Trout season kicks off in the Ocean State

This is a photo of a family fishing at one of the freshly-stocked trout fishing locations. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said Saturday, April 8, is the beginning of the 2023 trout season.

In a post to social media, the department announced they stocked more than 100 freshwater locations with roughly 60,000 fish.

The department said they released a mix of brook, brown, rainbow and golden rainbow trout.

RIDEM officials said Wigwam Pond in Wilbur Woods in Little Compton was not stocked due to a deterioration of access to the area.

Officials further incentivized anglers by offering a special reward for catching a golden rainbow trout between opening day and May 8.

All you have to do is take a picture of your trout and send it to for verification and you’ll be eligible to receive a golden trout pin, the department said.

The DEM named the locations stocked with golden rainbow trout as follows:

  • Barber Pond, South Kingstown
  • Carbuncle Pond, Coventry
  • Carolina Trout Pond, Richmond
  • Eight Rod Farm Pond, Tiverton
  • Meadow Brook Pond, Richmond
  • Melville Ponds, Portsmouth
  • Olney Pond, Lincoln Wood State Park, Lincoln
  • Peck Pond, Burrillville
  • Shippee Sawmill Pond, Foster
  • Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown
  • Simmons Mill Pond, Little Compton
  • Tucker Pond, South Kingstown
  • Watchaug Pond, Charlestown
  • Willett Pond, East Providence

For a full list of stocked locations, fishing license information and general angler safety tips, visit

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