Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing
Collect Your Trout Stamps Now
In 2013, RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife published Rhode Island’s first freshwater fish guide, ‘Inland Fishes of Rhode Island’ written by Alan D. Libby and illustrated by Robert Jon Golder. In 2014, those illustrations were the focal point of a four year series of trout stamps featuring Mr. Golder’s beautiful and scientifically accurate artwork. The first of the series was the brook trout stamp in 2014 and the final stamp features the golden rainbow trout, the most recent of the trout to be stocked in Rhode Island.
Now is your chance to collect all four of the full colored trout stamps! And you do not need to have a fishing license buy them. Simply visit RI Department of Environmental Management Office of Boating Registration and Licensing at 235 Promenade Street in Providence, RI 02908. Each stamp is $5.50 and goes directly into the dedicated Trout Conservation Stamp Fund which supports the state trout hatcheries. They are available by individual stamp or by sheet.
And if you are interested in more than just the Trout Conservation Stamp, our Inland Fishes of Rhode Island by Alan Libby with illustrations by Robert Jon Golder is still available! This publication describes more than 70 fishes found in over 377 pond and stream locations throughout Rhode Island. With gorgeous color as well as black and white scientific illustrations, each fish is addressed with a detailed description and color location map. Alan D. Libby is a Principal Freshwater Biologist and has worked for the Division of Fish and Wildlife for over 30 years. He has dedicated over 15 years surveying the many lakes and streams throughout Rhode Island.
Three Ways to Purchase: DEM Division of Boating and Licensing located at 235 Promenade Street, Providence. Cash, check or credit (with $1.50 convenience fee); Great Swamp Fish and Wildlife Headquarters located at 277 Great Neck Road, West Kingston, office hours 8:30am-4pm, check or money order only; On-line, mail-in order form: Print, complete and send along with check or money order only – http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatres/fishwild/pdf/fishorder.pdf.
Tips for Releasing Live Fish
If fish are to be taken as part of the daily creel limit, they should be killed immediately and kept cool until they can be prepared for the table. If an angler wishes to release a live fish, either because it is undersized or because they are practicing catch and release fishing, the following procedures are recommended:
- Land the fish as quickly as possible to minimize stress to the fish.
Playing a fish to the point of exhaustion will lessen its chance for survival.
- Wet your hands before handling the fish; dry hands will remove the fish’s protective slime layer and leave the fish open to bacterial and fungal infections.
- Handle the fish carefully. Do not use excessive force when grasping the fish. Do not put fingers into the gill cavities or eye sockets. A wet glove can be a useful aid in grasping the fish because it reduces the amount of pressure needed to hold the fish securely.
- Gently remove the hook to minimize damage. A pair of long-nose pliers will make the job easier.
- If you are intentionally practicing catch and release fishing, use artificial lures with single, barbless hooks, or circle hooks to minimize damage to the fish.
- Do not attempt to remove a hook that is deeply embedded in the gullet. Instead, cut the line off as close to the hook as possible and release. The fish will have a better chance of survival if the hook is left in place; the hook will eventually disintegrate.
- Return the fish to the water as quickly as possible. Lower it back into the water in an upright position and move it back and forth in the water to force water across its gills. Once the fish revives, allow it to swim away.