Shelburne Pond

Shelburne Pond is a shallow, 450-acre recreational gem just 10 miles from downtown Burlington that offers great fishing in a small-water, rural setting.

Sandbar WMA

The Sandbar Wildlife Management Area (WMA) offers shallow-water fishing opportunities around the delta of the Lamoille River and is only a short drive from downtown Burlington.

family fishing at Sandbar WMA

Depending on the time of year and water level, this area can produce a broad range of fish species, though shallow, warm-water dwelling fish are most common.

Oakledge Park

Oakledge Park, just south of downtown Burlington, is a recreational gem that offers quick, easy access, a beautiful setting and some great fishing.

Oakledge Beach

One unique aspect of the park is that it is located near diverse aquatic habitat, from very deep to very shallow, ultimately meaning anglers may encounter both warm and cold water species while fishing.

Bald Hill Fish Culture Station

Bald Hill Fish Culture Station

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60 Abbott Hill Road, Newark, VT 05871

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Visitor Hours: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, daily

Scheduling a large group or school tour? Please call (802) 467-3660


Visitor Center: No

Public facilities: Yes

Lower Lamoille River

Two separate fishing access areas just below the Route 2 bridge in Milton provide quality opportunities for anglers looking to fish the lower Lamoille River area.

Top Water Lures and Rigs - Weedless Surface Spoons

A unique category of top water baits, weedless surface spoons are specifically known for their ability to be fished around heavy cover without hanging up.

Shallow Spoons

  • Suggested Seasonal Use: Open water; late-spring, summer and early fall

Top Water Lures and Rigs - Frog-Style Baits

Known for their ability to entice strikes from fish around shallow cover such as docks, weeds, trees, lily pads and other aquatic habitat, top water frog-style baits can be an important part of an angler’s lure arsenal.

Frog Style Bait

  • Suggested Seasonal Use: Open water; late-spring, summer and early fall

Top Water Lures and Rigs - Buzzbaits

Another distinct category of baits, buzzbaits can be a great tool for combing shallow cover and triggering explosive reaction strikes from both feeding and lethargic fish alike.


  • Suggested Seasonal Use: Open water; late-spring, summer and early fall

  • Species: Primarily bass, pike and pickerel, though other warm water species may be caught

Top Water Lures and Rigs - Popper Baits

These lures and rigs are the way to go when fishing the upper water column and shallows. Popping, chugging and walking top water lures come in a very wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, styles and materials.

While they are typically used to target larger, more aggressive species like bass, pike and pickerel in open water and around thick cover, miniature versions may also be used to land various types of panfish.

  • Suggested Seasonal Use: Open water; late-spring, summer and early fall

Mid-Depth Lures and Rigs - Swim and Bladed Jigs

Swim jigs and bladed jigs are two highly effective lures for mimicking various types of baitfish and a great choice for targeting bass, pike and pickerel around scattered underwater cover.

Swim jigBlade Jig


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