Commencing the catch

April 12 marks the opening of trout fishing season on local waters.

The sun is just beginning to puncture the horizon, slowly lighting the earth with its rays. The still water ripples as lines are cast into the blue abyss. The area that surrounds the pond is populated by fishermen, waiting to feel a tug on their lines.

April 12 may not seem like a memorable day to most, but for those hooked on freshwater fishing, it is special. At 6 a.m. fishermen will take to the ponds to begin the state’s trout fishing season, which runs until February.

For the fishermen of the state, there are more than 80 spots to reel in a trout — many in South County — including Barber Pond and Chickasheen Brook in South Kingstown, Silver Spring Lake in North Kingstown, Frenchtown Park Pond in East Greenwich, the Pawcatuck River, which runs through Charlestown and Westerly and Watchaug Pond in Westerly.

A freshwater fishing license is required, except on May 3-4, which are designated free fishing days when anyone can test the waters, according to the state of Rhode Island’s freshwater fishery regulations.

So for those with a passion for fishing, it’s time to take those poles out of storage and celebrate the end of the trout drought.

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