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Types of Fish in Vermont

Atlantic Salmon
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Bullhead
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Pickerel
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
Yellow Perch

Vermont draws in crowds for its foliage, but anglers are more likely to be interested in Lake Champlain and other waterways. With great options for trout, bass, and more, and some of the cleanest waters in the country, Vermont is a good choice for the traveling angler.

Fly fishing in Vermont does not get much better than the Willoughby River. Here steelhead leap from the water, so much so that the show is known to attract non-fishermen. Black River is another good spot for steelhead, without the traffic of the Willoughby.

Winooski River is a larger river but also yields great fly fishing. The Winooski is home to brook, brown, and rainbow trout. For a more challenging fly fishing experience you are sure to prove your skills at Battenkill River. Brook trout flow freely in the Battenkill River, but it is the brown trout that are known for being difficult to hook.

Vermont has very good bass fishing. A popular bass lake is Lake St. Catherine, which also provides a chance for sizable catfish. Lake Memphremagog is a paradise for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Though its bass are the most sought after, Lake Dunmore is also a habitat for lake trout, pike, and catfish. There are many smaller streams and ponds suited to bass in addition to the larger waterways as well.

Lake Champlain is a veritable paradise for fish, and if Champ exists then he eats quite well! Lake Champlain is a huge waterbody full of perch, bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, pike, walleye, salmon, and catfish. Additionally, Vermont has added muskellunge to its stocking program to revive the muskellunge population in Lake Champlain.

Given its large size, hot spots for catchable species varies. The most dispersed species are bass and trout, usually smallmouth, largemouth, and lake trout. Lake Champlain is arguably the best bass fishery within Vermont. Meanwhile, walleye are the more elusive than most species on Champlain.

If you think Lake Champlain is just for bass, think again! Champlain holds the state record for bluegill, gar, Atlantic salmon, sauger, sheepshead, rock bass, whitefish, yellow perch, and walleye! So, when in search of a trophy in Vermont, visit Lake Champlain!

Family fishing trips do well at Harriman Reservoir. Rainbow trout, perch, and bass are popular fish for all skill levels. This reservoir is also the state record holder in chain pickerel. Harriman Reservoir has ample shoreline, a picnic area, and hiking trails.

Anyone over the age of fifteen interested in Vermont’s waters will need a recreational fishing license. Licenses can be purchased from authorized agents statewide, by mailing in forms, or online. Non-resident military personnel stationed in Vermont may apply for a residential license, while residential personnel may apply to the Montpelier Fish and Wildlife office for a free license.

Recreational fishing licenses for both residents and non-residents come in three day, annual, youth annual, and five year. Non-residents may opt for one day or one week fishing for vacations. Non-resident prices are double that of residents, so you may want to wait and take advantage of Vermont’s free fishing day instead.
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Amherst Lake


Amherst Lake, just 2 miles from Plymouth, Vermont, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Amherst Lake include Reading, Ludlow and Ludlow. If Amherst Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Buffalo Brook, Kingdom Brook, Reading Pond Brook, Patch Brook, Barker Brook, Great Roaring Brook, Coleman Brook, Branch Brook, Whetstone Brook and Tinker Brook.
Closest Cities : Plymouth 2miles, Reading 5miles, Ludlow 6miles, Ludlow 6miles, Mount Holly 6miles


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Black Pond


Black Pond, just 2 miles from Hubbardton, Vermont, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Black Pond include Benson, Castleton and Fair Haven. If Black Pond doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Giddings Brook, Sucker Brook, Sucker Creek, Stacy Brook, Pond Hill Brook, North Breton Brook, Sanford Brook, Mud Brook, Big Brook and Bresee Mill Brook.
Closest Cities : Hubbardton 2miles, Benson 4miles, Castleton 5miles, Fair Haven 6miles, Sudbury 6miles


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Blake Pond


Sheffield, Vermont is location on Blake Pond. It's a great lake for both resident and visiting anglers to land a lunker! Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Blake Pond include Sutton, Wheelock and Glover. If Blake Pond doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Trout Brook, Nation Brook, Oregon Brook, Square Brook, Clark Brook, Chamberlain Brook, Webber Brook, Mathewson Brook, Wheeler Brook and Page Brook.
Closest Cities : Sheffield 0miles, Sutton 4miles, Wheelock 4miles, Glover 6miles, West Burke 6miles


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Blake Pond


Blake Pond, just 3 miles from Sutton, Vermont, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Blake Pond include Westmore, Sheffield and Barton. If Blake Pond doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Big Valley Brook, Wheeler Brook, Annis Brook, Willoughby Brook, Arcadia Brook, Richies Run, Mill Brook, Clark Brook, May Pond Brook and Roaring Brook.
Closest Cities : Sutton 3miles, Westmore 3miles, Sheffield 5miles, Barton 5miles, Barton 5miles


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Buck Lake


Buck Lake, just 1 miles from Woodbury, Vermont, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Buck Lake include Hardwick, Elmore and Cabot. If Buck Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Buck Lake Brook, Nichols Brook, Cooper Brook, Bunker Brook, Porter Brook, Millard Brook, Kate Brook, Haynesville Brook, Perkins Meadow Brook and Morrill Brook.
Closest Cities : Woodbury 1miles, Hardwick 4miles, Elmore 6miles, Cabot 6miles, Calais 7miles


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