PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has announced its second round of spring stocking in progress through May 2 at more than 40 Rhode Island freshwater fishing areas.
DEM had already stocked more than 60,000 fish in more than 100 water ways for Opening Day, so this will be a second stocking for some of those areas, the agency reported in a press announcement. The Wood River section of Rt. 165 check station to Barberville was stocked on April 14. A complete list of stocked waters can be found on DEM’s website.
Anglers who catch a golden trout through May 8 will receive a free golden trout pin. Take a picture of your catch and send it to [email protected].
A 2022 fishing license is required for anglers 15 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, persons over the age of 65, persons with 100 percent disability, persons fishing from their own domicile, and persons possessing privately owned trout caught in privately owned ponds. Fishing licenses can be purchased online on DEM’S new Rhode Island Outdoors (RIO) portal.
The fresh water fishing areas getting a second visit from DEM include:
- Ashville Pond and River, Hopkinton
- A.L. Mowry Pond, Smithfield
- Barber Pond, South Kingstown
- Breakheart Pond, Exeter
- Browning Mill Pond, Exeter
- Blackstone River, Cumberland and Lincoln
- Brushy Brook, Hopkinton
- Carbuncle Pond, Coventry
- Carolina Trout Pond, Richmond
- Chepachet River, Glocester and Burrillville
- Deep Pond, Exeter
- Falls and Flat River, Exeter and West Greenwich
- Foster Green Acres, Foster
- Frenchtown Park, East Greenwich
- Frosty Hollow Children’s Pond, Exeter
- Lloyd Kenney Children’s Pond- Hopkinton
- Harris River, Woonsocket
- Hunt River, East Greenwich and North Kingstown
- Kings Factory, Charlestown
- Meadowbrook Pond and river access, Richmond
- Moossup River, Coventry
- Melville (Upper) Pond, Portsmouth
- Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln
- Pawcatuck River (Bradford, Richmond Landing, Shannock), Hopkinton, Richmond, Charlestown, Westerly
- Pawtuxet River, North and South, Scituate, Cranston, Coventry, West Warwick
- Peck Pond, Burrillville
- Ponaganset River, Foster
- Roaring Brook, and ponds, Exeter
- Roundtop Ponds and Brook, Burrillville
- Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown
- Simmons Mill Pond, Little Compton
- Spring Grove Pond, Glocester
- Shippee Sawmill Pond, Foster
- Stafford Pond, Tiverton
- Tiverton Trout Pond, Tiverton
- Upper Rochambeau Pond, Lincoln
- Willett Pond, East Providence
- Wood River (Alton, Rt. 165 Check Station, Barberville, KG Ranch Rd., Grantville Rt. 95, Dam and Park, Woodville), Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond
- Wyoming Pond, Hopkinton and Richmond
RI Freshwater Fishing Regulations
DEM would like to remind anglers of following new Freshwater Regulations:
- The minimum size of all trout or charr species taken from the waters of the state is eight inches, measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail. This regulation applies to both wild and stocked trout species.
- The creel and possession limit for domestic or landlocked Atlantic salmon in the fresh waters of the state is two fish per day and shall be included in the daily limit for trout, salmon, or charr. The minimum size for domestic or land-locked stocked, Atlantic salmon shall be 11 inches total length. No person shall take any Atlantic salmon from the Pawcatuck River downstream of the Potter Hill Dam.
The following activities are prohibited:
- The taking of any fish in the freshwaters of the state by any means other than angling, using a hook(s) and fishing line, except for carp, suckers, and fall fish, which may be taken by snares, spears, or bow and arrow.
- The taking of any fish in the freshwaters of the state by net, seine, trawl, or similar device; except for a dip net for the landing of a fish caught by hook and line, and the taking of baitfish. Cast nets and gill nets shall be prohibited.
- The Beaver River will not be stocked with hatchery trout. It is catch-and-release only from the confluence of the Beaver River and the Pawcatuck River, located downstream of Shannock Hill Road, Richmond, upstream to the New London Turnpike, Richmond. It is designated as a “no-kill,” “catch-and-release” area. Fishing shall be permitted with artificial lures equipped with a single barbless hook or single barbed hook that has been crimped, and all fish shall be returned to the water immediately. The possession of any trout, salmon, or charr while fishing this section of the river shall be prima facie evidence that said trout, salmon, or charr was taken in violation of these rules and regulations.
- The use of external felt soled or any natural or synthetic porous material capable of absorbing water in any freshwaters in Rhode Island is strictly prohibited. This includes any waters shared with adjacent states in which Rhode Island fishing regulations apply. It is prohibited to enter or exit a state boat ramp with any vegetation attached to any type of boats, motors, boat trailers, or any other conveyance or equipment to curtail the spread of invasive aquatic plants.
- All other Freshwater Fishing Regulations apply.
A current fishing license and a trout conservation stamp are required to keep or possess a trout or salmon. The daily creel and possession limit for trout and/or salmon singly or in aggregate, is five fish from Opening Day to Dec. 1, and two fish from Dec. 1, 2022, through Feb. 28, 2023. The creel and possession limits for trout or charr taken in the Wood River between Route 165 and Barberville Dam at Arcadia Road shall be limited to two fish from the second Saturday in May through the last day of February, annually. Anglers are reminded to obey all fishing and boating regulations.
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