Outdoor Recreation


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Fishing in Vermont

Fishing is a great way to escape from everyday stress as you relax and enjoy the day’s catch. Whether you fly fish Vermont’s 7,000+ miles of rivers and streams, cast from a boat on Lake Champlain or one of the state’s 800+ lakes and ponds, or fish from shore, the sport’s slower pace offers a chance to unwind and take in the natural beauty that surrounds you. With four different license types to choose from, anglers can purchase the license that best fits their trip schedule.

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Vermont State Parks

Vermont State Parks are a gateway to the water and offer great fishing for a day on the lake, or a week-long base camp.  Seyon Lodge State Park, located on Noyes Pond in the Groton Forest, is renowned as Vermont’s sole public fly-fishing-only pond in Vermont. Some parks sell fishing licenses and many rent boats.

Learn to Fish

Fishing is an easily accessible sport that can bring families and friends together to bring in the day’s catch and admire the scenic beauty of Vermont’s waterways. Fishing clinics and other tips can help you hone your skills.  

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Vermont is home to 92 species of freshwater fish.

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Vermont Fishing Guide

Start planning your Vermont fishing trip, including ways to get licenses, regulations to know, and where to fish, with the Vermont Fishing Guide.

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