Fishing Award Programs

GO of the Gold

Are you up for the challenge? Catch a golden rainbow trout from Opening Day through Free Fishing Weekend (first weekend in May annually) and earn a golden trout pin!

  • Catch a Golden Rainbow Trout from April 13 to May 6, 2024
  • Email your picture to
  • Once we get your photo, you will receive a link to complete a pin request form.
  • One pin per person. Photos submitted after May 6, 2024, will not be accepted.
  • Anglers must adhere to all regulations. Don’t have your fishing license? You can purchase your license and trout conservation stamp at RIO.RI.GOV
  • Barber Pond, South Kingstown
  • Carbuncle Pond, Coventry
  • Carolina Trout Pond, Richmond
  • Eight Rod Farm, Tiverton
  • Frosty Hollow, Exeter 
  • Onley Pond, Lincoln
  • Meadow Brook Pond, Richmond
  • Upper and Lower Melville Ponds, Portsmouth
  • Peck Pond, Burrillville
  • Shippee Saw Mill Pond, Foster
  • Silver Spring Lake, North Kingstown
  • Simmons Mill Pond, Little Compton
  • Tucker Pond, South Kingstown
  • Watchaug Pond, Charlestown
  • Willet Pond, East Providence

*Revised 4/18/24. This information is subject to change as additional locations may be stocked and added to the list.

Children's "First Fish" Certificate Award Program

YOU'VE CAUGHT YOUR FIRST FISH — CONGRATULATIONS!! Receive a special "First Fish" award certificate from the Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife, signed by DEM's Chief of Freshwater Fisheries, and a free gift. Simply print out the application (below), fill it out completely, and return to:

RIDEM Fish & Wildlife
Education Center,
1B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place
Exeter, RI 02822

Questions? Contact Kimberly Sullivan (401) 539-0037 or

Rhode Island Game Fish Award Program

Each year, the RIDEM Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes anglers who have caught freshwater and saltwater game fish of notable size with our Game Fish Award program. Game Fish / State Record Award Application

Rhode Island Freshwater and Saltwater Sportfish Records

The Division of Fish and Wildlife maintains state records on each species of game fish caught in Rhode Island waters. View the list of official fish weigh-in locations and applications.