Northern Vermont has plenty of fish and places to catch them

460 Marsh Farm Road (Route 236) Enosberg Falls, VT, 05450 Phone: 802-933-8383

One of VT’s top 5 parks for paddling & boating; lots of campsites; pets not allowed in day use area

At 1375 acres, Carmi is the fourth largest lake in Vermont. Fish species in the lake are northern pike, walleyes, and other warm water species. The state park includes over two miles of frontage on the shores of Lake Carmi.
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Marshfield Reservoir (aka Molly’s Falls Reservoir)

US Route 2 Cabot, VT Phone:

Description: The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department access area offers plenty of opportunity to fish from shore, including two fishing platforms. You can also launch a boat here if you like.
Species: You can expect to catch smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, and yellow perch. Though rare when compared with these species, northern pike also live in the reservoir. Trout are stocked here, but the best trout fishing will be in the spring before the water gets too warm and they move to deeper waters.
Location: US Route 2.
Directions: The access area is on US Route 2, roughly midway between Montpelier and St. Johnsbury.

Newark Pond

Newark Pond Road Newark, VT Phone:

Description: The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department owns an access area near the north end of the pond. You can either cast from the access area or from the shoulder of the road, which travels right along the north end of the pond. You can also fish from the road shoulder at the dry hydrant, further south. If you have a boat, you can launch one at the access area.
Species: Smallmouth bass and yellow perch are abundant in this pond. The bass tend to be small, but the average size of the perch is larger than most ponds in the area. The pond is stocked with trout, but when the water gets warm in summer, they go to deeper water, and you won’t be able to catch them from shore.
Techniques: The weedbed near the access area provides cover for fish. Rig up with a worm under a bobber and cast toward the weeds. A small spinner is a good choice for an artificial lure.
Directions: From Lyndonville, head north on US Route 5. In the village of West Burke, turn right onto VT Route 5A. After 0.8 miles, turn right onto Newark Street. Travel on Newark Street for about 5.8 miles, and turn left onto Newark Pond Rd. You will come to the pond in about another 1.4 miles.

36 East Shore South Grand Isle, VT Phone: 802-372-4300

Many campsites; large sandy beach, swimming, shore fishing, sports fields

Shore fishing in Lake Champlain is simple at this destination park, very popular for family camping and water sports. Areas along the lake shore permit access for swimming and shore fishing. Registered campers may launch boats. Kayaks and rowboats are available for rent. Campers are allowed free entry to the sand beach at Knight Point State Park (seven miles to the north) and Alburg Dunes State Park (19 miles to the north).
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Lower Winooski River

Description: There are two public access areas on the lower Winooski River, which is located in Colchester and Burlington and drains into Lake Champlain. Both access areas have fishing platforms, and the fishing is often good right from the platforms. At Windermere Way Access Area you can walk down the bike path and get near the mouth of the river. The fishing platform at Windermere Way is also accessible to wheelchairs. The Heineberg Bridge Access Area is further upstream, where VT Route 127 crosses the river.
Species: The Lower Winooski River has any species found in Lake Champlain. Some common species you should expect to encounter are: yellow perch, white perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass, brown bullhead, and northern pike. In general, mid-May through fall offers excellent fishing in the lower river, but the variety and abundance of species will change through the season.
Directions: To get to Windermere Way Access Area, take I-89 to Exit 16. Head north on US Route 7 toward Colchester. Turn left onto Blakely Road and travel to Lakeshore Drive. Bear left onto Lakeshore Drive and continue to Holy Cross Road. Continue on Holy Cross to a 4-way intersection where you will continue straight towards Colchester Point. Turn left onto Windermere Way and follow to the access area.
To get to the Heineburg Bridge Access Area, take Exit 16 from I-89 onto US Route 7. Travel north for approximately 2 miles to Colchester, then turn left onto VT Route 127. Travel on VT Route 127 approximately 4 miles to Malletts Bay, then turn left onto Prim Road (Rte. 127 continuation). Travel another 1.75 miles on Rte 127/Prim Road, and the entrance to the Access Area will be on the right just before Rte 127 crosses the Winooski River.

96 Bellwater Avenue Barton, VT, 05822 Phone: 802-525-6205

Swimming and boating in a glacial lake; cottage for rent; pets not allowed

Crystal Lake is a glacial lake surrounded by rough mountains. The beach is a mile of sandy shoreline with a swimming area. The granite bathhouse has bathrooms, changing areas, and a concession stand. Also: picnic tables, charcoal grills, play areas, boats and canoes are for rent. The Crystal Lake cottage is for rent; it accommodates up to six people. Open : Memorial Day-Labor Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
Park map.

2714 Hathaway Point Road St. Albans, VT, 05481 Phone: 802-534-6021

Swimming and boating; kayaks for rent; public boat ramp; pets not allowed

Located on the southern end of St. Albans Point, a long, narrow peninsula, Kamp Kill Kare State Park has a swimming area and a public boat launching ramp that reaches deep water quickly. There are kayaks for rent. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
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Shelburne Bay

Bay Road Shelburne, VT Phone:

Description: Shelburne Bay is a large bay on Lake Champlain. You can fish along the shoreline at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s access area, with best fishing from the bridge on Bay Road to the point. You can also access the La Platte River, where the best fishing is usually found closer to the bridge.
Species: This access area offers excellent fishing both in Shelburne Bay and in the La Platte River for fish species such as yellow perch, white perch, bluegill sunfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, rock bass, brown bullhead, and northern pike. If you fish in early spring and late fall, you may encounter lake trout or rainbow trout. Late spring and early summer offers excellent fishing for panfish and bass and northern pike.
Location: Bay Road.
Directions: Take US Route 7 to Shelburne and turn west onto Bay Road. Travel west on Bay Road approximately 1 mile, and the Access Area will be on the right. Once at the access area you can either fish the La Platte River (Bay Road crosses this river) or Shelburne Bay and Lake Champlain itself.