Bordered on the west by renowned Lake Champlain and on the east by the magnificent Connecticut River – and with 808 lakes and ponds and over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams in between -- Vermont is chock-full of world-class fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages, abilities and interests.
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Vermont’s Sportfish

Vermont is home to more than 90 species of fish, including a variety of cold and warm water species that are abundant throughout the state and create exceptional angling opportunities. Here’s a good place to learn where the fish are and how to catch them.


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Fishing Basics

An angler’s equipment and understanding of fish behavior and habitats are important tools for a fulfilling fishing adventure. Likewise knowing how to clean and cook your catch will add to your enjoyment.


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Family Fishing Hot Spots

Vermont has family-friendly fishing locations across the state where kids can take their parents fishing and have an excellent chance of catching fish using simple techniques.  All the destinations provide opportunities to fish from shore, and at some, you can rent a boat or launch your own.


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Fishing Close to Home – Chittenden County

You don't have to go far from home to find great fishing in Chittenden County. Lake Champlain, Winooski and Lamoille rivers, and many other ponds and streams in the county offer fun and exciting angling opportunities.



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REEL FUN - Fishing at Vermont State Parks

Vermont State Parks and Vermont Fish & Wildlife are teaming up to make fishing fun and easy for state park visitors through the ReelFunVT program.


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Bass Catch and Release Season

Vermont's Lake Champlain is consistently recognized as a top bass destination in the country and while bass fishing is great during the whole season, truly exceptional Champlain bass fishing occurs in the early spring.


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Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is a fun and inexpensive way to get outdoors and beat the winter doldrums, and Vermont offers some of the greatest variety of top-notch freshwater ice fishing in New England.


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Bass Catch and Release Season

Vermont's Lake Champlain is consistently recognized as a top bass destination in the country and while bass fishing is great during the whole season, truly exceptional Champlain bass fishing occurs in the early spring.


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Vermont Fishing Guide - downloadable pdf

This guide, developed by our fisheries biologists, will help you learn what fish to target as well as where, when and how to enjoy fishing in Vermont.