More than 20,000 anglers are expected to turn out at dawn on opening day throughout the state, according to the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish & Wildlife.
Approximately 80,000 hatchery raised brook, brown and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds are being stocked by division staff in more than 100 ponds and streams for opening day.
Trout-Stocked Waters Nearby
- Coventry: Bucks Horn Brook, Carbuncle Pond, Moosup River, Pawtuxet River (Anthony Mill Pond), Tiogue Lake
- West Greenwich: Big River, Breakheart Pond, Falls River
- Exeter: Beach Pond, Brandy Brook, Breakheart Brook, Browning Mill Pond, Deep Pond (Arcadia), Flat River, Frosty Hollow Pond, Roaring Brook and Pond, Parris Brook
The Coventry Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a fishing derby for children on Wednesday, Apr. 18th at Carbuncle Pond. The bus will leave the Community Center at 5:30 a.m. and return at 9:00 a.m. Ages 9-16 are eligible and ages 15-16 must have a valid fishing license. Advanced registration is required at the Community Center office. (Click here for more information.)
A 2012 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.
Where to Buy a Fishing License or Trout Conservation Stamp
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 and Benny's. A current list of license vendors is available on the DEM Web site, www.dem.ri.gov, by clicking on "Hunting, Fishing, Boating Licenses" from the top left of the homepage, and scrolling down to "Hunting/Fishing Agents."
Vendors located in Coventry:
Anglers are encouraged to check the list prior to visiting a vendor to purchase a license. Licenses may also be obtained at DEM's Boat Registration and Licensing Office located at 235 Promenade St. 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. The license is also free for anyone with a 100 percent disability.