DEM stocks trout, salmon across R.I. lakes and ponds ahead of Veterans Day

By: - November 10, 2023 7:00 am

Sebago Atlantic salmon is one of two species of hatchery-raised fish state officials are releasing designated in lakes and ponds in time for Veterans Day weekend. (Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management)

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will complete a weeklong special salmon and trout stocking in Rhode Island ponds and lakes on Friday, ahead of Veterans Day weekend, according to a news release.

Rainbow trout, brook trout and Sebago Atlantic salmon were added to 16 ponds and lakes:

  • Barber Pond, South Kingstown
  • Carolina Trout Pond, Richmond
  • Frosty Hollow Pond, Exeter
  • Meadowbrook Pond, Richmond
  • Olney Pond, Lincoln
  • Peck Pond, Burrillville
  • Roaring Brook, Exeter
  • Round Top Ponds, Burrillville
  • Simmons Mill Pond, Little Compton
  • Stafford Pond, Tiverton
  • Tarkiln Pond, Burrillville
  • Tucker Pond, South Kingstown
  • Watchaug Pond, Charlestown
  • Willet Pond, East Providence

Anglers ages 15 and older must have a current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp to keep trout. Licenses can be paid for online through the DEM’s Rhode Island Outdoors (RIO) portal. 

Anglers are also reminded to respect daily creel and possession limits of no more than five fish, only two of which can be salmon, through Nov. 30. Any trout caught in state waters must be at least 8 inches long, with an 11-inch minimum for Atlantic salmon.

More information about stocked freshwaters, size and creel limits is available in the DEM’s 2023-24 freshwater fishing regulations. 


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Nancy Lavin
Nancy Lavin

Nancy Lavin is senior reporter covering state politics, energy and environmental issues for the Rhode Island Current.