The freshwater fishing season has officially begun. More than 100 waterways across the state have been stocked with trout.
The Department of Environmental Management stocked about 80,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout throughout the state, including at two new spots along the Ten Mile River and one in Potter Hill Landing in Ashaway.
Larry Mouradjian, assistant director of natural resources at DEM, said opening day has become a cherished family tradition.
“You can see grandparents and little kids and camp fires, and as long as they stay safe, they have a wonderful time,” said Mouradjian. “And it’s taken on quite a celebration. Some camp out the night before, have breakfast, stake out their claim on their spots. It really is a unique event here in Rhode Island.”
Mouradjian encourages people to be mindful of any cold weather conditions in the forecast.
The freshwater fishing season attracts more than 20,000 anglers each year. Anyone over the age of 15 who wants to fish needs a license.