Block Island Sound
Block Island Sound is a strait in the open Atlantic, approximately 10 miles (16 km) wide, separating Block Island from the coast of Rhode Island in the United States. Geographically, it is the eastward extension of Long Island Sound, as well as the westward extension of Rhode Island Sound.
Saltwater fishing is a leading sport in Rhode Island, with giant bluefin tuna, marlin and swordfish the prized catches. Striped bass a local favorite. The Ocean State offers in-shore surf and rock casting, bottom fishing in protected bay and shoreline areas, in addition to exciting off-shore game fishing.
From shore or boat, Rhode Island is a fisherman's paradise. The diversity and abundance of game fish found in Rhode Island waters, combined with the ease of accessibility of our shoreline provides angling excitement throughout the year!
Bluefish and Striped Bass are the most common sport fish, both inshore and offshore. The bluefish, considered by many to be the finest fighting fish in the Atlantic, can be caught May through November. These voracious feeders average 4 to 6 pounds, with 11 to 15 pounders not uncommon, especially in the fall. Equally revered is the striped bass. Found all along our shores, particularly in rocky areas and in estuaries, salt ponds and rivers, this fighter can reach up to 65 pounds, with many 40 pounders caught annually.
For offshore action, anglers can pursue several species of tuna, shark, and cod. Also, prized billfish such as white and blue marlin and swordfish are caught annually. What makes Rhode Island offshore fishing so good is its relative closeness to the canyon fishing on the fertile Continental Shelf, allowing more time for fishing and less time spent traveling.
From beginners in the sport, to experts seeking big game species, or to ultra-light tackle and fly rod enthusiasts looking for world records - Rhode Island has it all! Whether in the tranquil waters of Narragansett Bay, in the surf of Block Island Sound, or in the deep Atlantic, anglers will find year round pleasure in the abundant saltwaters of the Ocean State.
Bays, rocks, ledges, reefs.