5 Best Fishing Spots in Rhode Island

5 Best Fishing Spots in Rhode Island

The very best fishing spots are the hidden gems. These destinations, from rivers in the forest to clandestine coves, offer anglers a healthy population and variety of fish. These places are often passed around by word of mouth, but we’re here to spill the secrets. Here are the five best fishing spots in Rhode Island.

1. The Wood River at the Old Stone Dam, Richmond/Hopkinton, RI

Right at the boundary of Richmond and Hopkinton, the Wood River offers great fishing spots whether you are standing on shore, kayaking, or working out of a canoe. Fishermen here typically find great trout, among other types of fish.

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2. Watchaug Pond, Charlestown, RI

Come on a dewy morning or a foggy sunset to Watchaug Pond, nestled at the edge of Burlingame State Park. Use the boat ramp to launch your boat into the water from your car, or stay on shore and fish from the rocky crags on the side. You’ll quickly fall in love with this spot. Need some gear or a boat before for your adventure? Stop in at Breachway Bait & Tackle in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Here, they have salt and freshwater fishing gear as well as apparel and kayak and canoe rentals.

3. Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park

Head out to Lincoln Woods State Park for a beautiful, wooded forest retreat that also boasts a popular fishing destination. Olney Pond consists of 126 acres of fishable space, which will give you and your fellow fishermen plenty of room to spread out. If you’re in need of some bait, Ocean State Tackle in Providence is your best bet!

4. Carbuncle Pond, Coventry, RI

The 39-acre Carbuncle Pond is located in the Nicholas Farm Management Area. This idyllic location is well-loved among anglers and has a boat launch for those looking to get out onto the water. You will find a healthy population of trout in this pond.

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5. Stafford Pond, Tiverton, RI

This 480-acre reservoir is one of the largest in Rhode Island. At the north end of the pond, fishermen will find a few sizable coves but the majority of the pond is wide open. The pond is almost two miles long and is stocked with trout several times a year.