Using the Indexes, Tables & Maps

Fishing Regulations Vermont Freshwater Fishing

Indexes and Tables

First, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Definitions of Terms and the General Fishing Requirements and Prohibitions.

Next, reference the appropriate index for the water(s) you are fishing:

  • If the waterbody you want to fish is a river, stream, brook, or creek, go to the Index of Rivers and Streams.
  • If it is a lake, pond, reservoir, or impoundment, go to the Index of Lakes and Ponds.

If the waterbody IS LISTED in the INDEX, the number in the “Table” column will direct you to TABLE 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 for open-water fishing, or TABLE 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 for ice fishing.

If the waterbody is NOT LISTED in the INDEX, then the general regulations contained in Tables 1–4 apply.

EXAMPLE: Trout River in Montgomery is NOT LISTED in the Index of Rivers and Streams. Table 1 contains the general regulations for rivers, streams, brooks, and creeks not listed in the INDEX of Rivers and Streams.

The Index of Rivers and Streams lists the specific map page where the stream is located and the stream section number, which is also located on the map page.

Similarly, the Index of Lakes and Ponds also contains information useful to anglers. The “Map” column directs you to the map page for the specific lake or pond. The “Lake Area” column contains the surface area of the waterbody in acres, and the “Access” column lists the type of access area(s) present. The final two columns list any applicable boating restrictions.

Important: Waterbody-specific regulations, also known as special regulations, always override general regulations. Please be sure to check for any special regulations specific to the waters you are fishing.


Begin by finding the area of the state where you want to fish on the large overview map, and note which detailed map it falls within. Then use the detailed map that contains many symbols that show the locations of access areas, special regulation rivers and streams and lakes and ponds, as well as public lands. The key is a good guide to these symbols, but more detailed information is provided below.

  • Where can I launch my boat? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department maintains fishing access areas to waterways throughout Vermont. Access areas are indicated on the map by the yellow circles. The half-yellow and half-black circles indicate an access area with a boat ramp usable by a trailer, while the full yellow circle indicates an access area that services only carry-on boats such as canoes and kayaks.
  • What are the regulations on my waterway? Some waters have special fishing regulations. Rivers and streams with special regulations are highlighted by BLUE and RED lines. Lakes and ponds with special regulations are highlighted in ORANGE. The regulations for a waterbody with special regulations are listed for rivers and streams, and on lakes and ponds. Special regulation waterbodies are labeled with a number (BLUE circle with number on map) that is found on the second to last column on the charts. Especially helpful are the General Fish Regulation tables, which are sorted by species of fish and waterbody type.
  • Are there nuisance species for which I should be alert? Aquatic nuisance species are labeled with PINK circles. On these waterbodies, take care to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species. Practices to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species should always be employed when visiting ANY waterbody, regardless of whether a known infestation is present; invasive species or fish diseases could be present but not yet detected. For more information on aquatic nuisance species.