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Title 10 Appendix : Vermont Fish and Wildlife Regulations

Chapter 002 : FISH

Subchapter 002 : SEASONS, WATERS, AND LIMITS

(Cite as: 10 App. V.S.A. § 122)
  •  [Section 122 effective until January 1, 2020; see also section 122 effective January 1, 2020 .]

     

    § 122. Fish Management Regulation

    1.0 Authority

    This rule is adopted pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4081(b). In adopting this rule, the Fish and Wildlife Board is following the policy established by the General Assembly that the protection, propagation, control, management, and conservation of fish, wildlife and fur-bearing animals in this state is in the interest of the public welfare and that the safeguarding of this valuable resource for the people of the state requires a constant and continual vigilance.

    In accordance with 10 V.S.A. § 4082, this rule is designed to maintain the best health, population and utilization levels of Vermont's fisheries.

    In accordance with 10 V.S.A. § 4083, this rule establishes open seasons; establishes daily, season, possession limits and size limits; prescribes the manner and means of taking fish; and prescribes the manner of transportation and exportation of fish.

     2.0 Purpose

    It is the policy of the State that the protection, propagation control, management and conservation of fish, wildlife, and fur-bearing animals in this State is in the interest of the public welfare, and that safeguarding of this valuable resource for the people of the State requires a constant and continual vigilance.

     3.0 Open-Water Fishing, legal methods of taking fish

     3.1 Definitions

    3.1.1 Department - Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    3.1.2 Commissioner - Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Commissioner.

    3.1.3 Open-water fishing - Fishing by means of hook and line in hand or

    attached to a rod or other device in open water. Fishing by casting or

    trolling baited hooks, artificial flies or lures is considered open-water

    fishing.

    3.1.4 Baited Hook - A single shank hook with 1, 2, or 3 points which

    may be baited with natural or artificial bait or both.

    3.1.5 Lure - A man-made device designed to catch only 1 fish at a time,

    to include a spoon, plug, spinner, bait harness, tandem hook streamer or

    lead head jig.

    3.1.6 Fly - A single pointed hook dressed with feathers, hair, thread,

    tinsel, or any similar material wound on or about the hook to which no

    hooks, spinners, spoons, or similar devices have been added.

    3.1.7 Handheld Spear - A manually powered spear used from above the

    water's surface.

    3.1.8 Speargun - A pneumatic or rubber band powered device, with a

    line not to exceed 20 feet attached to a spear, used from below the

    water's surface.

    3.1.9 Cull Fish - Carp, tench, rudd, shad (alewife and gizzard shad), and

    goldfish. Additional invasive/exotic fish species may be designated by

    the Commissioner as "cull fish."

    3.1.10 Immediate Control - Such constant control as would enable the

    angler to respond forthwith to a fish taking their bait, lure or fly promptly

    and without any delay.

    3.1.11 Snagging - Snagging shall mean the intentional hooking of a fish

    in a place other than the inside of the fish's mouth. No person shall pull,

    jerk or otherwise purposefully and/or repeatedly manipulate a hook, or

    hooks and line to snag or hook a fish in any method other than to entice a

    fish into taking, by mouth, a hook, lure or fly. Repeated and/or

    exaggerated jerking or pulling of the fishing line and/or hooks in any

    attempt to snag fish, whether it results in physically snagging a fish or

    not, shall be prima facie evidence that snagging has taken place. This

    shall not apply to the use of a gaff to land a fish that has been legally

    hooked.

     3.2 Whether still fishing, casting, or trolling in Vermont waters, a person may take fish only by using not more than two lines over which he or she has immediate control and to each of which lines is attached not more than two baited hooks, or more than three artificial flies, or more than two lures with or without bait, except that at Seymour Lake and Little Averill Lake a person may take fish only by using not more than one line.

     3.3 A person open-water fishing shall not take fish through the ice, from the ice, or from an object supported by the ice.

     3.4 A person shall not take any fish pursuant to subsection (3.2) unless it is hooked in the mouth. Any fish taken under subsection (3.2) that is not hooked in the mouth shall be immediately released pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4602. A fish hooked in any part of the body other than in the mouth shall be considered to be foul hooked, and shall be prima facie evidence of foul hooking.

     3.5 Taking or attempting to take fish by snagging is prohibited in all Vermont Waters.

     4.0 Ice Fishing

     4.1 Definitions

    4.1.1 Ice Fishing - Ice fishing is defined as fishing by means of hook and

    line in hand or attached to a rod, tip-up, jack or bob, where the angler is

    fishing through a hole in the ice, from the ice or on an object supported

    by the ice. Fishing by casting or trolling baited hooks, artificial flies or

    lures shall not be considered ice fishing.

     4.2 Fish may be taken through the ice with not more than two baited hooks or three artificial flies or two lures on each line. A person shall not operate more than eight lines, except on Lake Champlain where no more than 15 lines may be operated, and except on Seymour and Little Averill Lakes, where not more than four lines may be operated.

     4.3 A person ice fishing shall at all times, have immediate control over all lines they operate. A person ice fishing shall be able to visually observe lines they operate. Any line that indicates a fish shall be tended with 30 minutes.

     4.4 A person shall not take any fish pursuant to subsection (4.2) unless it is hooked in the mouth. Any fish taken under subsection (4.2) that is not hooked in the mouth shall be immediately released pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4602. A fish hooked in any part of the body other than in the mouth shall be considered to be foul hooked, and shall be prima facie evidence of foul hooking.

     4.5 The definitions of section 3 are applicable to this section.

     4.6 Taking or attempting to take fish by snagging is prohibited in all Vermont Waters.

     5.0 The taking, possessing, transporting, use and selling of baitfish

     5.1 Purpose

    5.1.1 This rule applies to fish used as bait. This rule shall apply to all

    persons who take, possess, transport, use, or deal with baitfish.

