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Prohibited Activities

Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing

Prohibited Activities:

  1. Fishing in any freshwater stream or pond within this state without a valid fishing license (except as noted on page 3).
  2. Fishing in any stream, designated trout stream or designated trout pond of the state, unless otherwise regulated, between midnight on last day of February to 6AM on the second Saturday of April, annually.
  3. Possessing trout, salmon, or charr during the seasonal closure.
  4. Using corn for bait in any designated trout waters.
  5. Chumming in any designated trout waters.
  6. Snagging fish in fresh waters.
  7. Using any substance injurious to fish life in any stream or freshwater pond within the state except by permit issued by the DEM.
  8. Detonating any explosive within any stream or freshwater pond within the state.
  9. Selling trout, largemouth or smallmouth bass, pickerel, northern pike, Atlantic salmon, American shad, or yellow perch taken from any freshwater stream, river, or pond within the state.
  10. Stocking any freshwater stream or pond, public or private, within the state with ANY species of fish without having first obtained a permit from the DEM. For more information, call (401) 789-0281.
  11. Releasing any live bait into the freshwaters of the state.
  12. The use as bait of any variety of gold fish (Carassius auratus) in the fresh waters of the State.
  13. The importation, sale, or possession of any variety of non-native fish, including, but not limited to goldfish (Carassius auratus), green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus), or fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) for use as bait in the fresh waters in the State.
  14. Selling any live freshwater minnows for bait or possessing more than one hundred (100) live freshwater minnows without first having procured the appropriate license from the DEM.
  15. Tagging, branding, marking, or otherwise willfully mutilating any fish which is to be released alive into any freshwaters of the state except by special permit issued by the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
  16. It is prohibited that any person use foot gear with external felt soles or other natural or synthetic porous material capable of absorbing liquid that is attached to the soles of wading foot gear in any freshwaters of the state. This shall include any waters shared with adjacent states in which any RI Fishing regulations apply.

Catch a Golden Trout…Get a Golden Pin!

RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries will again be stocking the golden rainbow trout on our Free Fishing weekend, May 6th and 7th, 2017!

If you catch a golden trout in any of the Rhode Island ponds throughout 2017, send in your pictures and receive a golden trout pin. Contact Jessica Pena at jessica.pena@dem.ri.gov or
401-539-0019 for more information.

RIDEM Fish and Wildlife has previously stocked golden trout in the following ponds: Silver Spring Lake in North Kingstown, Meadow Brook Pond and Carolina Trout Pond in Richmond, Round Top Ponds and Peck Pond in Burrillville, Brickyard Pond in Barrington, Upper Mellville Pond in Portsmouth, Tiogue Lake in Coventry, and Browning Mill Pond in Exeter. Stay tuned for our 2017 stocking locations!

Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Areas in Rhode Island

Carbuncle Pond – Coventry

Gorton Pond – Warwick

Lower Shannock Brook – Richmond

Silver Spring Lake – North Kingstown

Upper Roaring Brook – Exeter

Westerly Boat Ramp – Westerly

Olney Pond – Lincoln