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Fishing Regulations Vermont Freshwater Fishing

Waterbody-specific regulations listed in Index of Rivers/Index of Lakes override the general regulation.

TABLE 1: General Fishing Regulations for Rivers, Streams, Associated Beaver Ponds and Unnamed Impoundments

Species

Length

Rules

Daily Limit

Legal Methods

Open Seasons

American Shad

0

Catch & release angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Anadromous Atlantic Salmon

0

No open season

Brook Trout and Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

None

Total of brook + brown + rainbow = no more than 12 Total of brown + rainbows = no more than 6

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Crappie

8”

25

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Lake Sturgeon

0

No open season

Lake Trout

18”

Total of lake trout + landlocked salmon = no more than 2

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

15”

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

None

Total of largemouth + smallmouth = no more than 5

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Muskellunge

0

Catch & release angling w/ artificial lures & flies only

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Northern Pike

20”

5

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Rainbow Smelt

None

None

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Sauger

0

No open season

Walleye

18”

3

Angling

1st Sat. in May to Oct. 31

Yellow Perch

None

50

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

All other species

None

None

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

TABLE 2: General Fishing Regulations for Lakes, Ponds, Impoundments, Reservoirs, and Particular Rivers and Streams

Species

Length

Rules

Daily Limit

Legal Methods

Open Seasons

American Shad

0

Catch & release angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Anadromous Atlantic Salmon

0

No open season

Brook Trout and Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

None

Total of brook + brown + rainbows

= no more than 6

Angling

2nd Sat.
in April to Oct. 31

Carp, Suckers, Bowfin, Mullet (Redhorse), Gar

None

None

Angling, Bow w/ arrow attached to line, Ice fishing

All year

Crappie

8”

25

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

Lake Sturgeon

0

No open season

Lake Trout

18”

Total of lake trout + landlocked

salmon = no more than 2

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

15”

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass
(Catch and Release Season)

None

0

Catch & release angling w/ artificial lures & flies only

Dec. 1st to Fri. before 2nd Sat.
in June

LARGEMOUTH and SMALLMOUTH BASS (Regular Season)

10”

Total of largemouth

+ smallmouth = no more than 5

Angling

2nd Sat. in June To Nov. 30

Muskellunge

0

Catch & release angling w/ artificial lures & flies only

All year

Northern Pike

20”

5

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

Rainbow Smelt

None

None

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

Sauger

0

No open season

Walleye

18”

3

Angling, Ice fishing

1st Sat. in May to March 15

Yellow Perch

None

50

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

All Other Species

None

None

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

TABLE 3: General Fishing Regulations for Lake Champlain includes the setbacks at the same water level and the lower portion of its tributaries. Spawning waters are not included.

Species

Length

Rules

Daily Limit

Legal Methods

Open Seasons

Brook Trout and Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

12”

Total of brook + brown + rainbows

= no more than 3

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

Carp, Suckers, Bowfin, Mullet (Redhorse), Gar, Bullhead, Shad,

None

None

Angling, Bow w/arrow attached to line, Ice fishing

All year

Shooting, spearing

March 25 to May 25

Chain Pickerel

None

10

Shooting, spearing

March 25 to May 25

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

Crappie

8”

25

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

Lake Sturgeon

0

No open season

Lake Trout

15”

3

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

15”

2

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

(Catch and Release Season)

0

Catch & release angling w/ artificial lures & flies only

Dec. 1st to Fri. before 2nd Sat. in June

LARGEMOUTH and SMALLMOUTH BASS (Regular Season)

10”

Total of largemouth + smallmouth = no more than 5

Angling

2nd Sat. in June to Nov. 30

Muskellunge

0

Catch & release angling w/ artificial lures & flies only

All year

Northern Pike

20”

5

Shooting, spearing

March 25 to May 25

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

Rainbow Smelt

None

None

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

Sauger

0

No open season

Walleye

18”

3

Angling, Ice fishing

1st Sat. in May to March 15

Yellow Perch

None

None

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

All Other Species

None

None

Angling, Ice fishing

All year

TABLE 4: General Fishing Regulations for the Connecticut River for that portion of the river between New Hampshire and Vermont, “Connecticut River” means all waters of the river including the bays, setbacks and tributaries, only to the first highway bridge crossing said tributaries on the Vermont and New Hampshire sides.

LICENSES: All New Hampshire- and Vermont-resident fishing licenses are valid for the taking of fish from the Connecticut River as defined above. All other nonresidents with a New Hampshire nonresident fishing license shall only take fish east of the Vermont low-water mark while on the Connecticut River.

