2018 Fishing Regulations and Something for Everyone at this Years' Providence Boat Show
On March 5th, Rhode Island fishing regulations will go before the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council, with official regulations expected to be announced by the second or third week of March.
See below for a look at how these regulations might shape up:
Striped Bass season is expected to be plentiful in 2018 as recruitment classes are good with many fish maturing up to the minimum of 28". In addition, Menhaden (a primary food source for Striped Bass) have been ample. It is expected that regulations for Striped Bass will remain the same for this year- one fish/one person/one day with a minimum size of 28".
Black Sea Bass predictions are similar to last year with a possible split season. Minimum size remains 15". Decisions on the harvest will be determined by ASMFC in February. Additionally, Scup is in excellent shape with a possible minimum size reduction to 9" and 8" in some RI conditional shore areas.
A few Tautog suggested regulations include: making restrictions similar to those of Massachusetts, start date 2 weeks earlier on April 1, extending until May 31st with a 3 fish/person/day bag limit. In Rhode Island the season would close during spawning season of June 1- July 31st and reopen August 1st. Through the third Saturday in October, individuals could bag up to 5 fish a day.
For anyone with some burning questions regarding fishing and regulations, you are in luck. The 2018 Providence Boat Show returns this year, February 2-4 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Exhibitors will feature new and used boats, both cruising and fishing, dinghies, paddle boards and jet skis. Find a ride range of boating necessities, equipment, electronics, gear and clothing. The Providence Boat Show is sponsored by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA). Show hours Friday, February 2nd are 12 noon to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 3rd, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday, February 4th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit www.providenceboatshow.com for details.