Rhode Island Striper Fishing Professional Review and Guide
"It might sound great on paper to read that this little state has a 400-mile coastline, but that is another one of those nook-and-cranny measurements. The truth is that the Ocean State can be divided into two sections: the south shore beaches (about 20 miles), and the area related to Narragansett Bay. The beaches are pristine, and the waters off Narragansett and Newport, both rockbound shorelines without comparison for natural beauty, are said to be so clear that they are favored by divers. Sad to say, deep into Narragansett Bay, the water is severely polluted. Still, gamefish are not deterred from going inland, clear to Providence, and the bay affords some protection from sea storms.
Coastal policies are favorable to fishing, and Rhode Islanders love the natural opportunities the sea provides. Still, as has been the case in areas to the south, there is some over-possessive behavior, a lot of it (but not all) from visitors. As elsewhere, there have been battles over beach access, and courts have ruled that a landowner’s control ends at “mean high tide.” Among Rhode Island’s ever-lengthening list of scandals, there has been an expensive rights-of-way study that showed that people abutting such rights-of-way have long hidden them with a little ivy, stone, and mortar to cover and hide the public’s access to the shore."