RI Anglers Prep for Opening Day, April 14

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)is currently stocking some 80,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout into Rhode Island lakes, ponds and streams in preparation for the freshwater fishing season. Opening day, set for April 14, is celebrated annually by more than 40,000 anglers across the state. New this year, hatchery-raised tiger trout are being stocked at 4 of Rhode Island’s most popular fishing locations.

DEM’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is stocking hatchery-raised trout with an average weight of 1 to 1 1/2 pounds in more than 100 waterways across the state. Popular locations include Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln; Meadowbrook Pond, Richmond; Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown; Stafford Pond, Tiverton; Shippee Sawmill Pond, Foster; and Round Top Ponds, Burrillville. For the first time, hatchery-raised tiger trout are being stocked in the following ponds: Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown; Upper Melville Pond, Portsmouth; Shippee Sawmill Pond, Foster; and Barber Pond, South Kingstown. St Mary’s Pond in Portsmouth will not be stocked this year due to the Newport Water Department’s planned dam repairs. Watchaug Pond in Charlestown will not be stocked because of a boat ramp reconstruction project at the pond. Lake Tiogue in Coventry will not be stocked for Opening Day due to low water issues. It will be stocked as soon as conditions improve.

Click for a complete list of stocked waters.

Cass Pond in Woonsocket, Slater Park Pond in Pawtucket, and Ponderosa Park Pond in Little Compton will be open to young anglers only on the first weekend of the freshwater fishing season. On Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, a children’s fishing derby will be held at Pondarosa Park Pond in Little Compton.

Several other ponds are restricted year-round to children 14 years of age and younger, including:

  • Frosty Hollow Pond, Exeter
  • Geneva Brook and Pond, North Providence
  • Lloyd Kenney Pond, Hopkinton (Opening Day through Memorial Day only)
  • Lapham Pond, Burrillville
  • Seidel’s Pond, Cranston
  • Silvey’s Pond, Cumberland

A current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp are required to keep or possess a trout or to fish in a catch-and-release or fly-fishing only area.

The daily creel and possession limit for trout is 5 from April 14, 2018, through November 30, 2018, and 2 from December 1, 2018, through February 28, 2019.

The use of external felt soled or any natural or synthetic porous material capable of absorbing water in any fresh waters in Rhode Island is prohibited. This includes any waters shared with adjacent states in which Rhode Island fishing regulations apply. For more information or to purchase a license, visit www.dem.ri.gov.

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 with a 100% disability.