|It won't be long before carp fishing begins. K now the rules.|
A maximum of two rods are allowed.
1. License- You will need a new, 2015 license after March first. The old license expired after the last day in Feb. They can be purchased online and in tackle shops.
2. Where to Fish: While Opening Day (for trout waters only) happens the second Saturday in April, you can fish any non-trout stocked waters year round. Trout waters are closed from March 1 to Opening Day. You can see a listing of trout stocked waters on the DEM website at RI Fishing Abstacts. This means you can fish for carp at Roger Williams Park in March, but you can't fish at Lincoln Woods (Stocked waters).
3. Corn Rule: RI has this antiquated corn rule that states that corn can not be used as bait when fishing for carp in designated trout waters. So, you can use corn at Roger Williams, but you can't use corn in Lincoln Woods.
4. Chum Rule: Chumming is illegal in designated trout waters.
5. Two Rod Rule- You are allowed to use one or two rods when fishing for carp. You can't use three or more outfits. To be honest, I see this rule violated a lot.
6. Bowhunting/bowfishing- While the DEM rules state that bowfishing is legal for carp, it is only legal where local town and city ordinances allow hunting and the discharge of a weapon. Local hunting ordinances take precedent over DEM. I can tell you that most cities and suburban towns in RI, and every city and town along the Blackstone River DOES NOT allow bowfishing or hunting. If you see this being done, call the local police and not the DEM. I have checked with police in many cities and towns, and they all claim that anyone caught doing this will be arrested, prosecuted and their gear will be confiscated.