    5.1.2 The purpose of this paragraph is to: a) protect the fish, and fisheries

    in the state, b) ensure the conservation of the fish and fisheries in the

    state, c) maintain the best health of species of the State, d) prevent the

    introduction or spread of a disease or parasite harmful to humans and

    wild species, and e) prevent the escape or release of non-native species

    or species injurious to or competitive with natural ecological systems and

    processes.

     5.2 Definitions

    5.2.1 "Application" means a specific form provided by the Department

    of Fish and Wildlife.

    5.2.2 "Baitbox" means a receptacle used for holding or keeping baitfish

    alive for personal use. A legal baitbox shall not exceed 25 cubic feet in

    volume.

    5.2.3 "Baitfish" means fish species and parts thereof, living or dead, used

    for the purpose of attracting and catching fish.

    5.2.4 "Commercial Dealing, dealing, or deal" means to sell as defined in

    10 V.S.A. § 4001, subsection (22).

    5.2.5 "Fish Hatchery" refers to any fish culture station, hatchery, or

    artificial rearing pond which grows or maintains baitfish for sale in

    Vermont.

    5.2.6 "Permit" is a document from the Commissioner granting a

    Commercial Bait Dealers Permit.

    5.2.7 "Waterbody" means any lake, pond, river, or stream including all

    tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable to upstream fish

    movement.

    5.2.8 "Commercially Preserved Baitfish" means baitfish which are

    chemically treated in a manner approved by the Department, and then

    packaged for retail sale.

    5.2.9 "Personal Baitfish Harvest" means baitfish taken for

    noncommercial use.

     5.3 Personal Baitfish Harvest

    5.3.1 Personally harvested baitfish may be used only on the same

    waterbody from which they were collected.

    5.3.2 A person may harvest for baitfish only those fish species listed

    under paragraphs 5.6.1, 5.6.2 and 5.6.3.

    5.3.3 It is unlawful to take baitfish for personal use other than by the

    following methods: a) minnow traps no longer than eighteen inches with

    an entrance for fish not exceeding one inch in diameter, b) dip nets, cast

    nets, and umbrella nets not exceeding a total of 51 square feet of mesh,

    or a seine net not exceeding 25 feet in length, c) Open-water/ice fishing

    by hook and line.

    5.3.4 The personal harvest of baitfish is unlawful in Seasonally Closed

    Waters as listed in Section 9.0 of this regulation, except during the open

    season for trout, and is prohibited in streams as specified in Section 9.2.

    Baitfish harvest shall be conducted only by Open-water/ice fishing or the

    use of minnow traps no longer than eighteen inches with an entrance for

    fish not exceeding one inch in diameter.

    5.3.5 All traps, nets, baitboxes or other holding receptacles capable of

    taking, holding or keeping live baitfish in public waters must be marked

    with the name and address of the owner and user.

    5.3.6 Personally harvested baitfish shall not be transported by motorized

    vehicle away from the waterbody from which they were collected.

    5.3.7 Baitfish may be held on the water in a pen or baitbox as defined in

    paragraph 5.2.2.

    5.3.8 Personally harvested baitfish may be collected from a waterbody's

    tributaries upstream to the first impassable barrier for use on such

    waterbody. Personally harvested baitfish shall not be transported

    upstream beyond the first impassable barrier.

    5.3.9 The personal harvest of baitfish is prohibited on any waterbody of

    the State that is defined as closed to baitfish harvest. The Department

    will maintain and make available a list of closed waters.

    5.3.10 Fish eggs may be collected from legally harvested fish from

    Vermont waters, and used immediately as bait on the same water where

    taken unless that waterbody has been closed to baitfish collection. It is

    illegal to move personally harvested fish eggs to any other waterbody. It

    is illegal to transport fish eggs away from and return them to the same

    waterbody for use as bait unless they have been processed in a manner

    approved by the Department as described on the Department website.

     5.4 Commercially Purchased Baitfish

    5.4.1 It is unlawful to import baitfish into the State of Vermont without a

    Fish Importation Permit, except as provided for in paragraphs 5.4.7 and

    5.4.8.

    5.4.2 A person purchasing baitfish shall retain and show upon request a

    transportation receipt issued by a State-approved commercial bait dealer,

    authorizing transportation of baitfish overland by motorized vehicle. The

    receipt shall contain the following information: 1) A unique receipt

    identification number, 2) The name and telephone number of the bait

    dealer, 3) time and date of sale, 4) species purchased, 5) quantity

    purchased, 6) waterbody (limited to one) on which the baitfish will be

    used, 7) signature of purchaser.

    5.4.3 A transportation receipt shall be valid for 96 hours from time and

    date of sale.

    5.4.4 A person may transport unused commercially purchased baitfish

    away from waters of the State by motorized vehicle, and retain for later

    use on the same waterbody as indicated on the baitfish transportation

    receipt, within 96 hours from time and date of sale.

    5.4.5 A person transporting unused commercially purchased baitfish

    away from the waterbody indicated on the baitfish transportation receipt

    for later use on said waterbody shall not hold them in any other water of

    the State. These baitfish must be kept in a closed container isolated from

     any inflow of lake, pond or stream water, or outflow to such waters of

    the State.

    5.4.6 Baitfish may be held beyond the 96 hour period on the water in a

    pen or baitbox as per paragraph 5.2.2.

    5.4.7 A person may purchase baitfish from a New York baitshop for use

    on Lake Champlain only, provided the baitshop is Vermont-licensed, and

    the baitfish are accompanied by a Vermont-issued baitfish transportation

    receipt.

