2012-10-25 / News

State stocks ponds with 6,000 trout

The state Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has stocked approximately 6,000 rainbow trout in several locations throughout the state this month for the freshwater fishing season.

Staff finished stocking the hatchery-raised rainbow trout this week in Silver Spring Pond in North Kingstown, Beaver River in Richmond, Wyoming Pond in Hopkinton, Wood River in Exeter, Upper Pawtuxet River in Coventry, Blackstone River in Cumberland, Round Top Ponds in Burrillville, and Stafford Pond in Tiverton. Earlier this month, trout were stocked in Meadowbrook Pond in Richmond, Carbuncle Pond in Coventry, Spring Grove Pond in Glocester, and Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods.

Trout stocking was delayed in some water bodies this fall because of elevated water temperatures and low water conditions. In addition, cyanobacteria or bluegreen algae infestations prevented the department from stocking trout in Melville Ponds in Portsmouth.

Fall is traditionally an excellent time of the year to enjoy trout fishing in

Rhode Island. According to the most recent statistics the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s, residents and tourists spend over $153 million annually in Rhode Island on trip and equipment-related expenditures for fishing activities.

A 2012 fishing license is required for anglers 15 and older wishing to catch fish. A trout 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. Fishing licenses and trout stamps can be obtained at any city or town clerk’s office.

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