Opening Day Fishing for RI stocked trout waters kicks off this Saturday, April 14th….. And not just for adults!
For generations of Rhode Islanders, Opening Day (no not baseball…. Fishing!) remains an outdoor tradition. Getting out at dawn and securing a place at your favorite fishing spot in anticipation of your first catch of the season. From serious anglers to the recreational fisherman, anglers of all ages will be out in full force on Opening Day!
Opening day in Rhode Island opens at 6:00AM (many arrive much earlier to prepare for that first cast) on the second Saturday in April every year and continues to midnight the last day in February. However, Beach Pond in Exeter opens according to Connecticut’s schedule which can differ.
Approximately 80,000 hatchery-raised brook, brown, and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds are being stocked in more than 100 Rhode Island ponds, lakes and streams. Many anglers are fishing off shore with others on the water. Either way, it can become a bit hectic, which is why the state of Rhode Island sets aside several Youth only fishing waters on Opening Day, making for a great outdoor family experience.
The following trout-stocked waters are restricted to fishing by people fourteen years of age and younger: Lloyd Kenney Pond in Hopkinton; Frosty Hollow Pond in Exeter; Geneva Brook & Pond in North Providence; Lapham Pond in Burrillville; Seidel’s Pond in Cranston; and Silvy’s Pond in Cumberland. The following ponds are restricted to persons fourteen years of age and younger only for the first two days of the season: Cass Pond in Woonsocket, Slater Park Pond in Pawtucket, and Ponderosa Pond in Little Compton. Fishing licenses are not required of any person under 15 years of age.
To learn more about RI Fresh Water compliance, licenses and regulations follow the link below from the RI DEM. You will also find a complete list of stocked waters including “Youth Only Opening Day” waters. RI Blogger would love for you and the family to send us a pic of the “big catch” and we will do our best to share them! Email email@example.com