RI stocking streams with trout for fishing season
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island has begun stocking the state's water bodies with fish ahead of the trout and general fishing season that opens next month.
The state Department of Environmental Management says it will stock more than 100 ponds and streams with 80,000 hatchery-raised trout. The fish each weigh about a pound and a half on average.
The fishing season begins at dawn on April 14, and officials expect more than 20,000 fishermen to turn out.
Fishing licenses are required for those 15 years of age and older. Those wishing to keep their catch or fish in a catch-and-release or fly-fishing only area also must have a trout conservation stamp. Both are available at local clerk's offices, bait and tackle shops or at Benny's.