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Free Winter Fishing Clinics

Join one of these fishing clinics that are open to people of all ages and levels of experience, including those who are completely new to fishing! 

ice fishing

Participants will learn about fishing regulations and techniques, fish identification, ice safety and more! Equipment will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather (and walking on ice) as the program will take place outside. Consider bringing something warm to drink and a bucket or a chair to rest on, too. Programs last 2.5 to 3 hours. Registration is required for all programs.

For more information, call 802-505-5562 or email letsgofishing@vermont.govLocation details will be given upon registering.

Check back frequently as more programs will be added as ice conditions develop.

Introduction to Ice Fishing

Join us to learn the basics of ice fishing! Topics covered will include safety, equipment, regulations and more, providing you with the skills to ice fish on your own! All equipment will be provided. Participants should dress for the weather and bring plenty of hot chocolate.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - Canceled due to ice conditions
Mallets Bay Fishing Access, Colchester VT 
9:00am-11:45pm

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Introduction to Walleye Fishing

Join us at Chittenden Reservoir to learn the basics of targeting walleye through the ice! Topics covered will include safety, equipment, regulations and more! All equipment will be provided. Participants should dress for the weather and bring plenty of hot chocolate.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Chittenden Reservoir, Chittenden VT 
2:00pm-5:00pm

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Introduction to Ice Fishing

Join us to learn the basics of ice fishing! Topics covered will include safety, equipment, regulations and more, providing you with the skills to ice fish on your own! All equipment will be provided. Participants should dress for the weather and bring plenty of hot chocolate.

Saturday, February 4, 2023
Deweys Mills Pond, Quechee, VT
8:30am-11:30am

Registration: Registration is through our partner Hartford Parks & Recreation Dept. 

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Introduction to Smelt Fishing

Join us at Waterbury Reservoir for an evening of learning about smelting! Topics covered will include safety, equipment, regulations and more! All equipment will be provided. Participants should dress for the weather and bring a headlamp/flashlight and chair or bucket to sit on.

Thursday, February 9, 2023
Waterbury Reservoir, Blush Hill Rd, Waterbury VT 
4:15pm-7:00pm

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Introduction to Ice Fishing

Join us to learn the basics of ice fishing! Topics covered will include safety, equipment, regulations and more, providing you with the skills to ice fish on your own! All equipment will be provided. Participants should dress for the weather and bring plenty of hot chocolate.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Deweys Mills Pond, Quechee, VT
10:30am-1:00pm

Registration: Registration is through our partner Hartford Parks & Recreation Dept. 

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Saturday, February 25, 2023
Retreat Meadows, Brattleboro, VT
9:00am-11:45am

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Introduction to Fly Tying

Learn the basics of fly tying in this fun, hands-on course! Course topics will include terminology, tools and basic fly patterns. This course is part of partnership between the Mad Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Vermont Fish & Wildlife. All the tools and materials will be supplied for the course, but attendees can bring their own tools.
There is a $20 fee for materials payable to Mad Dog Trout Unlimited on the first night of the course.

Tuesday Evenings: March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4, and April 11, 2023
ANR Annex, 190 Junction Rd., Berlin, VT
6:30pm-8:00pm

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