With more than 20,000 anglers out at dawn on opening day, last Saturday April 13, it’s a good thing that approximately 80,000 hatchery- raised brook, brown, and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds were stocked by DEM staff in more than 100 ponds and streams. Popular ponds stocked by DEM prior to opening day include: Barber Pond, South Kingstown; Carbuncle Pond, Coventry; Chickasheen Brook, South Kingstown; Frenchtown Park Pond, East Greenwich; Hunt River, East Greenwich and No. Kingstown; Meshanticut Brook, Cranston; Moosup River, Coventry; Pawcatuck River in several towns; Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown; Tiogue Lake, Coventry; Eight Rod Farm Pond, Tiverton; and Saint Mary’s Pond, Tiverton. Other popular trout ponds include Willett Pond, East Providence and Simmons Mill Pond in Little Compton.
Where to get a fresh water license and trout stamp
A 2013 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. Fishing licenses and the Trout Conservation Stamp ($5.50) can be obtained at any city or town clerk’s office or authorized agent such as bait and tackle shops, Wal-Mart and Benny’s. A current list of license vendors is available on the DEM website, www.dem.ri.gov. Licenses may also be purchase online or obtained at DEM’s Boat Registration and Licensing Office located at 235 Promenade Street in Providence.
License fees remain at $18 for Rhode Island 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 three-consecutive-day license. Anglers over 65 must have a license, which for them is free, but do not need a trout stamp.
Where’s the bite
Craig Castro of Erickson Brothers Bait & Tackle, said that river herring have been in Little Gorton’s Pond in Warwick behind his shop for about two weeks. Hopefully this bodes well for striped bass fishing this fall too.
Cod fishing was off this weekend but captains hope it improves as dirty water clears and settles down. Crowds are expected to be small and the weather is getting warmer, so now may be the time to give it try. Good bets for cod fishing include the Seven B’s at www.sevenbs.com and the Francis Fleet at HYPERLINK www.francesfleet.com both out of Galilee Rhode Island.
Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing on Narragansett Bay for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and a member of the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Visit Captain Dave’s No Fluke website at www.noflukefishing.com; his blog at www.noflukefishing.blogspot.com
or e-mail him at email@example.com.