Vermont Fishing

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Number of Fish Species:  87

State Sportfish (cold):  Brook Trout

State Sportfish (warm):  Walleye

Notable Records:  a 38 lb 3oz. muskie, a 14 lb 8oz. walleye, a 35 lb 14oz. channel catfish, a 6 lb 4oz. chain pickerel

Fishing Regs: To see the current regs click here or download them here (Vermont Fishing regs).

Fishing License Info:  

  Residents Non-Residents
Annual $25.00 $50.00
1-day N/A $20.00
3-day $10.00 $22.00
7-day N/A $30.00

For more fishing license info. click here.

Quickcast:  Flanked by the Connecticut River to the East and Lake Champlain on the West, Vermont is well situated to provide some great fishing opportunities.  Lake Champlain draws fishermen in primarily for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and northern pike.  Connecting to Lake Champlain is the Lamoille River where there’s plenty of diversity for any angler.  Fishing this river will yield rainbows, largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, rock bass, northern pike, brown bullhead, walleye and landlocked Atlantic salmon.  At the top of the state is Lake Memphremagog where anglers can set their hooks into pumpkinseeds, rock bass, bullhead catfish, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, northern pike and steelhead.  All the way to the eastern edge of the state and running its entire length is the Connecticut River.  This major river system is home to shad, smallmouth bass, striped bass, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, catfish species, carp and American eels.  In the north-central region of the state is a spot called Waterbury Reservoir where smallmouth are abundant but one can also find rainbows, browns and perch.  Heading south from there anglers will find the 60 mile long White River.  The White holds bass species, large trout (rainbows, browns brook) and Atlantic salmon as they return to spawn in the Connecticut River.  Further south is the Somerset Reservoir and Harriman Reservoir.  These two water bodies are of a decent size and typically hold smallmouth bass, perch, rainbows, salmon, smelt and rock bass.