Fishing Vermont's Waters

 Learning to fish in Vermont

Vermont's waterways are home to some of the finest freshwater fishing in the U.S.

Our cold water streams and brooks harbor an abundance of brown, brook and rainbow trout. Vermont's broad lakes and ponds provide tremendous opportunities for bass, walleyes and other species. Learn about Vermont's Sportfish lineup here.

Vermont's trout fishing season opens in April and continues through October. A long Vermont winter leaves fish with an appetite for biting anything that moves. The rush of mountain spring water tumbles through more than 5,000 miles of fishable streams in the valleys of Vermont. It's the prime spot for Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout.

As the tumult of the spring melt subsides, the ice will be off the more than 400 lakes and ponds where northern pike and walleye provide another sporting challenge. Vermont is fast becoming known for its bass fishing, restricted to catch and release until the second Saturday in June each year.

Ice-fishing in Vermont is also a wonderful way to stay connected with the wildlife world throughout the year. Learn more about ice fishing in Vermont here.

Click here to see Vermont’s Fishing Season Calendar.

For complete information about fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching, check out the Vermont Guide to Hunting, Fishing and Trapping online.

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