Fishing in Vermont

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Home to the American Museum of Fly Fishing History, the Orvis company headquarters, and the famous Battenkill River, Vermont has a rich history in fly fishing that continues to grow as anglers partake of the world-class trout fishing that defines this state.

With headwaters in the Green Mountains, the Battenkill flows through the southwest corner of Vermont for nearly 50 miles before crossing into New York State. Anglers make the pilgrimage to the blue ribbon waters of the Battenkill to experience iconic hatches such as the Hendrickson, and test their dry fly fishing skills on the stream's wild brown trout, referred to by locals as ?Battenkill Gold.? Brook trout are also abundant in the Battenkill as well as in its tributaries such as the Roaring Branch, Bromley Brook, and the Green River. There are many small streams throughout the state including Otter Creek, the Walloomsac River, and the beginner-friendly Mettawee River, which is full of wild rainbows and browns. Some of the best native brook trout fishing in the state is found in the headwater streams in Green Mountain National Forest, and while most fish are under 10 inches, are generally very hungry and eager to take a fly.

While trout are the main attraction in Vermont, northern pike are also very popular among fly anglers and are widely available throughout the state. The best pike fishing takes place in Vermont?s many lakes, with Lake Bomoseen, Lake Hortonia, Lake St. Catherine, and Bristol Pond being some of the favorites. There is also outstanding smallmouth bass fishing to be had in Vermont in rivers such as the Connecticut, and lakes such as Memphremagog, Eden, and Seymore. No matter what species you're after, fishing in Vermont is very seasonal, with little or no action happening in the bitter cold winter months. Open season for trout is generally from April to October, but be sure to check with local authorities for exact dates.


VT Department of Fish & Wildlife
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
P: 802-828-1000

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