    5.4.8 A person may purchase baitfish from a New Hampshire baitshop

    for use on the Connecticut River and its setbacks only, provided the

    baitshop is Vermont-licensed, and the baitfish are accompanied by a

    Vermont-issued baitfish transportation receipt. For the purposes of this

    paragraph, the Connecticut River is defined as all waters of the river

    including the bays, setbacks, and tributaries, only to the first highway

    bridge crossing said tributaries on the Vermont side.

    5.4.9 Commercially prepared and preserved baitfish and fish eggs

    available from retail stores may be purchased and used as bait, and may

    be taken home and kept for later use, provided they are retained in the

    original packaging at all times.

     5.5 Commercial Bait Dealers

    5.5.1 Any person who buys bait for resale or sells baitfish is required to

    obtain a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit from the Commissioner. Only

    persons operating a place of business and offering baitfish for sale to the

    public may apply for and hold a Commercial Bait Dealers permit.

    5.5.2 Commercial Bait Dealers may sell as bait only those species of fish

    listed under section 5.6.1. Commercial Bait Dealers may also sell

    rainbow smelt as bait, provided they are obtained from a fish hatchery

    approved by the Commissioner as per paragraph 5.5.4 and its subsections

    below, or harvested by Open-water/ice fishing and sold for use on the

    same waterbody on which the Bait Dealer is located as per paragraph

    5.5.5 and its subsections below.

    5.5.3 Commercial Bait Dealers must declare in their permit application if

    they will be a Statewide baitfish dealer, or a Waterbody-Specific baitfish

    dealer.

    5.5.4 Statewide baitfish dealers are prohibited from possessing, buying

    or selling wild-caught baitfish.

    5.5.4.1 Baitfish sold by Statewide baitfish dealers must originate from a

    fish hatchery approved by the Commissioner.

    5.5.4.2 Statewide baitfish dealers must hold or keep baitfish in waters

    drawn from a secure well or municipal water source, or other water

    source as approved by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    5.5.4.3 Baitfish sold by Statewide baitfish dealers may be used in waters

    throughout the State, except those waters as described in Section 6.0 of

    this regulation.

    5.5.5 Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers must declare on their permit

    application the waterbody on which they are located.

    5.5.5.1 Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers may harvest wild baitfish

    only from the declared waterbody, and offer them for sale and use only

    on the declared waterbody.

    5.5.5.2 Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers must have baitfish holding

    facilities that discharge directly to their declared waterbody. Holding

    facilities must not discharge to other waters of the State.

    5.5.5.3 Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers shall not operate dip nets,

    cast nets, or umbrella nets exceeding 51 square feet of mesh, or a seine

    net exceeding 125 feet in length, for the purposes of taking fish for bait,

    unless otherwise provided for on a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit.

    Baitfish netting is prohibited in all Seasonally Closed Waters as listed in

    Section 9.0 of this regulation, unless otherwise provided for on a

    Commercial Bait Dealers Permit.

    5.5.5.4 All traps, nets, baitboxes or other holding receptacles capable of

    taking, holding or keeping live baitfish in public waters must be marked

    with the name and address of the owner and user.

    5.5.5.5 The commercial harvest of baitfish is prohibited on any

    waterbody of the State that is defined as closed to baitfish harvest. The

    Department will maintain and make available a list of closed waters.

    5.5.6 A Commercial Bait Dealer shall provide to each customer at the

    point of sale a copy of a transportation receipt containing the following

    information: 1) A unique receipt identification number, 2) The name and

    telephone number of the bait dealer, 3) time and date of sale, 4) species

    purchased, 5) quantity purchased, 6) waterbody (limited to one) on

    which the baitfish will be used, 7) signature of purchaser.

    5.5.7 A transportation receipt shall be valid for 96 hours from time and

    date of sale.

    5.5.8 Receipt books shall be provided to Commercial Bait Dealers by the

    Department.

    5.5.9 Any holder of a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit shall maintain

    receipts or records for each lot of wholesaled hatchery-raised or wild-

    caught baitfish introduced into their shop. The receipts or records shall

    include: name, address and telephone number of seller (for wholesaled

    baitfish), and date received, species identification, and quantity

    purchased or harvested, for wholesaled and wild-caught baitfish. The

    permit holder shall retain the receipts and records for at least one year

    after the date of sale or harvest. Receipts or records must be provided to

    the Department immediately upon request.

     5.6 Approved Species of Fish for use as Bait

    5.6.1

       Banded killifish Fundulus diaphanus

       Blacknose dace Rhinichthys atratulus

       Bluntnose minnow Pimephales notatus

       Common shiner Luxilus cornutus

       Creek chub Semotilus atromaculatus

       Eastern silvery minnow Hybognathus regius

       Emerald shiner Notropis atherinoides

       Fallfish Semotilus corporalis

       Fathead minnow Pimephales promelas

       Golden shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas

       Longnose dace Rhinichthys cataractae

       Longnose sucker Catostomus catostomus

       Mimic shiner Notropis volucellus

       Northern redbelly dace Phoxinus eos

       Spottail shiner Notropis hudsonius

       White sucker Catostomus commersoni

    5.6.2 The following additional fish species, or parts thereof, may be

    taken only by Open-water/ice fishing and used for bait only in those

    waters where taken and shall not be transported alive from those waters;

    only Rainbow smelt may be commercially sold as bait:

       Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus

       Pumpkinseed Lepomis gibbosus

       Rainbow smelt Osmerus mordax

       Rock bass Ambloplites rupestris

    Yellow perch Perca flavescens

    5.6.3 Lake Champlain - In addition to 5.6.2, the following fish species,

    or parts thereof, may be taken only by Open-water/ice fishing in Lake

    Champlain and used as bait in Lake Champlain, as described in Section

    7.0 of this regulation, and may not be commercially harvested or sold as

    bait; Alewife may only be used/possessed if dead:

      Alewife Alosa pseudoharengus

      White perch Morone americana

    5.6.4 All other species of fish are prohibited for use as bait.

     5.7 Commercial Bait Dealer Application Process

    5.7.1 A party who wishes to obtain a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit

     shall apply to the Commissioner in writing on a form provided by the

    Department. The Department may require the applicant to submit such

    additional information as is necessary to determine that the permitted

    activities comply with the purposes of this rule, including but not limited

    to fish health testing, and the impact to Vermont's fish and fisheries.

