Autumn provides some of the year's best fishing opportunities in
Vermont's streams, rivers, and lakes, and you may just have the
water all to yourself.
Hot temperatures in July and August can make fishing difficult
for many species like trout, salmon, pike and walleye. But once the
water starts to cool down in the fall, these fish start biting
"River temperatures are hovering around the mid-50's, which is
the optimal temperature for fishing for rainbows, browns, and
brookies," said Jud Kratzer, fisheries biologist for the Fish &
Wildlife Department. "Anglers who troll for rainbow trout and
salmon are usually successful right until the season closes."
Many Vermont waters also receive much less fishing pressure
during the fall with summer vacations over and kids back in
school. "Fall is the perfect time for anglers who enjoy
solitude to get out and fish," said Kratzer.
Fall fishing hotspots include fishing for walleye on the
Connecticut River and fishing for landlocked salmon on the Clyde
River. Several stretches of rivers in Vermont have recently
been opened for year round catch and release fishing
opportunities. The Lake Champlain region is also a great
destination for late-fall fishing, as the water cools down more
slowly than in other areas of the state.
The high quality landlocked salmon fishing on Lake Champlain
makes getting out in cooler fall weather a worthwhile venture. Late
season tributary fishing is often overlooked and can produce salmon
and steelhead through late fall, as well as continued steelhead
fishing right through the winter as river conditions and
Fishing for salmon and trout on Lake Champlain in the late fall
is much like fishing for them in early spring. "Deep trolling
equipment is not necessary, but can sometimes be used to anglers'
advantage," said Kratzer.
"The fish will sometimes feed near the surface, where the action
can be spectacular when trolling streamers with a fly rod or spoons
with spinning tackle."
Anglers interested in tributary fishing for salmon should try
the lower sections of the Lamoille and Winooski Rivers.
For specific regulations on different waterways and more
information on fishing in Vermont, see the Fish and Wildlife Law
Digest and Guide at vt.fishandwildlife.com.
Photo by Tom Rogers, Vt Fish & Wildlife
Alexalee Nadeau of Johnson took advantage of last weekend's
sunny weather by casting a line on the Lamoille River. Fall fishing
in Vermont is marked by cooler water temperatures, which improves
fishing for species such as trout, salmon, pike and