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Worden Pond

For those who like fighting chain pickerel in the shallows, two bodies of water in southern Rhode Island-1,075-acre Worden Pond in South Kingston and 573-acre Watchaug Pond in Burlingame State Park near Charlestown-may provide the best pickerel fishing in the state. Recent electroshocking on Watchaug turned up pickerel "like alligators," according to state Fish and Game Department spokesperson Christine Dudley. Usually by March the ice is going or gone on these ponds. Around this time Mepps spinners and Daredevle spoons are key lures, especially spinners in bright yellow or orange skirts. Flyfishers should cast Dalberg Divers and bright streamers that stay shallow with floating line. The boat ramp on Watchaug Pond is reached through the State Park campground, just off Klondike Road, which connects with U.S. Route 1. The boat ramp on Worden Pond is east of Tuckertown Four Corners on Worden's Pond Road. There is no closed season on pickerel in Rhode Island, but there is a 14-inch minimum length and a five-fish-a-day limit. Contact: Great Swamp Field Headquarters (401-789-0281).