Vermont Baitfish Identification Guide

Although baitfish regulations in New York and Vermont have changed since this book was published, it still serves as a good reference for identifying baitfish species.

Baitfish of Vermont

The latest information on these regulations is available at:

Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia FAQs

Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) is a deadly fish virus, first discovered in the Great Lakes. Vermont has adopted regulations to prevent the introduction of VHS to our waters.

Using Baitfish FAQs

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

Using Baitfish in Vermont


Baitfish regulations are designed to protect Vermont’s fish populations and fishing opportunities by preventing the introduction of fish diseases and other aquatic invasive species.

Baitfish Net

Reciprocal Licenses

Reciprocal fishing licenses enhance fishing opportunities on Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River.

Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain Map

Anglers who hold a fishing license from either New York or Vermont are able to fish in most of the big lake.

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:


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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3208

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