Fishing season begins Saturday

Fishing season begins Saturday

Ponds, rivers across state stocked with 80,000 trout

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently announced it is stocking 80,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout into Rhode Island ponds and streams in preparation for the freshwater fishing season.

Opening day is Saturday, April 14, and will be celebrated by an estimated 40,000 or more anglers across the state. New this year will be hatchery-raised tiger trout, which are being stocked at four of the state’s most popular fishing locations: Silver Spring Lake in North Kingstown, Upper Melville Pond in Portsmouth, Shippee Sawmill Pond in Foster, and Barber Pond in South Kingstown. These beautiful and aggressive tiger trout are a hybrid of a brown and brook trout and provide an exciting angling experience.

“I hope anglers of all ages will reconnect with the outdoors and head out to a favorite fishing spot on Opening Day to experience the thrill of reeling in the first trout of the season,” said DEM director Janet Coit. “After the long and cold winter we’ve had, nothing could be more fun than joining the generations of Rhode Islanders who get out at the crack of dawn on Opening Day in search of the beautiful trout raised in DEM’s hatcheries.”

Cass Pond in Woonsocket and Slater Park Pond in Pawtucket will be open to young anglers only this weekend. The Woonsocket Parks & Recreation Department and Woonsocket Elks will also hold their 7th annual Ernest A. Carignan Jr. Memorial Fishing Derby for children ages 12 and younger at Cass Pond on Saturday at 6 a.m. Registrations will be held the next two days at Pete’s Bait & Tackle on 341 Burnside Ave. and at Cass Park on the morning of the derby.

The Scituate Recreation Department will also host its annual youth fishing derby for children ages 15 and younger on Saturday at Hope Pond. Measurements will begin at 8 a.m. To register, call the Town Hall at 401-647-2822.

Among the ponds that are restricted year-round to children ages 14 and younger are Silvy’s Pond in Cumberland, Geneva Brook and Pond in North Providence, and Lapham Pond in Burrillville.

The other designated trout waters in northern Rhode Island that will be stocked are Blackstone River in Cumberland/Lincoln; Abbotts Run Brook in Cumberland; and Adrich Brook (Butterfly Pond), Lincoln Woods State Park, Olney Pond, Upper Rochambeau Pond, and Memorial Park Pond in Lincoln; and Geneva Brook & Pond in North Providence.

Also Harris River and Sylvester’s Pond in Woonsocket; Tarkiln Pond in North Smithfield; Chepachet River; Mowry A.L. Pond and Woonasquatucket River in Smithfield, Peeptoad Brook and Spring Grove Pond in Glocester, Dexter Pond and Pawtuxet River (Hope Mill Dam) in Scituate, Dolly Cole Brook, Hopkins Mill Pond, Ponaganset River, Shippee Sawmill Pond, Winsor Brook, and Foster Green Acres Pond in Foster, and Branch River, Wallum Lake, Clear River, Peck Pond, Round Top Ponds, and Lapham Pond in Burrillville.

A current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp are required to keep or possess a trout or fish in a catch-and-release or “fly-fishing only” area. The daily creel and possession limit for trout is five from Saturday through Nov. 30, and two from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, 2019.

License fees are $18 for Rhode Island residents and current members of the Armed Forces, $33 for a combination hunting and fishing license, $35 for non-residents, and $16 for a tourist three-consecutive-day license. Licenses are also free for anglers over 65 (trout stamp not required), as well as for those with a 100-percent disability.

Visit www.dem.ri.gov to purchase a license, for a complete list of stocked waters, or for more information.