Year-round catch-and-release fishing allowed on nine
Vermont's traditional trout fishing season opens Saturday, April 13
this year, and anglers are looking forward to spring fishing for
brook, brown and rainbow trout in the Green Mountain State's lakes
and streams. Until then, eager anglers can capitalize on year-round
catch-and-release trout fishing opportunities on nine river
Black River - From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to
the top of the Lovejoy Dam in Springfield.
Lamoille River - From the Lake Champlain boundary (top of
Peterson Dam in Milton) upstream to the top of the hydroelectric
Dam at Fairfax Falls.
Lewis Creek - From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the
State Prison Hollow Road (TH #3) bridge in Starksboro.
Ompompanoosuc River - From the Connecticut River boundary
upstream to the Union Village Dam in Thetford.
Otter Creek - From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to top
of Center Rutland Falls in Rutland.
West River - From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the
Townshend Dam (Townshend) to Connecticut River boundary.
White River - From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to
the bridge on Route 107 in Bethel.
Williams River - From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to
the top of the dam at Brockway Mills Falls in Rockingham.
Winooski River - From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to
the Bolton Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury.
"We know anglers are keen to wet a line as early as possible,"
said Vermont Director of Fisheries Eric Palmer. "If weather
conditions cooperate, these river sections will provide a great
opportunity to do some catch-and-release trout fishing with
artificials between now and the traditional start of trout season
Vermont is known for excellent fishing opportunities for wild
trout, and some of the biggest brown and rainbow trout are caught
during early spring in many rivers throughout the state.
"Willoughby River steelhead provide a popular spring fishery in
the Northeast Kingdom at the Village of Orleans," said
"These steelhead are on their spring spawning run from Lake
Memphremagog, and they always attract a lot of interest, partly
because they can be seen jumping the falls in Orleans."
As an added bonus, Vermont's catch-and-release bass fishing
season in lakes starts the same day as trout season on April 13 and
continues through June 7. Only lures and flies may be used, and
bass must be immediately released.
The Fish & Wildlife Department is cautioning anglers that
the use of felt-soled boots or waders in Vermont waters is
prohibited in order to prevent the spread of the invasive algae
Anglers also are reminded to use sinkers that are not made of
lead. It is unlawful to use a lead sinker weighing one-half ounce
or less while fishing in Vermont. Weighted fly line, lead-core
line, downrigger cannonballs, weighted flies, lure, spoons, or jig
heads are not prohibited.
Planning a Vermont spring fishing trip is easy.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has a 2013 Vermont
Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Laws and Guide that includes maps
showing lakes and streams as well as fishing access areas and
public lands. It also lists the fish species found in each
body of water and it includes fishing regulations. Copies are
available where fishing licenses are sold, or from the Vermont Fish
& Wildlife Department. For more info call
Fishing license fees are $25 for adult residents, $8 for
residents 15-17 years of age, $50 for adult nonresidents, and $15
for nonresidents 15-17 years old. One, three and seven day
fishing licenses also are available for nonresidents. Children
under age 15 do not need a fishing license in
Vermont. Licenses are quickly and easily available on Fish
& Wildlife's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) and at agents
Photo by Sandy Macys courtesy of VT Fish &