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Vermont’s Family-Friendly Fishing Opportunities

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Finding a good place to take the kids fishing can seem like a mystery if you haven’t ventured out before, but we are providing some clues to make it a lot easier by putting together a web-based list of over 20 family-friendly fishing hotspots.

Making Memories

Your kids are growing up so fast it won’t be long before they’re on their own. What memories will you be able to share with them? Chances are they won’t remember their best day of watching television, but take them fishing and you’ll make memories you can share for a lifetime.

Where to Go? Ask the Experts!

Vermont offers many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors while fishing with family and friends. We’ve asked our experts, our fishery biologists, to compile this list of family-friendly fishing opportunities. We’ve chosen locations across the state where you can take the kids fishing and have an excellent chance of catching some fish. This list offers just a taste of countless fishing opportunities across Vermont—you could spend a lifetime exploring our rivers and lakes and never run out of new places to go

All the destinations provide opportunities to fish from shore, and at some, you can rent a boat or launch your own. Some locations also offer other fun activities like swimming and playgrounds to complement your fishing trip.

We Make it Easy

  • Kids under the age of 15 can fish without a license.
  • Special fishing license for youths 15 to 17 years old.
  • We have a Free Fishing Day, usually the second Saturday in June, when anyone can fish in Vermont without a license.
  • We offer one, three and seven-day fishing licenses.

Visit to learn more about fishing opportunities—including directions, a list of fish species present, a satellite image overview, and links to additional helpful information.


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