Vermont Trout Roundup


Vermont is one of the better trout fishing states in the Northeast. Even though Vermont is small, it has miles of cold, clear trout streams.

Vermont doesn't have the large number of lakes and ponds typical of other New England states, but the huge Lake Champlain (278,400 acres) more than makes up for it. The Green Mountain State has good fishing throughout including some of the best wilderness fishing in the Northeast in the Green Mountains.

Many of the trout waters are in rural areas, and this in a sparsely populated state. Anglers can find solitude and beauty in the state's rocky and forested rolling hills and fish for brook trout in seldom-fished backcountry beaver ponds.

Postcard scenes exist along every river, where anglers can be found fishing in the autumn glow of Vermont's fall, with covered bridges in the background.

Most of Vermont's coldwater fisheries are stocked with trout, but some areas, like the Green Mountain region, support native, self-reproducing strains of trout. The middle reaches of most of the streams hold rainbows, and the warmer, wider sections hold browns.

Insect hatches can be good on some rivers, but for the most part they are sporadic, inconsistent hatches. Spin fishing and bait fishing are popular forms of fishing for trout in Vermont.

Bait fishermen tend to use nightcrawlers and golden shiners. Spincasters have good luck with lures and spinners, especially in the deeper pools.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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