Lake Memphremagog, Newport City

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Where to Go

Gardner Memorial Park offers great fishing access for families. The park is located at the mouth of the Clyde River on the shores of Lake Memphremagog and has a large mowed area which makes casting from shore easy.

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A foot bridge crosses a narrow portion of Lake Memphremagog where a child can simply drop bait right over the side of the bridge without casting. There is also playground equipment and ball fields in case the fishing is slow.

Fish You'll Find

Yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, bullhead catfish, rock bass, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass can be caught from spring through fall, but the fishing for these species is especially good in the spring and early summer during their spawning runs.

Chain pickerel and northern pike can also be caught from spring through fall. Landlocked salmon and steelhead rainbow trout can be caught in early spring and in the fall, especially near the mouth of the Clyde River.

Fishing Tips

Live worm or minnow fished under bobber or on the bottom. Senko-style worms, tube jigs, spoons, and spinners are artificial lures worth trying.
Learn more about freshwater bait and lures.

How Do I Get There?

Garder Park

Gardner Memorial Park is located at the mouth of the Clyde River.

From Interstate-91, take the VT-191 exit, EXIT 27, toward US-5/Newport. Follow VT-191 toward Newport about 2 miles. Turn left onto US-5. After about 0.1 miles, turn left onto Gardner Park Rd. To fish from the foot bridge, park at the Waterfront Plaza on the opposite side of US-5.
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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Christopher Herrick

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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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