Harvesting and eating a freshly caught fish is part of the angling experience. However, catch and release fishing can also be enjoyable. Starting in 2014, the Fish & Wildlife Department has added several stretches of catch & release fishing throughout Vermont, which are listed in General Requirements & Prohibitions. When releasing fish, it is important to follow these steps to ensure the fish will survive to fight another day:
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO FISH IS $500
Atlantic salmon live in the Connecticut River and its tributaries. Your cooperation is essential for their survival. Know the difference between trout and salmon. Young salmon (parr) resemble brown trout. Familiarize yourself with the difference. Most parr rarely exceed 6 inches in length. Violations of the law governing Atlantic salmon may result in a $500 fine.
Vermont Fishing Access Areas
Now Searchable on the Web
Planning a fishing or boating trip in Vermont just got easier. Vermont Fish & Wildlife has developed a website to help boaters find access points to lakes and rivers for fishing and other recreation.
You can learn directions to access areas and what fish species may be caught. You can also search to locate access areas within a county or on a body of water, and you can select areas with docks.
All Vermont Fish & Wildlife fishing access areas are provided free to the public for angling and boat access. Of the
department’s 176 fishing access areas, 134 have a ramp for launching boats. Those without ramps provide carry-in boat access or shore fishing.
Learn more and check for details at www.vtfishandwildlife.com/fish_accessareas.cfm.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.