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Fishing Vermont

FISH FOR THE CATCH OF YOUR LIFE.

Fishing is a great way to escape from everyday stress--relax and enjoy the day’s catch.

Whether you fly fish Vermont’s creeks and streams, cast from a boat on Lake Champlain, or fish from shore, fishing is a slower-paced recreational activity – but that doesn’t mean it lacks excitement! The adrenaline rush you get from reeling in a fish is so exhilarating, so intoxicating, you’ll “get hooked” on the sport your first time out. For outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy experiencing nature and its resources, it’s one of the best feelings in the world.

Fishing in Vermont is a cost-effective recreational activity for the entire family. Looking to add some competitiveness to your next fishing trip? Be sure to check out the master angler program. Every year, someone new qualifies for this elite club of anglers with a fish that meets or exceeds the minimum length or weight for that particular species. This sport is all-inclusive in the way that men, women, and children all have the same chance to catch the next Vermont state record. It doesn’t matter what your gender, size, or age is; all that's needed is to make sure you have a line in the water.

With four different license types to choose from, anglers can purchase the license that best fits their trip schedule. Buy your license online and get out on the water!

Buy your fishing and hunting license online.

DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE

Vermont Fish and Wildlife has information on current regulations, stocking schedules, events and more. It's also convenient to buy your license online, with only a few clicks.

Find a place to fish.

Where To Fish

The hardest part of a fishing trip, in a different state, is finding the perfect body of water that gives you the best chance for success. Sign up to receive Fishing Reports for the latest tips.

Father and son fishing in Vermont

Family Friendly Fishing

Fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors – and who knows, you might just bring home dinner! Beginning anglers can learn new skills at Let's Go Fishing events.

A happy family with a lake trout in the 33rd Annual LCI Derby.

A Family Destination for Anglers

For more than 25 years, LCI has been making Lake Champlain a sportsman’s destination, with the Father's Day Fishing Derby.

ice fishing

Ice Fishing

Whether you're fishing a Lake Champlain bay or a smaller body of water off the beaten path, ice fishing is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors during the cold winter months.

Fishing-3-Oliver Parini

Fly-Fishing in Vermont

First time fly-fishing? It’s good to go with a guide. Vermont weekly Seven Days takes you through a beginner’s first trip angling Vermont’s waterways, and presents tips and tricks for a successful trip.

Camping in the fall by the water

Camping

Embrace Vermont's great outdoors. Camping in Vermont means nights under the stars, cozy campfires and the chance to forge tighter bonds and escape the everyday.

View of Vermont mountains and State Parks from the Fire Tower at Elmore

State Parks

Vermont's 51 state parks offer unique ways to get outside, including paddling, hiking, camping and swimming. Get the latest on Vermont State Parks including visitation information.

Fishing from a motorized boat on Lake Carmi.

Vermont Boating Laws

Get your license or stay up to date. This guide is a helpful resource that will teach you everything from the basics to laws that are specific to Vermont.

DROP A LINE

Fishing is a great way to connect with the outdoors and your loved ones. This year, get hooked on fishing – check out Vermont’s waterways and see what’s biting. An added bonus: you’ll get to bring home dinner.