- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Freshwater fishing season has opened in Rhode Island.

The Department of Environmental Management says opening day officially began at 6 a.m. Saturday.

The department is releasing 80,000 trout in ponds and streams across the state.

It expanded its trout stocking program to include Potter Hill Landing, in Ashaway, and two areas on the Ten Mile River, in East Providence.

DEM Director Janet Coit says opening day is a time for families to come together to share the thrill of reeling in a trout and connect with nature.

Fishing in Cass Pond, in Woonsocket, Slater Park Pond, in Pawtucket, and Ponderosa Park Pond, in Little Compton, will be reserved for children on Saturday and Sunday. A children’s fishing derby is scheduled for Saturday at Pondarosa Park Pond.

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