    5.7.2 If the application is deficient, the Department shall inform the

    applicant of the deficiencies and return the application within 30 days of

    receipt, along with any associated fee, to the applicant for revision and

    re-submission.

    5.7.3 If the application is denied, the Commissioner shall, within 30 days

    of receipt of application, send the applicant a written denial providing the

    reasons for the denied.

     5.8 Permit Compliance

    5.8.1 The Permittee shall make the permit available upon request by an

    agent of the Department. Premises and equipment used by persons to

    take, store, or deal in baitfish shall be accessible for inspection by the

    Commissioner and his or her agents. Samples for species determination

     or disease examination shall be made available immediately upon

     request.

    5.8.2 Permittees shall provide the Department with additional

    information as requested on an annual basis or prior to the re-issuance of

    a new permit.

     5.9 Permit Revocation

    5.9.1 The Commissioner may revoke any permit issued in order to

    protect regulated species: for any violation of a permit; failure to comply

    with this rule; a violation of any rules of the Board; or a violation of the

    provisions of Part 4, Title 10, Vermont Statutes Annotated; if the

    Commissioner determines it is in the best interest of the fish or fisheries

    of Vermont.

    5.9.2 Prior to permit revocation, the Commissioner shall provide a

    proceeding consistent with 3 V.S.A. § 814(c).

    5.9.3 Appeals of the decisions of the Commissioner are subject to the

    Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure.

     6.0 Use of fish as bait

    The use of fish in any form whether alive or dead for bait in fishing is prohibited in:

     

    Adams Reservoir, Woodford;

    Beaver Pond, Holland;

    Beebe Pond, Sunderland;

    Big Mud Pond, Mt. Tabor;

    Blake Pond, Sutton;

    Bourn Pond, Sunderland;

    Branch Pond, Sunderland;

    Cow Mountain Pond, Granby;

    Griffith Lake, Mt. Tabor;

    Jobs Pond, Westmore;

    Lewis Pond, Lewis;

    Little Rock Pond, Wallingford;

    Martins Pond, Peacham;

    McIntosh Pond, Royalton;

    North Pond, Chittenden;

    Notch Pond, Ferdinand;

    Red Mill Pond, Woodford;

    Sterling Pond, Cambridge;

    South America Pond, Ferdinand;

    Stratton Pond, Stratton;

    Unknown Pond, Averys Gore;

    Unknown Pond, Ferdinand

     

       and any ponds as may be created or reclaimed by the Department of Fish and   

       Wildlife. This regulation shall be posted at all waters affected.

    7.0 Lake Champlain Boundaries

    Lake Champlain proper shall be considered to include the setback at the

    same level and the major tributaries to the lake to the following boundaries:

     

    Dead Creek to Panton Road bridge in Panton;

    East Creek to the falls in Orwell (downstream of Mount Independence

    Road);

    Lamoille River to the top of first dam (Peterson Dam) in Milton;

    LaPlatte River to the falls in Shelburne (under Falls Road bridge);

    Lewis Creek to falls in North Ferrisburgh (just upstream of Old Hollow

    Road);

    Little Otter Creek to falls in Ferrisburgh Center (downstream of Little

    Chicago Road);

    Malletts Creek to the first falls upstream of Roosevelt Highway (US 2

    and US 7) in Colchester;

    Mill River in Georgia to the falls in Georgia (just upstream of Georgia

    Shore Road bridge);

    Missisquoi River to the top of Swanton Dam in the Village of Swanton;

    Mud Creek to the dam in Alburg (just upstream of Route 78 bridge);

    Otter Creek to the top of the dam in the city of Vergennes;

    Poultney River to Central Vermont Power Dam at Carver Falls in West

    Haven;

    Rock River to first Canadian border crossing;

    Winooski River to the Winooski One hydropower dam west of Main

    Street (US 7) in Winooski and Burlington;

    8.0 Clyde River: Catch and Release

    Between September 1 and October 31, on the Clyde River from Lake

    Memphremagog upstream to Charleston Dam (Lubber Lake), West

    Charleston, a person may fish with artificial flies and lures only, and all

    salmon caught must be released.

    9.0 Seasonally Closed Waters

    9.1 The following lakes and ponds or portions thereof are hereby designated

    Seasonally Closed Waters and shall be closed to all fishing except during

    the open season for trout as provided in section 10 of these regulations:

     

    Adams Reservoir, Woodford

    Ansel Pond, Bethel

    Baker Pond, Barton

    Bald Hill Pond, Westmore

    Bean Pond, Sutton

    Beaver Pond, Holland

    Beck Pond, Newark

    Beebe Pond, Sunderland

    Big Averill Lake, Norton and Averill

    Big Mud Pond, Mt. Tabor

    Blake Pond, Sutton

    Bourn Pond, Sunderland

    Branch Pond, Sunderland

    Brown Pond, Westmore

    Caspian Lake, Greensboro

    Center Pond, Newark

    Colby Pond, Plymouth

    Cow Mountain Pond, Granby

    Crystal Lake, Barton

    Duck Pond, Sutton

    Dufresne Pond, Manchester

    East Long Pond, Woodbury

    Echo Lake, Charleston

    Ewell Pond, Peacham

    Forest Lake, Averill

    Goshen Dam (Sugar Hill Reservoir), Goshen

    Griffith Lake, Mt. Tabor

    Hapgood Pond, Peru

    Hartwell Pond, Albany

    Holland Pond, Holland

    Jobs Pond, Westmore

    Knapp Brook Pond No. 1, Reading and Cavendish

    Knapp Brook Pond No. 2, Reading and Cavendish

    Lake Dunmore-Salisbury and Leicester - Except from Sucker Brook to

    the island south, which shall be open.

