The Rhode Island Division of Fish & Wildlife has announced that the 2014 Opening Day of trout season will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12.
In preparation, approximately 80,000 hatchery-raised brook, brown and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of 1.5 pounds are being stocked in more than 100 ponds and streams. Several of these areas will be stocked during the second and third spring stocking as well.
During the first 2 days of the fishing season, Cass Pond in Woonsocket, Slater Park Pond in Pawtucket, and Ponderosa Park Pond in Little Compton will be open to children-only. These locations are in addition to the 6 ponds that are restricted to children 14 years of age and younger. Also, special “Opening Day” fishing derbies will be held for children on April 12 at Cass Pond, Slater Park Pond and Ponderosa Pond.
A 2014 fishing license is required for anglers 15 years or older. A Trout Conservation Stamp is also required of anyone wishing to keep or possess a trout or fish in a catch-and-release or fly-fishing only area. Fishing licenses and the Trout Conservation Stamp ($5.50) can be purchased online at RI Division of Fish and Wildlife website.
Licenses are also available at any city or town clerk’s office or authorized bait and tackle shops, Walmart and Benny’s.
A list of stocked ponds and other information of interest to anglers can be found at the DEM’s website here.