Guides, locations, fishing licenses, for fishing on a Vermont vacationFresh water fishing and fly fishing are abundant in Vermont's lakes and rivers and streams. The state Department of Fish & Wildlife offers guides, licenses, information about fishing tournaments, derbys, and other fishing events. Boat ramps are numerous and easy to find. Vermont is also a great state for padding canoes and kayaks.
Fishing licenses are required for all persons over the age of 14. Resident and nonresident licenses may be purchased online or by mail from the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife Department , many sporting goods stores, convenience stores, some town clerk offices, and at the Fish & Wildlife office in Waterbury, at 802-241-3700. Licenses expire on December 31.
22 Cedar Mountain Road Castleton, VT, 05743 Phone: 802-265-4242
Good for camping, swimming, fishing, boating (boat rentals); pets allowed in campground
118 Button Bay State Park Road Vergennes, VT, 05491 Phone: 802-475-2377
Camping above Lake Champlain; great views; lifeguarded pool; trails; nature center
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1621 Black Pond Road Fair Haven, VT, 05743 Phone: 802-273-2848
Kid-friendly fishing opportunities in pond and 2 lakes; fish for bass, yellow perch, and panfish
Family-friendly fishing guidelines.
See a full description of Half Moon Pond State Park.
48 Salmon Hole Lane Jamaica, VT Phone: 802-874-4600
Tent/trailer camping; autumn white water release; good fishing; pets allowed
See full description of Jamaica State Park.
177 Reservoir Road Waterbury Center, VT, 05677 Phone: 802-244-1226
Rated one of VT’s top five parks for paddling and boating; also, swimming, fishing; no pets
See: Waterbury Reservoir Boating guidelines.
See full description of Waterbury Center State Park
Union Village Dam
65 Emerald Lake Lane East Dorset, VT, 05253 Phone: 802-362-1655
Best for camping, swimming, paddling, fishing, walking & hiking; motorized boats prohibited
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2714 Hathaway Point Road St. Albans, VT, 05481 Phone: 802-534-6021
Seimming and boating from a peninsula; kayaks for rent; public boat ramp; pets not allowed
See full description of Kamp Kill Kare State Park.
Species: You can expect to catch largemouth and smallmouth bass and yellow perch. Trout are stocked here, but the best trout fishing will be in the spring before the water gets too warm.
Directions: Get off of Interstate 89 at exit 5, and head west on VT Route 64 for 2.8 miles, then turn left (south) onto VT Route 12 for about 4.2 miles. Turn left (east onto) VT-65. You will come to Sunset Lake in about 3 miles (just after you cross the interstate).
3570 Lake Dunmore Road (Route 53) Brandon, VT, 05733 Phone: 888-409-7579
Popular for hiking and swimming; pets allowed in day use area and campsites
See a full description of Branbury State Park.
Colton and Kent Ponds
VT Route 100 Killington, VT Phone:
Species: Kent Pond has a very abundant largemouth bass population. It also has pumpkinseed sunfish, and you can catch trout there in the spring. Colton Pond offers largemouth bass, yellow perch, and early season brook trout fishing.
Directions: Both ponds can be easily accessed from VT Route 100, just north of the junction with US Route 4.
Species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, bullhead, and pumpkinseed sunfish can be found in Echo Lake. Trout are also stocked there, but your best fishing for them will be in the spring.
Directions: From US Route 4 travel south on VT Route 100 for 10.5 miles. At Echo Lake Inn (on your right), turn left onto Kingdom Road. Drive 0.7 miles and turn left onto Camp Road. State Park is 0.5 miles up road on your left.
Species: Largemouth bass, yellow perch, bullhead, and pumpkinseed sunfish can be found in Echo Lake. Trout are also stocked there, but your best fishing for them will be in the spring.
Directions: From I-91, get off at exit 8 and travel west on VT Route 131 for about 6.8 miles. Turn left (south) onto VT Route 106. After about 1.8 miles, turn left onto Stoughton Pond Road. The US Army Corps of Engineers day-use area will be on your left just before the road crosses the dam.
Bullhead Pond Road Manchester, VT Phone:
Species: Largemouth bass, yellow perch, and brown bullhead live in the pond. Brook trout are stocked there, but if your preference is for trout, you will have to go in the spring before the water gets too warm.
Directions: Take VT Route 7A north from Manchester for about 3.2 miles. Just north of the Manchester Country Club golf course and then Fin Bar Road on your right, turn right onto the driveway which will take you to the north side of the pond.
Species: Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, bullhead.
Directions: From the junction of VT Route 100 and VT Route 11 in Londonderry Village, travel east on VT-11 for about 3 miles. Turn left (north) onto Lowell Lake Road. Icehouse Road will bring you to a parking area near the lake.
Species: Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead
Directions: From the junction of VT Route 100 and VT Route 30 in Rawsonville, travel west on VT-30 for about 2.8 miles. Turn right (north) onto River Rd, which becomes Gale Meadow Road Follow Gale Meadow Road to the fishing access area (roughly 2 miles from VT-30).
3034 VT Route 30 South Poultney, VT, 05764 Phone: 802-287-9158
Lakeside camping; beach; boating, fishing; boat rentals; pets allowed except in day use area
Sawdaga Lake Road, off Route 100 Whitingham, VT Phone:
Species: Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, bullhead.
Directions: From Brattleboro, travel west on VT Route 9 for about 17.5 miles. Turn left (south) onto VT Route 100. After a little over 6 miles, look for Sadawga Lake Road on your left.
36 East Shore South Grand Isle, VT Phone: 802-372-4300
Lots of campsites; large sandy beach, swimming, shore fishing, sports fields
See a full description of Grand Isle State Park.
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.
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.
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
See a full description of Lake Carmi State Park.
Bay Road Shelburne, VT Phone:
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.
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.
96 Bellwater Avenue Barton, VT, 05822 Phone: 802-525-6205
Swimming and boating in glacial lake; cottage for rent; pets not allowed
Species: Largemouth bass and pumpkinseed sunfish are abundant in this pond. The pond is also stocked with brook trout, but your best chances of catching them will be in the spring before the water gets too warm.
Directions: Get off of Interstate 89 at exit 5, and head west on VT Route 64 for 2.8 miles, then turn left (south) onto VT Route 12. The Baker Pond Access Area will be on your right in about 4.2 miles.