Mid-Depth Lures and Rigs - Spinner Baits

Spinnerbaits are baitfish-imitating lures, and well-known for their ability to create aggressive reaction strikes from many species of fish.

Spinner Bait

  • Suggested Seasonal Use: Year-round, open water

  • Species: All species

Casting Techniques

Casting Technique

Sound casting techniques will ultimately allow for a better lure presentation, more effective lure retrieve and a more successful and enjoyable time on the water!

To help get you started on your next fishing adventure, we’ve provided a few basic tutorial videos on casting various types of rod and reel combinations.

Fishing Basics

In the sport of fishing, an angler’s equipment and understanding of fish behavior and habitats are two of the most important elements toward a fulfilling fishing adventure.

Similarly, understanding how to properly clean, prep and cook your catch can also impact your fishing experience, as can knowing how to correctly release a fish back into the water to be caught another day.

Top Water Lures and Rigs - Floating Soft Plastics

A diverse assortment of baits, floating soft plastic lures come in a range of shapes, sizes, colors and textures.

Soft Plastics

  • Suggested Seasonal Use: Open water; late-spring, summer and early fall

  • Species: All species

Bottom Lures - Carolina Rig

Similar in concept to a split-shot rig in that this setup features a weight or multiple weights well ahead of a baited hook, a Carolina rig has become known as a great tool for efficiently covering various types of bottom structure.

Carolina Rig

  • Suggested Seasonal Use: Year-round, open water

Tagged Fish Reporting Program

tagged salmon

Fisheries biologists may tag and release certain fish species collected during fish population surveys or research projects. Currently, department fisheries biologists are tagging Lake Champlain trout and salmon with individually numbered plastic anchor tags.

floyd anchor tag

Fishing Tournaments FAQs

Woman holding fish

Whether you’re organizing a fishing tournament or want to find one, here are the answers to many of the questions asked about fishing tournaments.

Organizing a Fishing Tournament

Anyone holding a fishing tournament in Vermont must obtain a permit from the department.

A tournament is defined as a contest in which anglers pay a fee to enter and compete for a prize based on the quality or size of the fish they catch.

Fishing Tournaments

Year-Round Trout Fishing

Each year, Vermont hosts about 150 fishing tournaments of all kinds, including big and small, open water and ice, streams and lakes.

Many of the tournaments are held on Lake Champlain, Lake Bomoseen and the Connecticut River. Other lakes and streams also host smaller numbers of events. Most of the tournaments held in Vermont are catch-and-release bass tournaments.


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