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Table 1: General Fishing Regulations

General Fishing Regulations for Vermont

Note different regulation for River/Stream and Lake/Pond.

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

Species

Type of Water Body

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Legal Methods

Open Seasons for Harvest

American Shad

All

NA

0

Catch and release open-water fishing

All Year

Anadromous Atlantic Salmon

All

NA

0

None

No open season

Bowfin, Mullet (Redhorse), Gar

River/Stream

None

No more than 5 of any one species

Open-water fishing

All Year

Lake/Pond

None

No more than 5 of any one species

Open-water fishing, Ice fishing, Spear gun, Bow and crossbow all with line attached

Brook Trout and Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

River/Stream

None

Total of brook + brown + rainbow = no more than 8

Open-water fishing

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Lake/Pond

None

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

Open-water fishing, Ice fishing

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31 and Jan 1 to March 15

Carp, Suckers (Longnose and White), Cull Fish

River/Stream

None

No limit

Open-water fishing

All year

Lake/Pond

None

No limit

Open-water fishing, Ice fishing, Spear gun, Bow and crossbow all with line attached

Crappie

All

8”

25

Open-water fishing, Ice Fishing

All Year

Lake Sturgeon

All

NA

0

No fishing

No open season

Lake Trout

River/Stream

18”

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

Open-water fishing

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

17”

Lake Trout

Lake/Pond

18”

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

Open-water fishing, Ice fishing

2nd Sat. in April to Oct. 31 and Jan 1 to March 15

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon

17”

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

All

10”

Total of largemouth + smallmouth = no more than 5

Open-water fishing, Ice fishing

2nd Sat. in June to March 15

Muskellunge

All

NA

0

Catch and release with artificial lures and flies only

All Year

Northern Pike

All

20”

5

Open-water fishing, Ice fishing

All Year

Rainbow Smelt

All

None

No limit

Open-water fishing, Ice fishing

All Year

Sauger

All

NA

0

None

No open season

Walleye

All

18”

3

Open-water fishing, Ice fishing

1st Sat. in May to March 15

Yellow Perch

All

None

50

Open-water fishing, Ice fishing

All Year

All Other Species

All

None

No limit

Open-water fishing, Ice fishing

All Year