DEM stocks trout in R.I. freshwaters

DEM stocks trout in R.I. freshwaters

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will begin stocking trout in freshwaters across the state this week in advance of Columbus Day weekend – a popular time for recreational fishing.

The following waters in northern Rhode Island will be stocked with trout before Columbus Day: Round Top Ponds (Burrillville), Spring Grove Pond (Glocester), Lincoln Woods State Park’s Olney Pond, and Hope Mill Landing – Upper Pawtuxet River (Scituate).

A 2019 fishing license is required for anglers 15 years of age and older, and a Trout Conservation Stamp is also required of anyone who wishes to keep or possess a trout or fish in a catch-and-release or “fly-fishing only” area. Trout stamps are not required for those possessing trout taken from a lake or pond that shares a border with Rhode Island.

Fishing licenses can be purchased online at and online fishing licenses and Trout Conservation Stamps can also be obtained via an authorized agent. Visit the DEM website for a current list of licensed vendors.

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 free for anglers over 65 (trout stamp not required), as well as for those anglers with a 100 percent disability.

The daily creel and possession limit for trout is five until Nov. 30, and two from Dec. 1 to Feb. 29, 2020. Catch and release is encouraged for wild brook trout.

Visit for a list of designated trout waters and information of interest to anglers.