Freshwater fishing season opens at dawn Saturday
The 2013 freshwater fishing season will begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. More than 20,000 anglers are expected to turn out at dawn on opening day. Approximately 80,000 hatchery-raised brook, brown and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of 1 1/2 pounds are being stocked by the state Department of Environment Management in more than 100 ponds and streams across the state.
A fishing license is required for anglers 15 years old and up wishing to catch fish. A trout stamp is also required for fishermen who plan to keep trout or fish in a catch-and-release or fly-fishing area. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are available at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall.
License fees remain at $18 for Rhode Island residents and current members of the military, $33 for a combination hunting and fishing license, $35 for nonresidents, and $16 for a tourist threeconsecutive day license. Anglers over 65 must have a license, which for them is free, but do not need a trout stamp. The license is also free for anyone with a 100 percent disability. Trout stamps are $5.50.