure was the Cocahoe.  For me the Bay has been the hotspot for striper fishing this spring though I have cau

  • Newsflash- Striper Regulations About to Change
      On May 2 2023 the  Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission  (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board (Board) voted to take emergency action to implement a 1 fish  at  28 ″

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Top Providence Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Beavertail Rod And Reel

  2. Acme Tackle Co Inc

  3. Lucky Bait and Tackle

  4. Oceanstate Tackle
    Ocean State Tackle RI's source for bait and tackle. Voted best Fishing Gear in RI by RI Monthly Magazine. RI's largest St Croix Rod and Okuma reel dealer. Late Night Bait and Tackle

  5. Gibbs Lures Inc

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Top Providence Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Captain Sheriff's Fishing Charters
    From the novice angler, to the experienced fisherman seeking big game species, Rhode Island has it all and fishing RI with CAPTAIN SHERIFF’S FISHING CHARTERS is the ticket to that experience. Whether in the calm protected waters of Narragansett Bay,

  2. Cast a Fly Charters

  3. On The Rocks Charters
    Fly fishing and light tackle fishing, located in RI fish from Newport to Block Island.

  4. East Coast Charters (Sport Fishing)
    We specialize in light tackle fishing with artificals for huge fish as well as Extreme Japanese style Jig and Pop. We do not troll wire, its not our style. We will utilize natural baits, like live-lining baitfish in shallow water or rigging cutbaits

  5. Patterson Guide Service
    The goal of Patterson Guide Service is to provide you with a Narragansett Bay & Rhode Island Sound fishing adventure you will never forget! I take the necessary steps to ensure that every trip is enjoyable, educational and of course, full of act

  6. Sea Hawk Charter Inc

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