The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is stocking trout in freshwater ponds and streams in advance of Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 12 to 14.
These local waters are being stocked: Pawcatuck River in Bradford; Lower Shannock in the Pawcatuck River in Charlestown; Barberville Dam, Hope Valley Fishing Area, at Dow Field Ball Park, Wyoming Pond and Wood River in Hopkinton; and the Beaver River, Grantville at Route 95 underpass, Meadowbrook Pond, Woodville, Wyoming Pond and the Wood River in Richmond. Locations in Burrillville, Exeter, Glocester, Lincoln, North Kingstown, Scituate, South Kingstown and Tiverton will also be stocked. Daily updates can been seen at facebook.com/RIFishwildlife.
The announcement came with a reminder that people should limit their time outdoors until the first hard frost because of the continued threat of mosquito borne diseases. In addition, cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, poses a threat in Rhode Island lakes and ponds (there are several advisories).
A 2019 fishing license is required for anyone 15 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 trout taken from a lake or pond on the state border. Fishing licenses can be obtained at dem.ri.gov/huntfish or from authorized agents. License fees are $18 for residents and active duty military, $33 for a combination hunting and fishing license, $35 for nonresidents, and $16 for a three-day tourist license. Licenses are free for fishermen over 65 or for people with 100% disabilities.
The daily trout limit is five through Nov. 30; and two from Dec. 1 to Feb. 29. The trout limit in the Wood River between Route 165 and Barberville Dam at Arcadia Road is two through Feb. 29. Catch and release is encouraged for wild brook trout.