Fishing

Fishing Clinics and Events

Fishing Clinics and Events

Kids, families, and fishing enthusiasts are invited to join in the many department-sponsored fishing events happening throughout the year.

Below you’ll find a link to our calendar listing the Let’s Go Fishing clinics and Children’s Fishing Program opportunities that are open to the public. These programs encourage everyone to join in the fishing fun!

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 26, 2019 and Saturday, June 8, 2019.
A day when anyone, resident or non-resident, can go fishing statewide without a fishing license!

Vermont's Ice Fishing Opportunities

ice fishing on Lake Champlain

Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors with friends and family, and Vermont offers the greatest variety of top-notch freshwater ice fishing in New England.

Other Lakes Open to Ice Fishing

Ice fishing for trout, salmon and bass is allowed on the following lakes from the third Saturday in January to March 15.

See Index of Lakes & Ponds and Tables in Fishing Regulations for length limits and daily limits.

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.

Fishing Knots

Fishing Knots

Strong line and a proper rod, reel and lure system are key factors toward a successful fishing trip. However, these elements are just a piece of the overall puzzle, and a well-tied knot may be the most important of all.

Fishing Access Areas

Department of Fish and Wildlife Access Area

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department maintains more than 190 developed fishing access areas, providing public access for shore fishing opportunities and launching of water craft.

Baker Pond, Brookfield

girl with fish

Where to Go

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department owns this pond, which has plenty of places to fish from shore. You can also launch a small boat here. Check out Baker Pond's Fishing Access Area.

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDewey Building
Montpelier, VT 05620-3208
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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