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 802-265-2279 or email letsgofishing@vermont.govLocation details will be given upon registering.


Introduction to Ice Fishing

Tuesday, February 18
Deweys Pond, Quechee, VT

9:00am-12:00pm

Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Hartford Parks and Recreation are partnering to offer Introduction to Ice Fishing programs. Learn the basics of ice fishing including, safety, regulations, tip ups and more!

Register for Ice Fishing


Introduction to Ice Fishing

Saturday, February 22
Lake Parran Access Area
9:00am-12:00pm

Join us at Lake Parran Access Area to learn the basics of ice fishing! 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.

Register for Ice Fishing


Targeting Walleye Through the Ice

Sunday, February 23
Lake Carmi State Park
9:00am-12:00pm

Join us at Lake Carmi State Park 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.

Register for Walleye Fishing


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. The four-week course will be held on evenings.
Participants are expected to attend all four evenings. There is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials.

Castleton Course - Starts 2/24

Location: GMCC Kehoe, 636 Point of Pines Rd, Castleton, 05735 | map
Dates: Monday Evenings, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

This course is presented thanks to our partnership with the Green Mountain Fly Tyers.

Register for Fly Tying Course: Castleton

Montpelier Course - Starts 3/10

Location: ANR Annex Building, 190 Junction Road, Berlin, VT 05620 | map
Dates: Tuesday Evenings, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

This course is presented thanks to our partnership with the Mad Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Register for Fly Tying Course: Montpelier

For more information call 802-265-2279 or email letsgofishing@vermont.gov


Ice Fishing For Smelt

Thursday, February 27
Blush Hill Boat Launch, Waterbury, VT
5:00pm-8:00pm

Join us at Blush Hill on 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 and chair or bucket to sit on.

register for smelting


Targeting Lake Trout Through the Ice

Thursday, March 5
Caspian Lake
, Greensboro, VT | map
8:00am-11:00am

This clinic focuses on ice fishing for lake trout, and is taught by both outreach and fisheries staff.  Techniques will include jigging and setting tip-ups, but no ice fishing experience is necessary.  All gear will be provided.  Dress in warm clothes with good footwear and pack plenty of cocoa and food. Park at the Caspian Public Beach in Greensboro located across from the General Store. register for lake trout clinic


Trolling for Trout and Salmon Following Ice Out

Saturday, March 14
Kehoe Conservation Camp, 636 Point of Pines Rd., Castleton, VT
| map
9:00am-1:00pm

Join us for an Introduction to trout and salmon trolling techniques following ice out. The course will cover a variety of topics including lures, rods, trolling techniques, and more. It will be taught in a classroom setting and notebooks are encouraged.

register for trout and salmon trolling clinic

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

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

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