Fishing

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.

Fishing Events and Programs

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Fun-Filled Fishing Events

Kids, families, and fishing enthusiasts are invited to join in the many department-sponsored fishing events happening throughout the year. Check our calendar for Let’s Go Fishing clinics and Children’s Fishing Program opportunities that are open to the public.

 

Fishing Opportunities

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Bordered on the west by renowned Lake Champlain and on the east by the magnificent Connecticut River – with over 800 lakes and ponds and 7,000 miles of rivers and streams in between -- Vermont is chock-full of world-class fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages, abilities and interests.

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

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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:

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Contact Us

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.