RI Stocking Trout This Week

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will be stocking 2,000 hatchery-raised trout in four ponds across Rhode Island in advance of Thanksgiving weekend.

The following waters will be stocked with 1- to 1 1/4-pound rainbow and brook trout:

  • Lincoln – Olney Pond (Lincoln Woods State Park)
  • Richmond – Meadowbrook Pond
  • Tiverton – Stafford Pond

The following waters will be stocked with trophy-sized brown trout:

  • Coventry – Carbuncle Pond

Winter trout stocking will be conducted in January 2019.

A 2018 fishing license is required for anglers 15 years of age and older. A Trout Conservation Stamp is also required of anyone wishing to keep or possess a trout or to fish in a catch-and-release or ‘fly-fishing only’ area. Trout Stamps are not required for persons possessing trout taken from a lake or pond that shares a border with Rhode Island. Fishing licenses can only be purchased online at www.dem.ri.gov/huntfish. Online fishing licenses and the Trout Conservation Stamp can also be obtained via an authorized agent. Visit the DEM website for a current list of licensed vendors. Anglers are encouraged to check the list prior to visiting a vendor to purchase a license.

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-percent disability.

The daily creel and possession limit for trout is five from April 14, 2018, through November 30, 2018; and two from December 1, 2018, to February 28, 2019.