Fishing Vermont


Fishing is a great way to escape from everyday stress--relax and enjoy the day’s catch.

Whether you fly fish Vermont’s creeks and streams, cast from a boat on Lake Champlain, or fish from shore, fishing is a slower-paced recreational activity – but that doesn’t mean it lacks excitement! The adrenaline rush you get from reeling in a fish is so exhilarating, so intoxicating, you’ll “get hooked” on the sport your first time out. For outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy experiencing nature and its resources, it’s one of the best feelings in the world.

Fishing in Vermont is a cost-effective recreational activity for the entire family. Looking to add some competitiveness to your next fishing trip? Be sure to check out the master angler program. Every year, someone new qualifies for this elite club of anglers with a fish that meets or exceeds the minimum length or weight for that particular species. This sport is all-inclusive in the way that men, women, and children all have the same chance to catch the next Vermont state record. It doesn’t matter what your gender, size, or age is; all that's needed is to make sure you have a line in the water.

With four different license types to choose from, anglers can purchase the license that best fits their trip schedule. Buy your license online and get out on the water!

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Clean Water. Healthy Fish. Happy People.

The efforts of Lake Champlain International ensure that Lake Champlain is swimmable, drinkable, and fishable for all to enjoy.

The LCI Father's Day Fishing Derby is one of many ways that this non-profit organization educates and advocates for a cleaner, healthier lake.

Buy Your License Online

It's Quick and Easy

Vermont Fish and Wildlife has information, including laws, about hunting, fishing, trapping and more. It's also convenient to buy your license online, with only a few clicks.

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Vermont Boating Laws

Looking to get your Vermont boater's license or simply trying to stay up to date with today's rules & regulations? This guide is a helpful resource that will teach you everything from the basics to laws that are specific to Vermont.

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Where To Fish

The hardest part of a fishing trip, in a different state, is finding the perfect body of water that gives you the best chance for success.

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