DEM Replenishment of 40 freshwater lakes and ponds
Thursday, April 21, 2022
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The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that the second cycle of spring sowing will take place from Tuesday April 19 to May 2. Over 40 freshwater areas will be replenished, after DEM stocked over 60,000 fish in over 100 waterways for this year. Opening day.
The fresh waters are:
Ashville Pond and River, Hopkinton
AL Mowry Pond, Smithfield
Barber Pond, South Kingstown
Breakheart Pond, Exeter
Browning Mill Pond, Exeter
Blackstone, Cumberland and Lincoln River
Brushy Creek, Hopkinton
Carbuncle Pond, Coventry
Carolina Trout Pond, Richmond
River Chepachet, Gloucester 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
River Moossup, Coventry
Melville’s Pond (Upper), Portsmouth
Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln
Pawcatuck River (Bradford, Richmond Landing, Shannock), Hopkinton, Richmond, Charlestown, Westerly
River Pawtuxet, North and South, Scituate, Cranston, Coventry, West Warwick
Peck Pond, Burrillville
Ponaganset River, Foster
Roaring Stream and Ponds, Exeter
Roundtop Ponds and Creek, Burrillville
Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown
Simmons Mill Pond, Little Compton
Spring Grove Pond, Gloucester
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
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The Wood River section of Rt. Control Station 165 in Barberville was supplied on April 14. A complete list of waters supplied can be found on our website.
Anglers who catch a golden trout from April 9 through May 8 will receive a free golden trout pin. Take a photo of your catch and send it to [email protected]
Daily updates on stocking locations can be found on DEM Facebook, DEM Fish and Wildlife Division Facebook, and by calling the DEM Fish and Wildlife Division main office at 401-789-0281.
A 2022 fishing license is required for anglers 15 and older. A Trout Conservation Stamp is also required for anyone wishing to keep or possess trout or fish in a catch-and-release or “fly-fishing only” area. Trout stamps are not required for people with trout caught in a lake or pond that shares a border with Rhode Island, people over 65, people with 100% disabilities, people fishing from from their own homes and people with private trout caught in private ponds. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at DEM’s new Rhode Island Outdoors (RIO) portal.
New fresh water regulations:
· The minimum size for all species of trout or Arctic char taken from state waters is eight inches, measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail. This regulation applies to wild and farmed trout species.
· The net 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 domestic or landlocked Atlantic salmon must be 11 inches in total length. No person shall take Atlantic salmon from the Pawcatuck River below Potter Hill Dam.
The following activities are prohibited:
The taking of any fish in the fresh waters of the State by any means other than angling, using hooks and fishing line, except carp, suckers and drop fish, which can be caught by snares, spears, or a bow and arrow.
· The taking of any fish in the fresh waters of the State by net, seine net, trawl or similar device; with the exception of a dip net for landing fish caught with a hook and line and taking bait. Cast nets and gillnets are prohibited.
· The Beaver River will not be stocked with hatchery trout. This is a catch and release service only from the confluence of the River Beaver and the River Pawcatuck, located downstream from Shannock Hill Road, Richmond, upstream from the New London Turnpike, in Richmond. It is designated as a “no-kill”, “catch-and-release” zone. Fishing is permitted with artificial lures fitted with a single barbless hook or a single crimped barbed hook, and all fish must be released immediately. Possession of any trout, salmon or arctic char while fishing in this section of the river will constitute prima facie evidence that said trout, salmon or arctic char was caught in violation of these rules and regulations.
· The use of felt outsoles or any natural or synthetic porous material capable of absorbing water from Rhode Island fresh waters is strictly prohibited. This includes all waters shared with adjacent states where Rhode Island fishing regulations apply. It is prohibited to enter or exit a public boat launch with vegetation attached to any type of boat, motor, boat trailer or any other means of transport or equipment to curb the spread of plants aquatic invasive.
· All other freshwater fishing regulations apply.
A valid fishing license and trout conservation stamp are required to keep or possess trout or salmon. The daily trap and possession limit for trout and/or salmon, individually or in groups, is five fish from opening day to December 1 and two fish from December 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023. and possession for trout or Arctic char caught in the Wood River between Highway 165 and the Barberville Dam at Arcadia Road is limited to two fish from the second Saturday in May to the last day of February each year. Anglers are reminded to observe all fishing and boating regulations.