Freshwater fishing season begins April 10
The 2010 trout and general freshwater fishing season will begin at 6 a.m. this Saturday, April 10. More than 20,000 anglers are expected to turn out at dawn on opening day.
A 2010 fishing license is required for anglers 15 years of age and older wishing to catch fish. 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.
Both fishing licenses and Trout Conservation Stamps can be obtained at any city or town clerk’s office or authorized agent, such as bait and tackle shops and Benny’s.
As an added convenience, anglers may purchase their fishing license online via www.ri.gov.
License fees remain at $18 for R.I. 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 threeconsecutive day license.
Anglers over 65 must have a license, which for them is free, but they do not need a trout stamp. The license is also free for anyone with a 100% disability.
A list of stocked ponds and other information of interest to anglers can be found on at www.dem.ri.gov.