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LCI Bass Open presented by Twisted Tea

 LCI Bass Open presented by Twisted Tea

Bass Federation Collegiate Cup Challenge

September 3, 2017

Lake Champlain International, Inc. brings competitive bass fishing to Lake Champlain. Head out to Malletts Bay after your best six bass. $3000 guaranteed to first place!

For more info, or to register, go to LCI Bass Open.

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36th Annual LCI Father’s Day Fishing Derby

Celebrate Family, Friends, & Fishing!

Welcome to the home page for the 2017 LCI Father's Day Fishing Derby on Lake Champlain

Fish Lake Champlain from boat or shore for 7 major prize categories that put 11 species into play in one of the best, multi-tiered fisheries in the country!

Options and ways to register for the LCI Father's Day Fishing Derby on Lake Champlain

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Kids Fishing Events Scheduled For May & June In Vermont

Over Three Dozen Kids Fishing Events Scheduled For May & June In Vermont

Over Three Dozen Kids Fishing Events Scheduled For May & June In Vermont

 

Over three dozen children’s fishing events are scheduled for May and June throughout Vermont, offering the opportunity for kids and families to enjoy the sport of fishing as well as the state’s natural resources.

“Fishing is a wonderful way for families and friends to take in Vermont’s great outdoors and spend time with each other,” said Ali Thomas, education manager with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “Between several educational programs run by Vermont Fish & Wildlife, and an assortment of kids fishing derbies and clinics hosted by local organizations across the state, there is tons of fishing fun to be had in the coming weeks.”

One of the more popular programs is “Let’s Go Fishing” (LGF), which uses trained volunteer instructors to teach and encourage young people and their families about fishing. The instructors teach basic fishing skills, how to use different types of tackle, the importance of good aquatic habitat, fishing ethics and fishing regulations.

Free LGF clinics are found throughout the state during any time of the year. For a complete list of LGF clinics, visit the “Fishing Events and Programs” page at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

Over Three Dozen Kids Fishing Events Scheduled For May & June In Vermont

Reel Fun Vermont

Vermont Fish & Wildlife also has a “Children’s Fishing Program” providing kids with the opportunity for a fun and successful fishing experience at locally organized events. Organizers of these events often include charitable, community, or non-profit groups such as fire departments, fish and game clubs, Rotary and Lions clubs, town recreation committees, 4-H clubs, and scouts groups, among others. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department provides eight-to-ten-inch stocked trout for the program.

A complete list of the children’s fishing events is updated periodically onthe “Fishing Events and Programs” page at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

Additionally, for the third consecutive year, Vermont Fish & Wildlife and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation are teaming up to enhance fishing opportunities and experiences at Vermont State Parks through the “Reel Fun” initiative. The program provides free fishing rods and tackle to state park visitors for loan to use at 18 different Vermont State Parks.

To buy a fishing license or learn more about fishing in Vermont, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

 

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Vermont Walleye Fishing Season Opens May 6

The Vermont walleye fishing season opens on Saturday, May 6, marking the return of some of the best walleye fishing in New England. The Vermont state record walleye was caught in Lake Champlain by Richard Levesque in 2010 and weighed 14 lbs. 8.8 oz.

Walleye are the largest member of the perch family, which also includes Yellow Perch and Sauger. They have a large, silvery eye, a white belly and flanks ranging from olive-brown to golden-yellow.

As a reminder to anglers, there is no open season on sauger, a close cousin to the walleye. Once abundant in southern Lake Champlain, sauger still appear there, though rarely. If caught , sauger must be immediately released. Walleye are differentiated from sauger, which they closely resemble, by their first dorsal fin which is dusky colored and spotless.

 

We saw some really nice, trophy-size walleye during our recent survey work, which certainly brightens the outlook a bit for the upcoming walleye season,” said Chet MacKenzie, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “The fishing conditions are also lining up to be exceptional for opening weekend as flows have dropped in many of the major spawning tributaries to Lake Champlain, meaning anglers will have a great opportunity to connect with post-spawn walleye.”

 

Where to Find Walleye

Vermont has excellent spring walleye fishing opportunities in a number of lakes and rivers across the state. Such opportunities include Lake Champlain and its tributaries – the Missisquoi, Lamoille and Winooski rivers and Otter Creek, Salem Lake, Island Pond, Clyde Pond and the Clyde River. 

Lake Carmi, Chittenden Reservoir and the Connecticut River, also offer quality walleye fishing but are subject to specific regulations.

Lake Champlain walleye hotspots include near Savage, Cedar and Fishbladder Islands in the Inland Sea, and around Juniper and Valcour Islands and the Four Brothers in the Broad Lake.

 

Walleye Fishing Regulations

In all waters of Vermont except Lake Carmi, Chittenden Reservoir and the Connecticut River, walleye have an 18” minimum length requirement and three-fish daily limit. The open season is from Saturday, May 6 to March 15, 2018.

Lake Carmi has a slot limit for walleye because of the lake’s high productivity and high rate of walleye harvest. The minimum length is 15 inches, all walleye between 17 and 19 inches must be released. The daily limit is five walleye, but only one may be over 19 inches long. The season is open May 6 through March 15.

Chittenden Reservoir has special walleye regulations to produce large walleye that can help control its over-abundant yellow perch population and offer anglers with an opportunity to harvest a trophy walleye. The minimum length is 22 inches, the daily limit is two, and the season is open June 1 through March 15.

Connecticut River walleye fishing rules are set by New Hampshire. No walleye between 16 and 18 inches may be kept and the daily limit is four fish, of which only one may be longer than 18 inches.

Anglers should reference the 2017 Vermont Fishing Guide & Regulations Digest or the new Online Fishing Regulations Tool at www.vtfishandwildlife.com to check a full listing of Vermont waters and all applicable regulations.

To buy a fishing license, or learn more about fishing in Vermont, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

 

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Fish Stocking Underway Across Vermont

Fish Stocking Underway Across Vermont

Vermont Fish & Wildlife to stock 1.2 million fish in 2017

Fish Stocking Underway Across VermontVermont Fish & Wildlife has begun fish stocking across the state. This effort will ultimately result in over 1 million fish being distributed into Vermont waters in 2017.

“While we did some pond and lake stocking earlier in April, our stream and river stocking work is beginning this week and will be in full swing for the month of May,” said Adam Miller, fish culture operations manager with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “Our stocking efforts, which are supported by our fish culture program, are designed to help maintain and restore fisheries, while also increasing recreational angling opportunities.”

The Department’s fish stocking work includes strategic distribution of brook, brown, lake, rainbow and steelhead rainbow trout, as well as landlocked Atlantic salmon and walleye.

A popular part of the stocking program is the trophy trout initiative, which stocks large, 2-year-old brook, brown and rainbow trout in lakes, ponds and rivers throughout Vermont.

“Nearly 15,000 trophy trout will be stocked this year, and anglers will be able to fish almost 21 miles of rivers and 16 lakes and ponds that are designated as trophy water,” Miller said.

The following streams will be stocked with trophy trout between now and mid-May:

Black River Otter Creek
East Creek Passumpsic River
Lamoille River Walloomsac River
Missisquoi River Winooski River

Stocking of trophy trout in the following lakes and ponds is also in progress:

Amherst Lake Lake Rescue
Black Pond Lake Shaftsbury
Echo Lake McIntosh Pond
Holland Pond Mill Pond
Kent Pond Miller Pond
Knapp Pond No. 1 Smith Pond
Lake Paran Stoughton Pond
Lake Raponda Sunset Lake

For a complete 2017 stocking schedule, to purchase a fishing license, or for more information on fishing in Vermont, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

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