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Fishing in Vermont, A brief look

Despite its small size, Vermont offers an abundance of coldwaters and offers some of the best fishing on the East Coast. Bordered by Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River, Vermont offers hundreds of fishing lakes and ponds. The creeks and streams spilling off the mountains. Fishing guides and expert fly fishermen remain king in the summer months when low waters keep most bait fishermen at bay until the fall run on spawning brook trout begins. Ice-fishing on Lake Champlain remains an institution and a unique fishing experience.

Some of the more popular Vermont fishing spots are Battenkilll River, Otter Creek, the Connecticut River and Lake Champlain. Otter Creek and Battenkill fishing guides will usually offer customized fishing trips throughout the areas of lower Vermont and the Catskills. Brown trout fishing is the most popular in the area. While Atlantic salmon can no longer be found along the Connecticut River, landlocked salon fishing is possible during spring spawning runs of bait fish and during their own fall spawn.

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Vermont Fishing Locations

Fishing in Vermont is the most prevalent in the following areas: Battenkill River, Otter Creek, the Connecticut River, Lake Champlain

Vermont Fishing Species

Popular Vermont fishing species include: Native brook trout, rainbow trout, large brown trout, shad, smallmouth bass, striped bass, carp, catfish, American eel, landlocked salmon, walleyes; Lake Champlain fishing: northern pike, chain pickerel, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon, whitefish, smelt, yellow perch, panfish, rock bass, muskellunge, lake sturgeon, cusk, cod

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