    Levi Pond, Groton

    Lewis Pond, Lewis

    Little Averill Lake, Averill

    Little Elmore Pond, Elmore

    Little Rocky Pond, Wallingford

    Long Pond, Newbury

    Long Pond, Westmore

    Maidstone Lake, Maidstone

    Marl Pond, Sutton

    Martins Pond, Peacham

    May Pond, Barton

    McIntosh Pond, Royalton

    Mud Pond, Hyde Park

    Nelson Pond (Forest Lake), Calais and Woodbury

    Nichols Pond, Woodbury

    North Pond, Chittenden

    Norton Pond, Norton

    Notch Pond, Ferdinand

    Noyes (Seyon) Pond, Groton

    Peacham Pond, Peacham

    Perch Pond, (Zack Woods Pond), Hyde Park

    Pigeon Pond, Groton

    Red Mill Pond, Woodford

    Seymour Lake, Morgan

    Shadow Lake, Glover

    Silver Lake, Leicester

    South America Pond, Ferdinand

    South Pond, Marlboro

    Spring Lake, Shrewsbury

    Stannard Pond, Stannard

    Sterling Pond, Cambridge

    Stoughton Pond, Weathersfield

    Stratton Pond, Stratton

    Sunset Lake, Benson

    Unknown Pond, Averys Gore

    Unknown Pond, Ferdinand

    Vail Pond, Sutton

    Vernon Hatchery Pond, Vernon

    West Mountain Pond, Maidstone

    Wheeler Pond, Barton and Sutton

    Willoughby Lake, Westmore

    Zack Woods, (Perch Pond), Hyde Park

    9.2 All streams are hereby designated Seasonally Closed Waters and shall

    be closed to all fishing except during the open season for trout as provided

    in section 10 of these regulations; and

    9.2.1 except that the following streams shall be open to trout fishing

    only, and no fishing for other species shall be allowed, from November 1

    to the Friday before the second Saturday in April, as set forth in Table

    9.2.2.


     

    9.2.2: STREAMS OPEN TO FISHING FOR TROUT ONLY FROM

    NOVEMBER 1 TO THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE SECOND WEEK

    IN APRIL

    1. Waters

    2. Methods

    3.Season

    Size Restrictions

    5.Daily Bag Limit

    Listed Below

    Artificial fly or lure only

    November 1 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in April:

    Catch and release only

    Zero-All trout must be immediately released to the water where taken:

    Black River – From the top of the Lovejoy Dam in Springfield upstream to  the Howard Hill Road Bridge in Cavendish.

    Deerfield River – From the Woods Road (Medburyville) bridge in Wilmington upstream approximately 2 miles to the VT Route 9W bridge in Searsburg.

    East Creek (Rutland City) – From the confluence with Otter Creek upstream (approximately 2.7 miles) to the top of the Patch Dam in Rutland City.

    Hoosic River – From the Vermont/New York border upstream to the Vermont/Massachusetts border.

    Lamoille River – From the top of the hydroelectric dam at Fairfax Falls upstream to the top of the Cady’s Falls Dam in Morristown. 

    Moose River – From the confluence with Passumpsic River upstream to the downstream edge of the Concord Avenue bridge in St. Johnsbury.

    Otter Creek – From the top of the Center Rutland Falls in Rutland upstream to the Danby-Mt. Tabor Forest Road Bridge (Forest Road #10) in Mt. Tabor.

    Passumpsic River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of Arnolds Falls Dam in St. Johnsbury.

    Walloomsac River– From the Vermont/New York border in Bennington upstream to the top of the former Vermont Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of Murphy Road) in Bennington. 

    Winooski River – From the top of the Bolton Dam  in Waterbury and Duxbury upstream to the VT Route 2/100 in Duxbury and Waterbury.

     

    10.0 Fish - Open Seasons, Size Restrictions and Daily Bag Limits.

     

    Fish of the species named or described in the tables set forth below may

     

    be taken:

     

    In the waters specified in column 1, by the method specified in column 2,

    during the open season specified in column 3.

     

    Provided they meet any size restrictions specified in column 4., and only in

    numbers listed under daily bag limits specified in column 5., under no

    circumstances may a person take in one day, more than the daily bag or

    weight limit from a listed body of water. No person may take in aggregate

    more than the daily State-wide aggregate limit for any species listed.

    Businesses may buy lawfully taken fish, with the approval of the

    Commissioner, pursuant to the Commercial angling rules set forth in 10

    V.S.A. App. 123.

     

    10.1 Possession limits are equal to twice the daily bag limits. Fish species

    with limit restrictions may not be possessed in excess of the possession

    limits at any time.

