Year-Round Trout Fishing

Year-Round Trout Fishing

If you're not fishing during the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31), there are still several stream sections open year-round for trout fishing. Check out the sections below for where to go.

The sections of streams listed below are open to trout fishing year round according to the following rules:

  • Only artificial flies or lures are permitted outside of the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31).
  • Catch and release only (trout must be immediately released where caught), except during the open season for trout.
  • During open season for trout, follow normal size restrictions, daily limits and possession limits.

Black River:

From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Howard Hill Road Bridge in Cavendish.

Deerfield River:

From the Woods Road (Medburyville) bridge in Wilmington upstream approximately 2 miles to the VT Route 9W bridge in Searsburg.

East Creek (Rutland City):

From the confluence with Otter Creek upstream (approximately 2.7 miles) to the top of the Patch Dam in Rutland City.

Hoosic River:

From the Vermont/New York border upstream to the Vermont/ Massachusetts border.

Lamoille River:

From the Lake Champlain boundary (top of Peterson Dam in Milton) upstream to the top of the Cady's Falls Dam in Morristown.

Lewis Creek:

From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the State Prison Hollow Road (TH#3) bridge in Starksboro.

Missisquoi River:

From the top of the Swanton Dam in Swanton to the top of the Enosburg Falls Dam in Enosburg Falls.

Moose River:

From the confluence with Passumpsic River upstream to the downstream edge of the Concord Avenue bridge in St. Johnsbury.

Ompompanoosuc River:

From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Union Village Dam in Thetford.

Otter Creek:

From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the Danby-Mt. Tabor Forest Road bridge (Forest Road #10) in Mt. Tabor.

Passumpsic River:

From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of Arnolds Falls Dam in St. Johnsbury.

Waits River:

From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of the Central Vermont Power Dam (Green Power Mountain Dam) in Bradford.

Walloomsac River:

From the Vermont/New York border in Bennington upstream to the top of the former Vermont Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of Murphy Road) in Bennington.

West River:

From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Townshend Dam in Townshend.

White River:

From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the bridge on Route 107 in Bethel.

Williams River:

From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of the dam at Brockway Mills Falls in Rockingham.

Winooski River:

From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the VT Route 2/100 in Duxbury and Waterbury.

NOTE: Check specific stream sections in "Index of Rivers & Streams" for other regulations.

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