Ice Fishing Basics

Ice Fishing Basics

Winter means cold temperatures that can keep you indoors and cause a serious case of cabin fever. Ice fishing is a fun and inexpensive way to get outdoors and beat the winter doldrums.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Lake Champlain, Burton Island


Where to Go

Burton Island State Park, accessible by boat or ferry, and offers many fishing opportunities. Even children that struggle with casting can catch fish by dropping a baited hook from the floating docks in the marina. But if you fish from the docks, remember boats have the right-of-way.

Half Moon Pond, Castleton

father and son trophy trout fishing

Where to Go

If you are looking for a weekend of fun, trying camping and fishing at Half Moon Pond State Park. This state park also offers boat rentals, swimming, and a playground. You will have to pay for a campsite, but you can also fish at the nearby Lake Bomoseen day use area for no extra charge. More info

Lake Bomoseen, Castleton

father and daughter fishing

Where to Go

Lake Bomoseen State Park offers many fishing opportunitiesThe Bomoseen State Park day-use area is a good place to fish from shore, from the dock, or you could rent a boat.

Using Baitfish FAQs

Have questions about using baitfish? Check the FAQs below for answers to the most common inquiries.

Fishing Seasons

Fishing is a great way to connect with nature and is a fun activity to share with friends and family. Check below to see what fishing opportunities are available throughout the year.

FREE Fishing Days - Saturday, January 30, 2021 and Saturday, June 12, 2021.
A day when anyone, resident or non-resident, can go fishing statewide without a fishing license!

Boating in Vermont

Boating in Vermont can’t be beat. Hundreds of lakes and ponds and thousands of miles of rivers mean you are never far from boatable waters.

Check out these links for everything you need to get out and enjoy Vermont’s waters.

Fishing Access Areas

With more than 190 access areas, public access to launch your craft for a great day on the water is closer than you might think!


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