Fishing

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 25, 2020 and Saturday, June 13, 2020.
A day when anyone, resident or non-resident, can go fishing statewide without a fishing license!

Using Baitfish in Vermont

Baitfish

Baitfish regulations are designed to protect Vermont’s fish populations and fishing opportunities by managing the movement of baitfish to prevent the introduction or spread of fish diseases and other aquatic invasive species.

New regulations, effective January 1, 2020, will provide more flexibility for anglers by allowing the movement of baitfish from one waterbody to another through a zone system.

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!

Master Angler Program

Master Angler Program

Vermont’s Master Angler program recognizes an angler’s accomplishment in catching a large fish and the fish's accomplishment in surviving and growing to an exceptional size.

Here’s a way to enhance your angling experience is by challenging yourself to catch a variety of "exceptionally-sized" fish species.

Online Fishing Regulations Tool

fish regs on mobile phone

Fishing regulations are important tools for managing Vermont's diverse fisheries and meeting the varied desires of the angling public. Our Online Fishing Regulations Tool uses current technologies to make obtaining regulation information quick and simple.

Fishing Regs at Your Fingertips

This internet-based tool offers multiple functions, including:

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.

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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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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.