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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. Spotted Seatrout

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 34.31% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 70 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Providence Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE PROVIDENCE SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  3. Alewife

  4. Alewife

    There is a 13.24% catch rate for Alewife, based on 27 Alewife counted.

    Providence Alewife Counts Chart
    Alewife

    ENLARGE PROVIDENCE ALEWIFE COUNTS CHART


  5. Striped Bass

  6. Striped Bass

    There is a 7.84% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 16 Striped Bass counted.

    Providence Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE PROVIDENCE STRIPED BASS COUNTS CHART


  7. Crevalle Jack

  8. Crevalle Jack

    There is a 5.88% catch rate for Crevalle Jack, based on 12 Crevalle Jack counted.

    Providence Crevalle Jack Counts Chart
    Crevalle

    ENLARGE PROVIDENCE CREVALLE JACK COUNTS CHART


  9. Red Drum

  10. Red Drum

    There is a 5.88% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 12 Red Drum counted.

    Providence Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE PROVIDENCE RED DRUM COUNTS CHART


  11. Sheepshead

  12. Sheepshead

    There is a 5.39% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 11 Sheepshead counted.

    Providence Sheepshead Counts Chart
    Sheepshead

    ENLARGE PROVIDENCE SHEEPSHEAD COUNTS CHART


  13. Yellowtail Snapper

  14. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 4.41% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 9 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Providence Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart
    Yellowtail

    ENLARGE PROVIDENCE YELLOWTAIL SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  15. Largemouth Bass

  16. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 3.43% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 7 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Providence Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

    ENLARGE PROVIDENCE LARGEMOUTH BASS COUNTS CHART


  17. Gray Snapper

  18. Gray Snapper

    There is a 1.96% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 4 Gray Snapper counted.

    Providence Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

    ENLARGE PROVIDENCE GRAY SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  19. Snook

  20. Snook

    There is a 1.96% catch rate for Snook, based on 4 Snook counted.

    Providence Snook Counts Chart
    Snook

    ENLARGE PROVIDENCE SNOOK COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 29 species of fish and 204 fish counted for February around Providence.

To date, there are 148 species of fish and a total of 455695 fish counted for Providence and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/3/1700 (324 years).

Last Update: 2/23/2024 7:22:52 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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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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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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. 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

  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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