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Streams Open for Year-Round Trout

Fishing Regulations Vermont Freshwater Fishing

The following stream sections are open to trout fishing year-round, according to the rules listed below:

Only artificial flies or lures may be used, except during the open season for trout (second Saturday in April through Oct. 31).

Catch and release only (trout must be immediately released where caught), except during the open season for trout.

During open season for trout, follow normal size restrictions, daily limits, and possession limits.

  • Black River From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Howard Hill Road bridge in Cavendish.
  • Deerfield River From the Woods Road (Medburyville) bridge in Wilmington upstream approximately 2 miles to the VT Route 9W bridge in Searsburg.
  • East Creek (Rutland City) From the
    confluence with Otter Creek upstream (approximately 2.7 miles) to the top of the
    Patch Dam in Rutland City.
  • Hoosic River From the Vermont/New
    York border upstream to the Vermont/
    Massachusetts border.
  • Lamoille River From the Lake Champlain boundary (top of Peterson Dam in Milton) upstream to the top of the Cadys Falls Dam
    in Morristown.
  • Lewis Creek From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the State Prison
    Hollow Road (TH#3) bridge in Starksboro.
  • Missisquoi River From the top of the Swanton Dam in Swanton to the top of the Enosburg
    Falls Dam in Enosburg Falls.
  • Moose River From the confluence with Passumpsic River upstream to the downstream edge of the Concord Avenue bridge in
    St. Johnsbury.
  • Ompompanoosuc River From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Union Village Dam in Thetford.
  • Otter Creek From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the Danby-Mt. Tabor Forest Road bridge (Forest Road #10) in Mt. Tabor.
  • Passumpsic River From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of Arnolds Falls Dam in St. Johnsbury.
  • Waits River From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of the Central Vermont Power Dam (Green Mountain Power Dam) in Bradford.
  • Walloomsac River From the Vermont/New York border in Bennington upstream to the top of the former Vermont Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of Murphy Road) in Bennington.
  • West River From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Townshend Dam
    in Townshend.
  • White River From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the bridge on Route 107 in Bethel.
  • Williams River From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of the dam at Brockway Mills Falls in Rockingham.
  • Winooski River From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the VT Route 2/100 in Duxbury and Waterbury.