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.

Friday, January 28
Shelburne Pond, Shelburne, VT      
9:00am-12:00pm

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Saturday, February 5
Dewey's Pond, Quechee VT
8:00am-12:00pm

This clinic is in conjunction with Hartford Parks and Recreation annual youth fishing derby.Register Now

Sunday, February 6
Shelburne Pond, Shelburne VT
9:00am-12:00pm
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Introduction to Smelt Fishing

Join us at Joes Pond 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 10
Waterbury Reservoir, Blush Hill Rd, Waterbury, VT
4:30pm-7:30pm
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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 15
Dewey's Pond, Quechee VT
9:00am-12:00pm
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Wednesday, February 23
Shelburne Pond, Shelburne VT
12:30pm-3:00pm

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Friday, February 25 
Lake Paran access area, Bennington VT
9:00am-12:00pm

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Saturday, February 26
Retreat Meadows, Brattleboro VT
9:00am-12:00pm
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Saturday, February 26
Retreat Meadows, Brattleboro VT
12:15pm-3:00pm

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Thursday, March 3
Mallets Bay access area, Colchester VT
9:00am-12:00pm
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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Christopher Herrick

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDavis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.