Fishing Information

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  • Fishing Overview

    The cold, clear water of Vermont’s lakes and streams provide excellent fishing opportunities throughout the state in a magnificent natural setting. Mountain streams are prime spots for brook, brown and rainbow trout. Our lakes and ponds are known for bass, walleye, pike and other species.

    Vermont State Parks are a gateway to these waterways and offer great fishing for a day on the lake, or a week-long base camp. Lake Carmi, Bomoseen and Lake St. Catherine, for instance, are some favorite fishing destinations. Seyon Lodge State Park, located on Noyes Pond in the Groton Forest, is renowned as Vermont's sole public fly-fishing-only pond in Vermont.

    Most parks located on the water provide canoe, kayak and row boat rentals and many sell fishing licenses.

    Additionally, parks sometimes host "Let's Go Fishing" clinics with trained instructors.

    FUN FACT: 46 of 52 Vermont State Parks have fishing opportunities directly on site or within a short walking distance.

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    Fish Species in Vermont State Parks

    There are many species of fish in the lakes throughout Vermont. Click the buttons below for a complete list of parks and fish species.

    Northwest:

    Alburgh Dunes, Burton Island, Grand Isle, Kill Kare, Knight Island, Knight Point, Lake Carmi, Niquette Bay, North Hero, Sand Bar, Woods Island

    Park Water Body Brook Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Salmon Lake Trout Perch Walleye Pike Pickerel Large Mouth Bass Small Mouth Bass Bullhead Panfish
    Alburgh Dunes Lake Champlain
    Burton Island Lake Champlain
    Grand Isle Lake Champlain
    Kill Kare Lake Champlain
    Knight Island Lake Champlain
    Knight Point Lake Champlain
    Lake Carmi Lake Carmi
    Niquette Bay Lake Champlain
    North Hero Lake Champlain
    Sand Bar Lake Champlain
    Woods Island Lake Champlain

    Northeast:

    Boulder Beach, Brighton, Crystal Lake, Elmore, Green River Reservoir, Kettle Pond, Little River, Maidstone, Molly's Falls Pond, New Discovery, Ricker Pond, Seyon Lodge, Stillwater, Waterbury Center

    Park Water Body Brook Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Salmon Lake Trout Perch Walleye Pike Pickerel Large Mouth Bass Small Mouth Bass Bullhead Panfish
    Boulder Beach Lake Groton
    Brighton Spectacle Pond
    Brighton Island Pond
    Crystal Lake Crystal Lake
    Elmore Lake Elmore
    Green River Reservoir Green River Reservoir
    Kettle Pond Kettle Pond
    Little River Waterbury Reservoir
    Maidstone Maidstone Lake
    Molly's Falls Pond Molly's Falls Pond
    New Discovery Osmore Pond
    Ricker Pond Ricker Pond
    Seyon Lodge Noyes Pond
    Stillwater Lake Groton
    Waterbury Center Waterbury Reservoir

    Southwest:

    Bomoseen, Branbury, Button Bay, D.A.R., Emerald Lake, Half Moon Pond, Kingsland Bay, Lake St. Catherine, Lake Shaftsbury, Woodford

    Park Water Body Brook Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Salmon Lake Trout Perch Walleye Pike Pickerel Large Mouth Bass Small Mouth Bass Bullhead Panfish
    Bomoseen Lake Bomoseen
    Branbury Lake Dunmore
    Button Bay Lake Champlain
    D.A.R. Lake Champlain
    Emerald Lake Emerald Lake
    Half Moon Pond Half Moon Pond
    Kingsland Bay Lake Champlain
    Lake St. Catherine Lake St. Catherine
    Lake Shaftsbury Lake Shaftsbury
    Woodford Adams Reservoir

    Southeast:

    Camp Plymouth, Gifford Woods, Jamaica, Lowell Lake, Quechee, Silver Lake, Wilgus

    Park Water Body Brook Trout Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Salmon Lake Trout Perch Walleye Pike Pickerel Large Mouth Bass Small Mouth Bass Bullhead Panfish
    Camp Plymouth Echo Lake
    Gifford Woods Kent Pond
    Jamaica West River
    Lowell Lake Lowell Lake
    Quechee Ottauquechee River
    Silver Lake Silver Lake
    Wilgus Connecticut River

    Fly Fishing

    Seyon Lodge State Park, located on Noyes Pond in the Groton Forest, is Vermont’s only public fly-fishing trout pond and is a favorite of anglers near and far.

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