Land-locked Salmon

The landlocked Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is one of the most prized game fish in the Northeast. First found in Maine and southeastern Canada, it may be native to Lake Champlain and has since been distributed throughout North America and Europe.

Lake Trout

Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) Salvelinus means char; namaycush is of native American origin referring to dweller of the deep. Other common names; togue, longe, Mackinaw trout, touladi.

Brown Trout

The Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) is one of the trout species in Vermont that is not native. It was introduced to Vermont during the late 1800s, and now there are spawning populations in most of the drainage basins in the state.

Brook Trout

The Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is the smallest of the native salmonids of Vermont, and is also called the "squaretail." The most distinguishing feature of the brook trout (or wild "brookie") is its adipose fin, or small fin on the back located directly in front of the tail. This characteristic is shared only by other salmonids and no other fish species.

Fisheries Biologist Reports

Vermont's fisheries biologists are engaged in a variety of activities to ensure Vermont's valuable fisheries resources are sustained and enhanced through time.

Fish Culture

fish egssState fish culture stations (hatcheries) stock close to 2 million fish annually in public waters for angling and fish restoration.

In addition to stocking fish for public waters, Vermont fish hatcheries:

Fish Division

large rainbow trout

The Fish Division is responsible for the conservation and management of all fish and aquatic habitats throughout Vermont. Staff members are engaged in a wide variety of activities, including fish management, fish culture and access area maintenance and development.

Winooski River Fish Lift Updates

checking fish at fish liftThe fish lift at the Winooski One hydroelectric facility on the Winooski River is operated annually through a joint effort between Vermont Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power. Here are the updates on fish collected at the lift.

Wild Trout Management

male brook trout on redd

The department's wild trout management focuses on protecting and enhancing water quality and aquatic habitats.

Vermont's Wild Trout

wild trout of Vermont


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Commissioner Louis Porter

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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.