Anglers have Saturday dawn date with trout

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Trout season opens at sunrise (6 a.m.) this Saturday, April 13, and freshly stocked trout await in ponds throughout the Sakonnet area. Some 80,000 hatchery-raised brook, brown, and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds have been stocked by Fish & Wildlife staff in more than 100 ponds and streams. Nearby stocked ponds are: • Adamsville Brook and Pond (Tiverton, Little Compton) • Dunderry Brook (Little Compton) • Eight Rod Farm Pond (Tiverton) • Melville Ponds (Portsmouth) • Ponderosa Pond (Little Compton) • St. Mary's Pond (Portsmouth) • Simmons Mill Pond (Little Compton) • Stafford Pond (Tiverton) • Tiverton Trout Pond (Tiverton) A 2013 fishing license is required for anglers 15 years of age and older. A Trout Conservation Stamp is also required of anyone wishing to keep 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, Walmart, and Benny's. Anglers may purchase their fishing license online via www.dem.ri.gov. 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. 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. Anglers are reminded of the felt sole, fabric foot gear ban statewide on fresh waters.

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