SEASON: Open to fishing all year, except no fishing Oct. 16–Dec. 31 from the confluence of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and the Connecticut River in Northumberland, New Hampshire, to the northern boundary of the town of Canaan, Vermont.

DEVICES: No more than 6 ice fishing devices shall be used to take fish while ice fishing. When fishing in open water, no more than 2 lines may be used.

Lead sinkers and lead jigs one ounce or less, regardless of length, are prohibited.

SPECIES RULES The rules below apply during the open season for fishing.

American Shad

  • Catch and release only.

Atlantic Salmon

  • No open season for Atlantic salmon until declared by the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission.

Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout

  • The season for taking brook, brown or rainbow trout by all legal methods shall open on Jan. 1 and close Oct. 15.
  • Through open water the daily limit is 5 fish or 5 pounds (whichever limit is first reached), except the daily limit is 1 fish from the Samuel Moore Dam downstream to the Route 18 bridge.
  • Through the ice the daily limit is 2 fish, except the daily limit is 1 fish from the Samuel Moore Dam downstream to the Route 18 bridge.

Black Bass

  • The daily bag limit for black bass from Jan. 1 to March 31 is 2 fish, of which only 1 bass may be greater than 16 inches. The daily limit for black bass from April 1 to May 14 and June 16 to June 30 is 2 fish.
  • Between May 15 and June 15, all black bass shall be immediately released unharmed, at the site of catch, to the waters from which taken.
  • The daily limit for black bass from July 1 through Dec. 31 is 5 fish.
  • During the period beginning May 15 and ending June 15, black bass shall be taken only by artificial lures and flies.

Carp

  • May be taken by any legal method and by bow and arrow with cord attached, in that part of the river beginning at the point on the northern boundary of Grafton County in New Hampshire which is directly opposite the town of Concord, Vermont, south to the Massachusetts border.

Horned Pout

  • The daily limit is 25 fish.

Northern Pike

  • The daily limit is 1 fish; minimum total length 28 inches.

Pickerel

  • The daily limit is 10 fish.

Walleye (Pike Perch)

  • No person shall take walleye 16 to 18 inches; the daily limit is 4 fish, of which only 1 can be larger than 18 inches.

River Herring

  • Closed to the taking of alewives and blueback herring

Other Species of Fish

  • The daily limit for black crappie, white perch, yellow perch and sunfish is 25 fish for each species. The daily aggregate possession limit is 50 fish for all listed species, including horned pout.

SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS

  • From the Murphy Dam in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, downstream to the highway bridge that crosses the river from West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, to Canaan, Vermont: From Jan. 1 to the fourth Saturday in April, catch and release only with barbless lures and flies.
  • From a point 1,600 feet upstream from the bridge in North Stratford upstream to a point 250 feet below the Lyman Falls Dam in North Stratford, and marked by a sign, the following restrictions shall apply:
  • Fishing shall be permitted by artificial lures and flies only. All lures and flies shall have barbless hooks or shall have all barbs pinched
    so they will not interfere with removal of the hook from the fish. All fish are to be immediately released unharmed.

FISHWAYS CLOSED

  • Vernon Dam in Vernon, Vermont, and Hinsdale, New Hampshire, shall be closed to all fishing to a point 150 feet below the dam.
  • Wilder Dam in Wilder, Vermont, and Lebanon, New Hampshire, shall be closed to all fishing to a point 150 feet below the dam.

TABLE 5: General Fishing Regulations for Certain Lakes and Ponds Listed in Index of Lakes & Ponds

Species

Length

Rules

Daily Limit

Legal Methods

Open Seasons

American Shad

0

Catch & Release Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Anadromous Atlantic Salmon

0

No open season

Brook Trout and Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

None

Total of brook + brown + rainbows = no more than 6

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Crappie

8”

25

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Lake Sturgeon

0

No open season

Lake Trout

18”

Total of lake trout + landlocked salmon = no more than 2

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

15”

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

(Catch and Release Season)

0

Catch & release angling w/ artificial lures & flies only

2nd Sat. in April to Fri. before 2nd Sat. in June

LARGEMOUTH and SMALLMOUTH BASS (Regular Season)

10”

Total of largemouth + smallmouth = no more than 5

Angling

2nd Sat. in June to Oct. 31

Muskellunge

0

Catch & release angling w/ artificial lures & flies only

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Northern Pike

20”

