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 www.dem.ri.gov/huntfish 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 www.dem.ri.gov for a list of designated trout waters and information of interest to anglers.