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Fishing Regulations Vermont Freshwater Fishing

Vermont Fishing Seasons

Note: The season dates listed below are for some of Vermont’s general fishing seasons. They apply to most Vermont waters, but not all. Prior to fishing, please reference the indexes and table for special season and regulation information for specific waters, including seasonally closed waters.

Harvest Seasons

Trout and Landlocked Salmon – Second Saturday in April to last day of October

Trout and Landlocked Salmon (Lake Champlain) – No Closed Season

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass – Second Saturday in June to last day of November

Pickerel, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and Smelt – No Closed Season

Walleye (all waters except Chittenden Reservoir and the Connecticut River) – First Saturday in May to March 15, 2021

Chittenden Reservoir – First Saturday in June to March 15, 2021

Connecticut River – See Table 10 (Tables)

Catch and Release (see indexes and tables for exceptions, including closed waters)

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass – Year-round, open-water fishing

Trout – Year-round, open-water fishing

Free Fishing Days

Summer Free Fishing Day – Second Saturday in June

Winter Free Fishing Day – Last Saturday in January

Vermont Fishing Licenses

Resident

Fishing (ages 18–65) – $28.00

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

Permanent Licenses (residents only, age 66 or older) – $60.00

Five-Year Fishing License – $134.00

Three-Day Fishing (1) – $11.00

Combination Fishing and Hunting – $47.00

Five-Year Combination License – $229.00

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

Nonresident

Fishing – $54.00

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

Five-Year Fishing License – $264.00

One-Day Fishing (1) – $21.00

Three-Day Fishing (1) – $23.00

Seven-Day Fishing (1) – $31.00

Combination Fishing and Hunting – $143.00

Five-Year Combination License – $709.00

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

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

    All license fees listed are for 2020.