5

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Sauger

0

No open season

Walleye

18”

3

Angling

1st Sat. in May to Oct. 31

Rainbow Smelt

None

None

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Yellow Perch

None

50

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

All Other Species

None

None

Angling

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

TABLE 6: Closed to Ice Fishing

Species

Length

Rules

Daily Limit

Legal Methods

Open Seasons

All Fish Species

NA

Closed

Closed

Closed to Ice Fishing

TABLE 7: Lake Champlain Ice Fishing Regulations

Species

Length

Rules

Daily Limit

Legal Methods

Open Seasons

Lake Sturgeon

NA

0

NA

No open season

Brook Trout and Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

12

Total of brook + brown + rainbow = no more than 3

Ice Fishing

All year

Lake Trout

15

3

Ice Fishing

All year

Landlocked Salmon

15

2

Ice Fishing

All year

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

None

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

Walleye

18

3

Ice Fishing

1st Sat. in May to March 15

Northern Pike

20

5

Ice Fishing

All year

Muskellunge

NA

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

Rainbow Smelt

None

None

Ice Fishing

All year

Yellow Perch

None

None

Ice Fishing

All year

Crappie

8

25

Ice Fishing

All year

All Other Species

None

None

Ice Fishing

All year

Carp, Suckers, Bowfin, Mullet (Redhorse), Gar

None

None

Ice fishing

All Year

Chain Pickerel

None

10

Ice Fishing

All year

Sauger

0

NA

No open season

TABLE 8: Ice Fishing Regulations

Species

Length

Rules

Daily Limit

Legal Methods

Open Seasons

Anadromous Atlantic Salmon

NA

0

NA

No open season

Lake Sturgeon

NA

0

NA

No open season

Brook Trout and Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

NA

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

Lake Trout

NA

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

Landlocked Salmon

NA

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

American Shad

NA

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

NA

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

Walleye

18″

3

Ice Fishing

1st Sat. in May to March 15

Northern Pike

20″

5

Ice Fishing

All year

Muskellunge

NA

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

Rainbow Smelt

None

None

Ice Fishing

All year

Yellow Perch

None

50

Ice Fishing

All year

Crappie

8″

25

Ice Fishing

All year

All Other Species

None

None

Ice Fishing

All year

Carp, Suckers, Bowfin, Mullet (Redhorse), Gar

None

None

Ice fishing

All Year

Sauger

0

NA

No open season

TABLE 9: Ice Fishing Regulations

Species

Length

Rules

Daily Limit

Legal Methods

Open Seasons

Anadromous Atlantic Salmon

NA

0

NA

No open season

Lake Sturgeon

NA

0

NA

No open season

Brook Trout and Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

None

Total of brook + brown + rainbow = no more than 6

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Lake Trout

18

Total of lake trout + landlocked salmon = no more than 2

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Landlocked Salmon

15

Total of lake trout + landlocked salmon = no more than 2

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

American Shad

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

10

Total of largemouth + smallmouth = no more than 5

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Walleye

18

3

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Northern Pike

20

5

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Muskellunge

NA

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

Rainbow Smelt

None

None

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Yellow Perch

None

50

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Crappie

8

25

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

All Other Species

None

None

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Sauger

0

NA

No open season

TABLE 10: Ice Fishing Regulations

Species

Length

Rules

Daily Limit

Legal Methods

Open Seasons

Anadromous Atlantic Salmon

NA

0

NA

No open season

Lake Sturgeon

NA

0

NA

No open season

Brook Trout and Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

None

Total of brook + brown + rainbow = no more than 6

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Lake Trout

18″

Total of lake trout + landlocked salmon = no more than 2

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Landlocked Salmon

15″

Total of lake trout + landlocked salmon = no more than 2

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

American Shad

0

Catch & Release angling

Closed

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

10″

Total of largemouth + smallmouth = no more than 5

Ice Fishing

3rd Sat. in Jan to March 15

Walleye

18″

3

Ice Fishing

1st Sat. in May to March 15

Northern Pike

20″

5

Ice Fishing

All year

Muskellunge

NA

0

Ice Fishing

Closed

Rainbow Smelt

None

None

Ice Fishing

All year

Yellow Perch

None

50

Ice Fishing

All year

Crappie

8″

25

Ice Fishing

All year

All Other Species

None

None

Ice Fishing

All year

Carp, Suckers, Bowfin, Mullet (Redhorse), Gar

None

None

Ice fishing

All Year

Sauger

0

NA

No open season