Opening Day of fishing kicks off Saturday

Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

Saturday marks a staple day for Rhode Island fishermen who will rise at dawn to kick off the 2013 fishing season.

April 13 is opening day of fishing In Rhode Island and more than 20,000 anglers are expected to turnout.

The Department of environmental Management estimates that 80,000 trout have been stocked throughout 100 ponds and streams in Rhode Island.

“For generations of Rhode Islanders, Opening Day is a traditional time to get out at dawn and head to a favorite fishing spot to experience the delight of catching the first trout of the season,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “Next Saturday, throughout Rhode Island, anglers of all ages will be enjoying the outdoors and fishing on ponds and lakes in search of the beautiful brook, brown and rainbow trout raised in DEM's hatcheries.”

Throughout the season tourists and residents spend an estimated $153 million on fishing trip and equipment related expenditures.

For more information on Opening Day and where to obtain a fishing license logon to DEM.org.