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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 43.26% catch rate for Scup, based on 27754 Scup counted.

    Providence Scup Counts Chart


  3. Black Sea Bass

  4. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 10.07% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 6461 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Providence Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  5. Flounder

  6. Flounder

    There is a 9.32% catch rate for Flounder, based on 5979 Flounder counted.

    Providence Flounder Counts Chart


  7. Bluefish

  8. Bluefish

    There is a 7.7% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 4937 Bluefish counted.

    Providence Bluefish Counts Chart


  9. Striped Bass

  10. Striped Bass

    There is a 6.1% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 3910 Striped Bass counted.

    Providence Striped Bass Counts Chart


  11. Atlantic Mackerel

  12. Atlantic Mackerel

    There is a 5.23% catch rate for Atlantic Mackerel, based on 3352 Atlantic Mackerel counted.

    Providence Atlantic Mackerel Counts Chart


  13. Tautog

  14. Tautog

    There is a 2.46% catch rate for Tautog, based on 1578 Tautog counted.

    Providence Tautog Counts Chart


  15. Spot Croaker

  16. Spot Croaker

    There is a 2.44% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 1566 Spot Croaker counted.

    Providence Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  17. Atlantic Croaker

  18. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 1.6% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 1027 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Providence Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  19. Cunner

  20. Cunner

    There is a 1.39% catch rate for Cunner, based on 890 Cunner counted.

    Providence Cunner Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 109 species of fish and 64150 fish counted for July around Providence.

To date, there are 148 species of fish and a total of 455697 fish counted for Providence and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/3/1700 (324 years).

Last Update: 7/5/2024 9:07:16 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

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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. Bluefish9

  10. wreck-3063

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Latest Providence Fishing Reports

  • Not Good
     Many people will be on vacation in the next week and many will want to fish for stripers. If you are planning to fish from shore the outlook is fair to poor.  From a boat yo

  • Storminess Turns 'Em On!
      Here's a slot coming ashore in the suds. The shore fishing lit up for me last  night in some rough water. I had yesterday circled on my calendar for the last week.  I knew

  • As Poor as it Gets Right Now
     Striper fishing went from a fabulous April to a mediocre May to an incredibly poor June. I have never seen it this bad at this time of year from shore along the oceanfront a

  • June Moon Disappoints; No Bait No Fish!
      This striper took a small Slug-go fished from the kayak this week. Since that last post I wrote fishing has really taken a dive along both the oceanfront and the Bay. We ha

  • Firing on All Cylinders
      Here is one of many fish landed last evening on a Zoom Fluke fished off a small jighead a great choice when the stripers are on small bait. We are back to hot fishing.  May

  • Gansett Bay Fishing Takes A Dive
      Here is a slot I landed last evening on a Jumpin Minnow. The action has cooled in the last week for boaters and shore fishermen in Narragansett Bay. Fishing has cooled off

  • Blue Dogs Running
    They were around tonight in good numbers and most of them were BIG. The hot plug was the DOC. They were smashing away at this!

  • Slots Over Slots in Abundance; Some Blues
      I landed this slot from the kayak this evening. Slots and over slots are in abundance right now especially in Gansett Bay. The good times are rolling especially if you are

  • A Game Changer
     I landed very good numbers of stripers of all sizes from both the kayak and from shore this week.  The common theme here was what I was using.   I've written many times (and

  • A Monster from the Yak
     I'm back to fishing from the kayak when I have the right conditions and tides in the places I want to fish.  Tonight I went out and found good numbers of big fish- slots and

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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. 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

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

  5. 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

  6. Sea Hawk Charter Inc

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