The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board voted June 19 in
Montpelier on a proposed regulation to increase trout and bass
fishing opportunities for anglers.
Eleven new river sections are proposed to have catch-and-release
trout fishing with artificial flies or lures outside of the normal
trout fishing season, opening over 70 miles of river to year-round
A section of the Walloomsac River in Bennington is proposed to
be added to the selection of trophy trout streams that are stocked
with two-year old brown or rainbow trout. The daily limit for
this section will be two trout per day.
Bass catch-and-release open water angling with artificial flies
and lures (not ice fishing) outside the normal bass season is
proposed to now include all lakes, ponds and reservoirs not listed
as "seasonally closed waters."
"The department has made it a priority to increase opportunities
for fish and wildlife-based recreation in which there will not be a
biological impact," said Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner
Patrick Berry. "This new fishing regulation will greatly
expand angling opportunities and help promote open-water fishing
during more of the year."
The Board also voted to remove a proposal to reduce the daily
limit of 12 brook trout to 6.
The fish regulation, with the proposed changes, can be seen on
vtfishandwildlife.com. Under "Law Enforcement and Game Wardens,"
click on "Rules and Proposed Rules."
The Board will vote one more time before the proposed regulation
is adopted. If adopted, these regulations will take effect in