Free Ice Fishing Day Festival

Always wanted to go ice fishing but couldn’t find a good excuse to get away? Now we have found that excuse for you: a "Free Ice Fishing Day" on the last Saturday in January.

Saturday, January 25, 2020 is Vermont’s next free ice fishing day - a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license.

Not Sure How? - No Problem!

Come to our FREE Ice Fishing Festival! Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff will be there to help everyone, young and old, learn how to enjoy this unique and popular type of fishing.

Where: Lake Elmore, Elmore State Park, Elmore VT

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When: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Event Schedule:

  • 11:00 am - Registration Opens
  • 11:00 am to 3:00 pm - Fun Family Activities
    This year, Fish & Wildlife staff and Let's Go Fishing volunteers will help new ice anglers learn the basics of winter ice fishing with stations including:
    • Ice Fishing Gear Explained
    • Hole Drilling Demos
    • Tip-up Techniques
    • Using a Rod and Jig
    • Ice Safety
    • Fish Identification and Regulations Explained
    • Knot-tying Know-how and tackle craft

Plus enjoy a fish fry and cocoa (bring your own mug if you can)! 

Bring your own ice fishing equipment or you can borrow ours. Be sure to dress warmly (in layers is the best) and wear winter boots. Yaktraxs or ice cleats are also a great idea for traction.

Pre-register now to avoid long lines at registration and get in the "fast pass" lane for ice fishing!

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For more information, contact Corey Hart ( by email or call 802-505-5562.

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDavis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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