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Fishing Regulations Vermont Freshwater Fishing


Vermont Fishing Seasons

Trout & Landlocked Salmon April 8–Oct. 31

Trout & Landlocked Salmon (Lake Champlain) No Closed Season

Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass (Harvest Season) June 10–Nov. 30

Catch & Release (Lakes and Ponds) April 8–June 9

Pickerel, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch & Smelt No Closed Season

Walleye (all waters except Chittenden Reservoir & the Connecticut River) May 6, 2017–March 15, 2018

Chittenden Reservoir June 1, 2017–March 15, 2018;

Connecticut River See Table 4

Free Fishing Days Jan. 28, 2017; June 10, 2017

(Note: The seasons listed above are some of Vermont’s general fishing seasons. They apply to most Vermont waters, but not all. Prior to fishing, please reference pages 56–87 for special season and regulation information for specific waters.)

Vermont Fishing Licenses


Fishing (ages 18–69) $26.00

Youth Fishing (ages 15–17; under 15, no license needed) $8.00

Permanent License (residents only, age 70 or older)

Five-Year Fishing License $124.00

Three-Day Fishing (1) $11.00

Combination Fishing & Hunting $42.00

Five-Year Combination License $204.00

Youth Combination Fishing & Hunting (age 17 or under) $12.00


Fishing $52.00

Youth Fishing (ages 15–17; under age 15, no license needed) $15.00

Five-Year Fishing License $249.00

One-Day Fishing (1) $21.00

Three-Day Fishing (1) $23.00

Seven-Day Fishing (1) $31.00

Combination Fishing & Hunting $138.00

Five-Year Combination License $684.00

Youth Combination Fishing & Hunting (age 17 or under) $30.00

(1) Term Licenses: All dates are inclusive and consecutive