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Guide to fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown, golden and lake trout in local lakes and streams.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

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Rhode Island offers a variety of opportunities for trout fishing, with both cold water streams and lakes supporting different trout species. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about trout fishing and identify trout fishing waters in the state. The primary trout species found in the state are rainbow trout, brook trout and brown trout, which thrive in the cool waters of many of Rhode Island's streams and rivers.

One of the most popular trout fishing destinations in Rhode Island is the Wood River, which is known for its healthy population of wild brook trout. The Wood River is a classic cold-water stream with beautiful scenery, making it a favorite among anglers seeking a tranquil fishing experience.

The Pawcatuck River is another great spot for trout fishing, offering opportunities to catch both brook and brown trout. This river runs through Rhode Island and Connecticut, providing ample fishing grounds for anglers from both states.

In addition to the rivers, Rhode Island also has several stocked lakes that provide excellent trout fishing. Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods State Park and Carbuncle Pond in Coventry are just a couple of examples of lakes stocked with trout to enhance the fishing experience.

As for state records, the largest brook trout ever caught in Rhode Island weighed over 3 pounds. Meanwhile, the state record for brown trout stands at nearly 8 pounds, showcasing the potential for impressive catches in Rhode Island's waters.

Overall, Rhode Island offers a diverse and rewarding trout fishing experience for anglers of all ages and skill levels, with plenty of beautiful locations to explore and plenty of trout waiting to be caught.

Trout Fishing Waters

Rhode Island is spotted with trout fishing waters. Ponds, streams, creeks, rivers and lakes are likely to contain trout. Major lakes with good trout fishing include Beach Pond, Stafford Pond, Tiogue Lake and Woonasquatucket Reservoir.

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Trout Species In The State

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 11 lbs 0 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 12 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 9 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

Rhode Island State Record Trout

The state record rainbow trout was caught from the Pawcatuck River.

The state record brook trout was taken out of Wyoming Pond.

The state record brown trout came from Wallum Lake.

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Visit the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management for details on Rhode Island trout stocking.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Additional trout information

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