The Department of Environmental Management is stocking Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout in ponds throughout Rhode Island for the winter ice-fishing season. During the next two weeks, staff from DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife will stock a total of 100 salmon and 500 rainbow trout in six ponds statewide.
Carbuncle Pond, Coventry and Olney Pond, Lincoln will be stocked with 50 Atlantic salmon, each, averaging 2-4 lbs. Barber Pond, South Kingstown, Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown, Olney Pond in Lincoln, Stafford Pond, Tiverton, and Carbuncle Pond, Coventry are being stocked with a total of 500 rainbow trout, 3-5 lbs. each.
DEM Director Janet Coit announced "We're proud to acknowledge that for the first time, DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife is stocking hatchery raised Atlantic salmon in landlocked ponds in Rhode Island. These fish were raised at the Perryville Trout Hatchery specifically for the enjoyment of Rhode Island anglers for the ice fishing season."
Anglers can be assured that winter stocked fish will hold over for the April 14th Opening Day of Trout season.
A current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp are required to keep or possess a trout. The daily creel and possession limit for trout and domestic salmon currently stands at two per day.
Anglers are reminded of a new regulation beginning in 2012 that prohibits the use of felt soled footgear in any state waters of RI, fresh, tidal, or marine. This includes any waters shared with adjacent states in which Rhode Island Fishing Regulations apply.
Although there is no safe ice currently, the Department advises anglers to check with individual communities about safe ice conditions on local ponds before ice fishing, as DEM does not monitor ice conditions in local communities. Ice must have a uniform thickness of at least six inches before it is considered safe by DEM. It generally takes at least five to seven consecutive days of temperatures in the low 20s and is determined by a number of factors such as the size and depth of a pond, presence of springs or currents, and local temperature fluctuations. For ice conditions at Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park, call DEM's 24-hour ice safety hotline at 222-2632. DEM has an ice safety guide  that can be found online at its parks website, www.riparks.com .