DEM is urging fishermen to use great caution this weekend, considering the inches of rain we have received over the last few days.
In fact, they are urging us to AVOID FISHING IN RIVERS THIS WEEKEND
DEM stocked almost sixty ponds in advance of opening day
Quick currents, snags and gripping pools might just ruin your weekend if you get hemmed up in a downed hemlock.
From our state:
The fast-moving cold water combined with limited or poor footing is extremely hazardous along some stretches of rivers and streams. Of particular concern are waterbodies in the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed and the Pawtuxet River. DEM encourages anglers to use caution and practice the following safety measures:
- Stand back from the shoreline and be aware of surroundings
- If fishing by boat, canoe or other vessel, wear a life jacket
- Keep a close watch on children or those with limited mobility
- Avoid drinking alcohol while operating a boat
Remain in the boat at all times; water temperatures are low and risk of drowning due to the effects of cold water is high
BE SAFE. There are far less people fishing the same holes ponds and lakes on Sunday morning.