RI: DEM announces free fishing days May 7 and 8

Anglers Will Have Opportunity to Catch a Golden Rainbow Trout at
Little Round Top and Big Round Top Ponds in Burrillville

PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management announces
that Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 are free fishing days in
Rhode Island. During those two days, all Rhode Islanders and
visitors can fish in freshwaters without a fishing license or trout
conservation stamp. The free fishing days provide local residents
and visitors a special incentive to get outdoors and try something
new while enjoying their natural surroundings.

Anglers will have an opportunity to catch a prized Golden
Rainbow trout on Saturday, May 7 during a fishing tournament
sponsored by DEM’s Division of Fish & Wildlife at Little Round
Top and Big Round Top Ponds in Burrillville. This is the second
year for this annual Hatchery-sponsored fishing event. DEM’s
hatchery staff will stock the Rhode Island hatchery-raised Golden
Rainbow trout at these two fishing access areas for the event, and
prizes will be awarded to the lucky anglers who catch a Golden
Rainbow. There will also be loaner fishing rods and bait available
for those who need them. DEM hatchery staff and volunteers from
fishing clubs will be on hand to assist families during the fishing
event. The Coventry and Lincoln libraries also have a fishing rod
loan program, available through the CLAN network to people
throughout the state with library cards. DEM’s aquatic resource
education program and the RI Saltwater Anglers Association sponsor
the fishing rod loan program.

The free fishing program was established nationally about 20
years ago as an opportunity to encourage people to experience new
recreational opportunities outdoors, and therefore become more
active stewards of the environment.

All usual regulations on size and limits apply during the two
free fishing days. Information about size and limits can be
obtained at bait and tackle shops, or by calling DEM’s Great Swamp
Field Office at 789-0281. The regulations can also be found on
DEM’s website at www.dem.ri.gov by clicking on “Fish and Wildlife”
under “Offices and Divisions”.

A list of stocked ponds and other information of interest to
anglers can also be found on DEM’s website, www.dem.ri.gov, by
clicking on “Fish and Wildlife” under “Offices and Divisions”, and
then choosing “Freshwater Fisheries”.


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