ice fishing festival

Always wanted to go ice fishing but couldn’t find a good excuse to get away? Now we have found that excuse for you: a “FREE ICE FISHING DAY” on the last Saturday in January.

Saturday, January 27, 2018 is Vermont’s free ice fishing day - a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license.

Not Sure How? - NO PROBLEM!

Come to our FREE Ice Fishing Festival! Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff will be there to help everyone, young and old, learn how to enjoy this unique and popular type of fishing.

WHERE: Lake Bomoseen State Park, Castleton, VT
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WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm


  • 11:00 am - Registration Opens
  • 11:00 am to 3:00 pm - Fun Family Activities
    This year, Fish & Wildlife staff and Let's Go Fishing volunteers will help new ice anglers learn the basics of winter ice fishing with stations including:
    • Ice Fishing Gear Explained
    • Tip-up Techniques
    • Using a Rod and Jig
    • Fish Identification Game
    • Knot-tying Know-how and tackle craft

Plus enjoy a fish fry and cocoa (bring your own mug if you can)! Warming huts will be available to keep you comfortable.

Bring your own ice fishing equipment or you can borrow ours. 

Pre-register now to avoid long lines at registration and get in the "fast pass" lane for ice fishing!

pre-register now

For more information, contact Nicole Meier ( by email or call 802-318-1347.