PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has begun stocking five ponds across Rhode Island this week with golden rainbow trout before Memorial Day weekend – a popular time for recreational fishing. These trout are a color variation of a rainbow trout and provide an exciting angling experience.

Today and tomorrow, DEM’s Freshwater and Diadromous Fisheries team are stocking hatchery-raised golden rainbow trout in the following freshwaters:

• Carbuncle Pond, Coventry • Carolina Trout Pond, Richmond • Meadowbrook Pond, Richmond • Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln • Silver Spring Pond, North Kingstown

In addition, rainbow trout will be float stocked in the Wood River from the Route 165 check station to Wyoming Pond tomorrow, Thursday, May 23.

A current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp are required to keep or possess a trout. The daily creel and possession limit for trout and/or salmon is five, of which only two can be salmon, from April 13, 2019, through November 30, 2019; and two trout and/or salmon, of which two can be salmon, from December 1, 2019, to February 29, 2020. The creel /possession limit for trout taken in the Wood River between Rt. 165 and Barberville Dam at Arcadia Road is two from Saturday, May 11, 2019, through February 29, 2020. The daily creel limit for landlocked Atlantic salmon is two fish per day, statewide, until February 29, 2020; this limit must be part of the overall five-fish limit for trout and salmon. Information about stocked freshwaters, size, and creel limits for all freshwater fish species is available in the 2019 Freshwater Fishing Abstract, or by calling DEM’s Great Swamp Field Office at 789-0281, or the Aquatic Resource Education office at 539-0037.

To prevent the spread of invasive

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