Free Fishing Weekend announced; over 10,000 trout added to RI waters

By: News Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Free Fishing Weekend will take place Saturday, May 6th to Sunday, May 7th at six different areas across the state.

The event invites the public to fish without a fishing license or trout conservation stamp.

Six ponds will contain over 6,000 rainbow trout and 4,000 golden trout for the weekend.

The bodies of water participating in the event are Peck Pond in Burrillville, Browning Mill Pond in Exeter, Silver Spring Lake in North Kingstown, Upper Melville Pond in Portsmouth, Meadowbrook Pond in Richmond, and Shippee Sawmill Pond in Foster.

The program started in Rhode Island in 1995 to encourage people to freshwater fish as a new experience and highlight fishing areas in the state.

There are approximately 175,000 recreational anglers in Rhode Island according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

People who catch a golden trout during this event will get a golden trout pin.

Event goers are asked to take a photo with their catch and send it to Jessica Pena at

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