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Vermont’s Spring Trout and
Bass Catch-and-Release Seasons
Open April 11

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Vermont’s traditional trout fishing season opens Saturday, April 11 this year, and anglers are looking forward to spring fishing for brook, brown and rainbow trout in the Green Mountain State’s lakes and streams. Vermont is known for excellent fishing opportunities for wild trout, and some of the biggest brown and rainbow trout are caught during early spring in many rivers throughout the state.

Willoughby River steelhead provide a popular spring fishery in the Northeast Kingdom at the Village of Orleans. These steelhead are on their spring spawning run from Lake Memphremagog, and they always attract a lot of interest, partly because they can be seen jumping the falls in Orleans.

As an added bonus, Vermont’s catch-and-release bass fishing season in lakes starts the same day as trout season on April 11 and continues through June 12. Only lures and flies may be used, and bass must be immediately released.

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