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Ice Fishing

Don't Let The Cold Keep You Indoors

Ice fishing gives the angler a unique advantage during the hard-water season; once there is six inches or more of ice, you can easily and safely move off-shore without a boat. With many of Vermont's waters open for ice fishing season, the choices are abundant.

Whether you're fishing a Lake Champlain bay, or a smaller body of water that is found off the beaten path, ice fishing is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors during the cold winter months.

Remember, staying safe will make your next ice fishing trip more fun. It is always a good idea to review some ice fishing basics, put together by our friends at Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

Additional information on planning a Vermont fishing trip can be found through the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department or Vermont Outdoor Guides Association.

Take advantage of a free chance to try this thrilling sport by participating in this year's Free Ice Fishing Day Festival, which will take place at Knight Point State Park in North Hero. Event information including schedule, registration, and directions can be found by visiting the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website.

Buy your fishing and hunting license online.


Vermont Fish and Wildlife has information on current regulations, stocking schedules, events and more. It's also convenient to buy your license online, with only a few clicks.

Find a place to fish at Vermont's many fishing access areas.

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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Vermont Outdoor Guide Association

You will find listings of guide services for all activities along with support services, lodging, retail and rental equipment, and travel information.

Official Vermont Vacation Guide Summer 2020

Free Vermont Vacation Guide

Also available online, the Vermont Vacation Guide is filled with insider info to steer your Vermont visit in the right direction.

Vermont travel planner - byways brochure and VAA map.

What to Do

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Get cozy and drop your hook; ice fishing in Vermont is a good old-fashioned good time, whether you’re out with friends, family or by yourself to enjoy the serenity and stillness of a Vermont winter. Bonus: you might just bring home dinner.