Vermont holds a few personal, national records, including being the second-least populous state in the United States or having the least populous state capital throughout the country. Vermont is also the largest producer of maple syrup in the country and was voted the safest state in the country last year.

Vermont is also known as being a rich state, with plenty of luxurious properties own by America’s richest moguls. Its wonderful natural landscapes combined with a pleasant climate determined some of the richest people in the United States own large properties, villas, and country houses in this state.

Vermont is also a quite popular fishing destination, featuring plenty of ponds and lakes filled with numerous fish species. Here is everything you need to know about fishing in this area:


Licenses and permits

Similar to all other American states, Vermont imposes its own license and permit fees for residents and nonresidents. Prices vary depending on the age and the type of license issued.

For instance, a five-year fishing license for residents costs around $124, while nonresidents will have to pay twice as much, meaning $249.

Residents can also opt for a three-day fishing license for the cost of $11, while nonresidents will have to pay $23. Nonresidents also have the option of a one-day permit for $21 or a seven-day fishing permit for $31. Given the quite high prices, we suggest purchasing the one-week permit for small trips or even one weekend.


Fishing Seasons

Each type of fish comes with a specific fishing season, and it is best to follow these regulations if you want to benefit a quiet fishing trip in Vermont. The trout and landlocked salmon fishing season last between the beginning of April and the end of October on all lakes and ponds except Lake Champlain, where the season is year-round.

The largemouth and smallmouth bath fishing season is at the beginning of June and the end of November, while all Catch & Release fishing games for lakes and ponds are allowed between April 8 and June 9.

Remember that these days are approximate and may vary each year. The aforementioned information is suitable for the 2017 fishing season, while the new regulations for 2018 should be made public by the end of the current year.

Free fishing days

Just like all other American states, Vermont also offers two free fishing days each year. These days vary by year, and the novelty is that, unlike other states, Vermont doesn’t offer two consecutive free fishing days.

This year, the free fishing days were January 28 and June 10, meaning that all fishing was permitted for residents and nonresidents without requiring a fishing permit or a valid license.


Fishing methods permitted

In Vermont, the following fishing methods (for certain fish species) are allowed:

  • Angling
  • Ice fishing
  • Catch and release


Daily limits

Each lake and river in Vermont provide its own daily limit fish bags, so it is best to consult locally before engaging into fishing activities. These daily bag limits only refer to the state waters of Vermont, so private lakes and ponds may be suitable for different regulations and restrictions.

Whenever fishing in the national waters, it is best to consult the government’s own regulations, while for private ponds and lakes you should talk to the owners or administrators. However, keep in mind that these daily limit fish bags only apply for open fishing seasons and you are not allowed to fish during the closed seasons.

You are also not allowed to possess more than the double equivalent quantity of one fishing daily limit bag.



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