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Welcome-To-VermontFishing in Vermont

With around 700 lakes and ponds and more than 5000 miles of rivers and streams, Vermont stands out as another fantastic fishing destination in the USA. Fishing in Vermont is a life-long enjoyment for residents as well as visitors.

The state is divided into mainly 5 regions.

Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain

Champlain Valley (Northwestern Vermont): This is region is full of lakes like Lake Champlain, and rivers like Winooski, Lamoille, and Missisquoi with brook, rainbow, and lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, chain pickerel, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bullhead, panfish, and black crappie in them. Silver Lake, Lake Iroquois, Winona Lake are some other major lakes and Hubbarton, and Middlebury are some other major rivers here.

North Central Vermont: This region is having less number of water bodies major being Lake Morey, Lowell Lake, South Pond, Sunset Lake, and rivers like Mad, Waterbury, Waits, and Dog, with a variety of fish like fairlee, VT-perch, northern pike, bass, catfish, and brook, rainbow, and brown trout.

Northeast Kingdom: This region too has plentiful of lakes like Brownington, Memphremagog, Seymour, ponds like Island, and Wallace, and rivers like Clyde, Barton, Black, Connecticut, Lamoille, and Moose, containing morgan, VT-trout, salmon, smelt, perch, walleye, bass, Newport, burbot, craftsbury and a wide variety of fishes.

South Central: Lakes of St. Catherine, Bomoseen, Kent, and Echo, and Chittenden Reservoir, and the rivers Castleton, Poultney and Mill provide a handsome catch of west castleton, VT-brown trout, yellow perch, northern pike, crappie, bass, and so on.

Southern: Weatherhead Hollow, South, and Sadawga ponds, Sherman, and Harriman reservoirs, and Lake Raponda, so also, Battenkill, Battenkill West, Hoosic, and Walloomsac rivers provide rainbow and brown trout, landlocked salmon, perch, smelt, panfish, pickerel, bass and so on.

fishingIce Fishing

Ice fishing is another remarkable feature of fishing in Vermont. As late fall puts icy lids over the lakes and other water bodies in the state, some anglers leave the comfort of their homes for the ice and cold of winter and poke holes in ice to fish.

Tip-ups are the tools to signal when a fish is active at the ice-merged end of your line. Their designs may vary, but the flag is common which ‘tips up’ when a fish bites. A tip-up includes crossed bars the size of a big spanner. One of the bars spans a fishing hole, while the other dunks vertically into the water.


For salmon, using streamers like “the Grey Ghost” or “Moose River” is useful. Spinfishermen may try a imitation minnow, which imitate the action of a real minnow, or smelt. Metal spoons are also useful. Baitcasters prefer livesmelt, trolled or a stationary boat. For rainbow trout too same things apply.

Tackle for ice fishing is only a couple of inexpensive, lightly-rigged jigging poles (6 to 8 pound test for walleye, while 2 to 4 pound for panfish), some jigs and lures, tiny bobbers, split-shot, live baits like minnows, or waxworms, a bucketful of transport gear and to sit on, an ice auger, and ice-skimmer.

“Let’s Go Fishing”

The “Let’s Go Fishing” program of Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is intended to educate mainly young fishing enthusiasts about water ecology and fishing, and handling tackle. The education is carried on by volunteers.

Vermont Master Angler Program

The Vermont Master Angler’s Program is created to distinguish the anglers who catch fish of exclusive size from Vermont waters. The program thus appreciates the achievement of the angler in catching such a large fish as well as the accomplishment of the fish which survived and grew to such a commendable size. You can submit your entry for a harvested as well as a released fish, with a good, clear picture of your hunt and following the rules.


License is usually necessary for fishing here. It can be bought online, or at the Waterbury office of Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, or from one of the authorized license agents.

Vermont is ready to welcome you anytime of the year, so that in summer as well as in ice cold winter, you can relish fishing in Vermont.