Trout delivered to Stafford Pond; none for Portsmouth

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The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife began stocking approximately 6,000 brown and brook trout in Tiverton and other locations throughout the state last week for the fall freshwater fishing season.

Due to elevated water temperatures, fall trout stocking was delayed this year until the beginning of October.  In addition, cyanobacteria or blue-green algae infestations prevented the department from stocking trout in Melville Ponds in Portsmouth.

The following areas have been stocked: Stafford Pond in Tiverton; Meadowbrook Pond in Richmond; Carbuncle Pond in Coventry; Olney Pond in Lincoln; Barber Pond in South Kingstown; Silver Springs in North Kingstown; Carolina Trout Pond in  Hopkinton; Big Round Top Pond in Burrillville;  Blackstone River; Wyoming Pond in Hopkinton; Pawtuxet River in Cranston and West Warwick; and the Wood River.  All areas will be stocked before Columbus Day.

Anglers and others are reminded that at this time of the year, cyanobacteria or blue-green algae may be found in Rhode Island lakes and ponds.

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