    10.1.1 No person shall have live fish in their possession that are

    transported in a manner which attempts to keep them alive when

    leaving waters of the State (10 V.S.A. §  1251(13)), except as follows:

    10.1.1.1 the person has been issued a Commercial Bait Dealers

    Permit by the Commissioner,

    10.1.1.2 the person has been issued scientific collection permit by

    the Commissioner which specifically approves of the activity,

    10.1.1.3 the person has been issued a fish transportation permit

    by the Commissioner which specifically approves of the activity,

    10.1.1.4 the person has been issued a fish breeders permit or fish

    importation permit by the Commissioner which specifically

    approves of the activity.

         10.2 The daily bag limit for a fish species on a water body with a closed

         season for that fish species is zero.

         10.3 "General waters" restrictions are the provisions applicable to all waters

         of the State, except the waters specifically named or described.

         10.4 Unless otherwise specifically provided, fish not listed in this regulation    

         may be taken at any time and without size or catch limit, in waters not listed    

         as Seasonally Closed Waters in Section 9 of these regulations.

         10.5 Open Seasons, Size Restrictions and Daily Bag Limits Tables

                 

    10.5.1 STATEWIDE AGGREGATE DAILY BAG LIMITS       

    (Maximum number of a fish species that may be taken in one day)

      

     

             FISH SPECIES                          DAILY AGGREGRATE LIMITS

    Brook Trout                                                    12 fish

    Brown and Rainbow Trout        Maximum Combination of 6 fish

    Lake Trout                              2 fish, (3 if taken from Lake Champlain)

    Salmon                                                            2 fish

    Large and Smallmouth Bass      Maximum combination of 5 fish

    Northern Pike                                                  5 fish

    Chain Pickerel                                                10 fish

    Muskellunge                                                   0 fish

    Walleye                                                           3 fish

    Black and White Crappie                                25 fish

    American Shad                                               0 fish

    Yellow Perch                                                  50 fish

    Yellow Perch exception                      Lake Champlain - No daily limit

    Sauger                                                             0 fish

     

    10.5.2 BROOK, BROWN AND RAINBOW TROUT

     

    1. Waters           2. Methods         3. Season            4. Size                5. Daily Bag

                                                                                  Restrictions        Limit

     

    General              Open-Water       Second               No restriction     6 trout

    waters.                fishing              Saturday in

    (except as                                   April through

    listed below)                               October 31

    Lake Champlain Open-water        No closed           Minimum length             3 trout

                              and ice fishing   season                 of 12 inches

    Rivers and          Open-water        Second               No restriction     12 trout, of

    Streams               fishing               Saturday in                                 which not

    April through                             more

                                                        October 31                                 than 6 can be

                                                                                                         brown and/or

                                                                                                           rainbow


    10.5.3 TROPHY TROUT STREAMS

     

    1. Waters           2. Methods         3. Season            4. Size                5. Daily Bag

                                                                                  Restrictions        Limit

     

    Listed Below:  Open-water     Second            No restriction  2 trout in

                                 fishing        Saturday in                              aggregate

                                                    April through

                                                    October 31

    Black River along Rt. 131 in Weathersfield and Cavendish, - from

    Downers covered bridge upstream (approximately 4 miles) to the next bridge

    across the river, The Howard Hill Bridge.

     

    East Creek in Rutland City - From the confluence with Otter Creek

    upstream (approximately 2.7 miles) to the top of the Patch Dam in Rutland

    City.

     

    Lamoille River From the downstream edge of the bridge on Route 104 in

    the Village of Fairfax upstream (approximately 1.6 miles) to the top of the

    Fairfax Falls Dam in Fairfax.

     

    Little River - From the confluence with Winooski River in Waterbury

    upstream to the top of the Waterbury Reservoir Dam in Waterbury.

     

    Missisquoi River in Enosburg and Sheldon - From the downstream edge

    of Kane Road (TH-3) bridge upstream (approximately 5.7 miles) to the top of

    the Enosburg Falls Dam in Enosburg Falls.

     

    Otter Creek in Danby and Mt. Tabor - From the Vermont Railway Bridge

    north of the fishing access upstream (approximately 2 miles) to the Danby-Mt.

    Tabor Forest Rd. Bridge (Forest Road # 10).

     

    Passumpsic River in the Village of St. Johnsbury - From the top of

    the Gage Dam in St. Johnsbury upstream (approximately 2.4 miles) to the top

    of the Arnold Falls Dam.

     

    Moose River - From the confluence with the Passumpsic River

    upstream (approximately 350 feet) to the downstream edge of the Concord

    Avenue bridge in the Village of St. Johnsbury.

     

    Walloomsac River in Bennington - From the Vermont/New York border

    upstream to the top of the former Vermont Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of

    Murphy Road) in Bennington.

     

    Winooski River in Duxbury and Waterbury - From the top of the Bolton

    Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury upstream to the Route 2 Bridge (east side of

    Waterbury Village).


     

    10.5.4 RAINBOW TROUT (Including STEELHEAD) / BROWN

    TROUT

     

    1. Waters      2. Methods      3. Season       4. Size                            5. Daily Bag

                                                                      Restrictions                    Limit

     

    Listed       Open-water   Second         Minimum length         2 trout

    Below:      fishing          Saturday in   of 10 inches

                                           April through

                                           October 31

     Lakes and Ponds

          Caspian Lake, Greensboro

          Echo Lake,

    Charleston

          Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay), Coventry, Derby, Newport

                City and Newport;

    Willoughby Lake, Westmore

     

    Rivers and Streams:

          Orleans County:

              Barton River - From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the downstream

                side of the US Route 5 bridge southernmost and closest to the Village

                of Barton in Barton.

              Black River - From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the downstream

                side of the VT Route 14 / 58 bridge in Irasburg.

              Johns River - From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert)

                upstream of Lake Memphremagog on North Derby Road (TH #6)

                upstream to U.S. 5, in Derby.

