Fishing Opportunities

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Bordered on the west by renowned Lake Champlain and on the east by the magnificent Connecticut River – with over 800 lakes and ponds and 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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Sportfish of Vermont

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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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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You don't have to go far 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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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.



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 catch & release trout fishing.



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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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.


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Wilderness Brook Trout

Wild, self-sustaining populations of brook trout are found in nearly every small, cold stream across the state. Here are some resources to help you find these hidden treasures.


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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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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.