Spring trout stocking begins in Rhode Island | Latest news
On Friday, the Department of Environmental Management began stocking ponds across Rhode Island with brook trout, rainbow and brown trout and landlocked Sebago Atlantic salmon for recreational fishing. .
The following local waters were to receive additional spring stocking of hatchery-reared trout and salmon: Pawcatuck River, Bradford / Hopkinton / Westerly; Access to the John Cronan River, Charlestown, access to Burdickville, Hopkinton / Charlestown; Access to Lower Shannock, Charlestown; Meadowbrook Pond, Richmond; Alton Pond, Richmond / Hopkinton; Wood River Route 165 checkpoint to Barberville Access and KG Ranch Road, Richmond / Hopkinton; Hope Valley Fishing Area (Dow’s Field), Hope Valley; Richmond Landing, Switch Road, Richmond; Grantville, Richmond / Hopkinton; Access to Woodville, Richmond / Hopkinton; and Wyoming Pond, Hopkinton / Richmond.
A 2021 fishing license is required for anglers 15 years of age and over. A trout conservation stamp is also required to keep or own a trout or to fish in a fly fishing area or with release only. Trout stamps are not required for people owning trout collected from a lake or pond that shares a border with Rhode Island. Fishing licenses can only be purchased online at dem.ri.gov/huntfish.
The minimum size of all species of trout or arctic char collected in state waters is 8 inches, measured from tip of snout to tip of tail. The nesting and possession limit for domestic or landlocked Atlantic salmon in state fresh waters is two fish per day and must be included in the daily limit for trout, salmon, or arctic char.
The minimum size for stocked domestic or landlocked Atlantic salmon is 11 inches. Atlantic salmon cannot be caught in the Pawcatuck River below Potter Hill Dam.
Visit dem.ri.gov/programs/fish-wildlife/freshwater-fisheries/troutwaters.phpr for a complete list of seeded waters statewide. For more information on DEM programs and regulations, visit dem.ri.gov.
– Staff of the Sun