Green Mountain National Forest

Fishing
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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is responsible for regulating and managing fishing throughout Vermont, including National Forest land. The Forest Service manages its land to provide a variety of habitats for fish.

Licenses: A Vermont fishing license is required for all persons 15 and older. Licenses are available at Town Halls, most sporting goods stores, and at many convenience stores. You should familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the State of Vermont before setting out.

Additional Information: A pocket sized booklet Vermont Digest of Fish and Wildlife Law (current year) is available where you obtain your license or through the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Montpelier, Vermont (802-828-3371), as well as at visitor information centers and the Middlebury Ranger District Office, Rte #7 South, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

The following is a list of popular fishing spots located in the Middlebury Area:

  • Lower New Haven River: Rainbow and brook trout are common here.
  • New Haven River: Brook trout in headwater area, rainbow and brown trout farther downstream.
  • Beaver Meadows: This area contains many surrounding ponds with brook trout.
  • Alder Brook: Good brook trout fishing in the chain of beaver ponds.
  • North Branch: Good brook trout area for the wily fisherman.
  • South Branch and Middle Branch: Good brook trout. This area has easy stream access, which makes it good fishing for both the young and the young at heart fisherman.
  • Middlebury River Narrows: Trophy trout taken below the falls.
  • Silver Lake and Goshen Dam: These lakes are stocked with rainbow trout, contain trophy browns, and are also favored brookie spots.
  • Lake Dunmore and Chittenden Reservoir: These two spots provide the most diversified fishing in the area. Land-locked salmon and lake trout plus various warm water species all are found in abundance in these great bodies of water.
  • Steam Mill Brook: Good brook trout stream.

    Paper and plastic wrappers, cans, and fishing lines degrade the water and the shore. Foil and other litter has been known to kill fish. Pack out what you bring in, and whenever you can, pick up and pack out trash that a less thoughtful person has left behind.

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