              Willoughby River - The entire Willoughby River, from the confluence

                with Barton River in Barton upstream to the Willoughby Lake outlet  in

                Westmore.

     


     

    10.5.5 BROOK, BROWN RAINBOW, LAKE TROUT AND

    SALMON – 2 FISH AGGREGATE LIMITS

     

    1. Waters      2. Methods      3. Season       4. Size                  5. Daily Bag

                                                                            Restrictions    Limit

    Listed          Open-water       Second              See                  Two fish in

    below:         fishing               Saturday in        regulations     aggregate

                                                  April through   for specific

                                                  October 31        bodies of

                                                                            waters

    Big Averill Lake, Norton and Averill

    Caspian Lake, Greensboro

    Center

    Pond, Newark

    Crystal Lake, Barton

    East Long Pond, Woodbury

    Echo Lake,

    Charleston

    Elligo Lake, Craftsbury and Greensboro

    Forest Lake (Nelson

    Pond), Calais and Woodbury

    Harveys Lake, Barnet

    Lake Dunmore, Salisbury

    Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay), Coventry, Derby, Newport City and Newport

    Little Averill Lake, Averill

    Long Pond, Westmore

    Maidstone Lake, Maidstone

    Nelson Pond (Forest

    Lake), Calais and Woodbury

    Nichols Pond, Woodbury

    Seymour Lake, Morgan

    Shadow Lake, Glover

    Spring Lake, Shrewsbury

    Sunset Lake, Benson

    Willoughby Lake, Westmore.


    10.5.7 LAKE TROUT AND SALMON

    1. Waters         2. Methods      3. Season         4. Size             5. Daily Bag

                                                                            Restrictions    Limit

    General           Open-water   Second             Salmon -          2 Lake Trout

    Waters (all      fishing          Saturday in         Minimum  or   2 Salmon or

    waters except                       April through     length of          1 of each

    as listed below)                    October 31         15 inches

                                                                            Lake Trout -

                                                                            Minimum

                                                                            Length of

                                                                            18 inches

    Lake                Open-water  No Closed          Lake Trout      3 Lake Trout

    Champlain       and ice          Season               and Salmon -   and 2 Salmon

                            fishing                                     Minimum

                                                                            length of

                                                                            15 inches

    Little               Open-water  Angling:             Lake Trout -    1 Lake Trout

    Averill             fishing, with second                Minimum        and 1 salmon

    Lake                not more       Saturday in         length of

    and                  1 line           April through      20 inches         or 2 Salmon

    Seymour                              October 31

    Lake

               

                            Ice fishing   Ice fishing:          Salmon -

                            with not       third Saturday     Minimum

                            more than    in January           length of

                            4 lines        through March     15 inches

                                               15

    Clyde Pond,    Open-        Second                  Lake Trout -    2 Lake Trout

    Pond,               water         Saturday in            Minimum         or 2 Salmon

    Salem Lake,                fishing       April through        length of          or 2 Salmon or

    Little Salem                       August 31              18 inches         1 of each

    Lake, and                         

    Clyde River

    from Lake

    Memphremagog

    upstream to

    Citizen's

    Charleston

    Dam (Lubber

    Lake), West

    Charleston

                                                                            Salmon -

                                                                            Minimum

                                                                            length of

                                                                            17 inches

                            Open-           September 1       Lake                            2 Lake Trout,

                            water            through               Trout -             0 Salmon, (all

                            fishing:         October 31         Minimum        salmon must be

                            River from                              length of          immediately

                Lake                                        18 inches         released

                Memphremagog                                                    

                            to Charleston

                            Dam -

                            Artificial

                            flies and

                            lures only

    Lake                Open-water   Second              Lake Trout -    2 Lake Trout

    Memphremagog   fishing     Saturday in        Minimum        or 2 Salmon or

    (including                             April through     length of          1 of each

    South Bay                            October 31         18 inches

     

                            Ice Fishing   Third Saturday  Salmon -

                                                  in January          Minimum

                                                  through              length of

                                                  March 15           17 inches

    Listed              Open-water   Second       Lake Trout -    2 Lake Trout

    Below:              fishing                 Saturday in     Minimum length  or 2 Salmon or

                                               April through   of 18 inches    1 of each

                                               October 31

                                                                       Salmon -

                                                                       Minimum length

                                                                       of 17 inches

    Orleans County:

           Barton River - From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the downstream

                side of the US Route 5 bridge southernmost and closest to the Village

                of Barton in Barton.

           Black River - From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the downstream

                side of the VT Route 14 / 58 bridge in Irasburg.

           Johns River - From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert)

                upstream of Lake Memphremagog on North Derby Road  (TH #6)

                upstream to U.S. 5, in Derby.

           Willoughby River - The entire Willoughby River, from confluence with

                Barton River in Barton upstream to the Willoughby Lake outlet in

                Westmore.


     

    10.5.8 SPECIAL ICE FISHING PROVISIONS FOR BROOK, BROWN,

    RAINBOW, LAKE TROUT, SALMON AND BASS

     

    1. Waters     2. Methods      3. Season            4. Size             5. Daily Bag

                                                                            Restrictions    Limit

    Listed       Ice Fishing         Third Saturday    See species      See species

    below:                                  in January           restriction        restriction

                                                 through March   for individual  for individual

                                                 15                       body of water  body of water

     

    Big Averill Lake, Norton and Averill;

    Big Salem Lake, Derby;

    Caspian

    Lake, Greensboro;

    Chittenden Dam, Chittenden;

    Crystal Lake, Barton;

    Echo Lake, Charleston;

    Echo Lake, Plymouth;

    Eden Lake, Eden;

    Elligo Lake, Craftsbury and Greensboro;

    Glen Lake, Castleton, Fair Haven, and Benson;

