If you’ve been looking for a good excuse to give fishing a try, here it is! Saturday, June 14, is Vermont’s open-water Free Fishing Day -- the one day in the summer when residents and nonresidents may go fishing in the Green Mountain State without a fishing license.

Fishing is a quiet, relaxing way to enjoy Vermont’s scenic outdoors with many accompanying benefits. You can release any fish you catch, or take home some very fresh fish for dinner.

Anglers in Vermont can try for brook, brown or rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, walleye, and northern pike as well as other several other species.

At the same time, you will likely see several species of wildlife while fishing in Vermont. A bald eagle or osprey soaring overhead is an experience you will always remember. Whether you get out there alone, or take friends or family, a good day of fishing makes memories that will last a lifetime.

Vermont has 284 lakes and over 7,000 miles of clear streams offering the greatest variety of high quality fresh water fishing in the Northeast, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Finding a place to fish in Vermont is easy, but the department also hosts a special event especially for kids on Free Fishing Day in Grand Isle.

The “Grand Isle Fishing Festival” will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Free Fishing Day at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle. Designed for young anglers, this free event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a pond next to the hatchery.

To find out more about Vermont's great fishing opportunities and to plan your fishing trip, contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at 802-828-1000 and ask for a copy of the “Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws and Guide.” E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions or discover more from the website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

While there, check the new interactive page about Family Friendly Fishing spots: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/fish_familyfishing.cfm

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