    Harriman Reservoir, Whitingham and Wilmington;

    Harveys Lake, Barnet;

    Island Pond, Brighton;

    Joes Pond, Cabot, Danville;

    Lake Bomoseen, Castleton and Hubbardton;

    Lake Dunmore, Leicester, and Salisbury;

    Lake Fairlee, Thetford, West Fairlee, Fairlee;

    Lake Hortonia, Sudbury, Hubbardton;

    Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and the connecting waters),

                Coventry, Derby, Newport City and Newport;

    Lake Morey, Fairlee;

    Lake Rescue, Ludlow;

    Lake St. Catherine, Wells, Poultney;

    Little Averill Lake, Averill;

    Little Salem Lake, Derby;

    Maidstone Lake, Maidstone;

    Marshfield Dam (Mollys Falls Reservoir), Cabot;

    Miles Pond, Concord;

    Nelson Pond (Forest Lake), Calais and Woodbury;

    Newark Pond, Newark

    Norton Pond, Norton;

    Parker Pond, Glover;

    Peacham Pond, Peachman;

    Pensioner Pond, Charleston;

    Seymour Lake, Morgan;

    Shadow Lake, Glover;

    Somerset Reservoir, Somerset;

    Sunset Lake, Benson;

    Wallace Pond, Canaan;

    Waterbury Reservoir, Waterbury;

    Willoughby Lake,

    Westmore;

    Woodbury Lake, (Sabin Pond), Calais and Woodbury


     

     

     

    10.5.9 SPECIAL REGULATION TROUT STREAMS

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                               Restrictions                          Limit

     

    Lamoille                Open-water           Second                   Minimum length                  2 trout

    River -                   fishing, with         Saturday in           of 16 inches.

    From the               artificial                April through

    downstream          lures and               October 31.

    edge of the            flies only.

    railroad

    bridge     in

    Johnson

    upstream

    (approximately

     3.7 miles)

    to the

    downstream

    edge of the

    Ten Bends

    Drive bridge

    in Hyde Park.

     White                    Open-water           Second                   Minimum length                  1 trout

    River  -                  fishing, with         Saturday in           of 18 inches

    From the               artificial                April through

    confluence            lures and               October 31.

    with                       flies only.

    Lilliesville

    Brook in

    Stockbridge

    downstream

    3.3 miles to

    220 ft.

    downstream of

    the

    confluence

    with

    Cleveland

    Brook in

    Bethel.

     Mettawee             Open-water           Second                   10 to 14                                 2 trout, only

    River -                   fishing                    Saturday in           inches                                     1 greater than

    From the                                               April through       protected                               14 inches

    downstream                                          October 31.         slot: (all

    edge of the                                                                           trout 10 to 14

    Route 153                                                                            inches must be

    bridge in                                                                               released)

    Pawlet

    upstream

    (approximately

     16 miles) to

    the

    downstream

    edge of first

    bridge on

    Dorset Hollow

    Road and

    including

    tributary:

    Flower Brook

    upstream

    (approximately

     1000 ft) to

    the

    downstream

    edge of the

    Route 30

    bridge in

    Pawlet.

    Winooski              Open-water           June 1 through     10 to 16                                 2 trout, only

    River                     fishing                   October 31           inches                                    1 greater than

    Tributaries -                                                                         protected                               16 inches

    Listed Below                                                                       slot: (all

                                                                                                    fish 10 to 16

                                                                                                    inches must be

                                                                                                   released)

     

     Winooski River Tributaries

     Joiner Brook, Bolton  - From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately

                    1900 feet to the first falls.

     Pinneo Brook, Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately

                    100 feet to the railroad crossing.

     Preston Brook, Bolton -  From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately

                    2600 feet to the first falls.

     Ridley Brook, Duxbury - From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately

                    1700 feet to the first falls.

     

    Listed                Open-water              Second                  10 to 16                                2 trout, only

    Below:              fishing                       Saturday in           inches                                    1 greater than

                                                                   April through       protected                               16 inches

                                                                   October 31           slot: (all

                                                                                                   fish 10 to 16

                                                                                                   inches must be

                                                                                                   released)

     

     New Haven River - From Munger Street Bridge in New Haven upstream (approximately 4.1

                    miles) to the South Street bridge in Bristol.

     Winooski River - From Preston Brook mouth upstream (approximately 4.4 miles) to the

                    Ridley Brook mouth.

     

    Batten               Open-water               Second                   All trout must                       Zero, all

    Kill -                  fishing                       Saturday in           be immediately                     trout must be

    From the                                               April through       released.                                immediately

    New York                                             October 31                                                           released.

    State line

    upstream

    (approximately

     20.6 miles)

    to downstream

    side of Depot

    Street Bridge

    (Route 11/30)

    in Manchester.

    Dog River         Open-water              Second                   All trout must                       Zero, all

    - From               fishing with              Saturday in           be immediately                    trout must be

    the                     artificial                    April through       released                                 immediately

    downstream      lures and                   October 31                                                           released.

    edge of the        flies only for

    Junction Road   anglers 15

    Bridge in           years of age

    Berlin/              or older

    Montpelier

    upstream to

    the top of

    the

    Northfield

    Falls Dam in

    Northfield

     

    Listed               Open-water               Second                   No size                                   12 trout of

    below:               fishing                        Saturday in           restriction.                            which not

                                                                   April through                                                      more than 6

                                                                   September 30                                                      can be

                                                                                                                                                    brown and/or

                                                                                                                                                   rainbow trout

                                                                                                                                                   in aggregate.

                               Open-water              October 1,             All trout must                       Zero, all

                               fishing                       through                 be immediately                    trout must be

                                                                   October 31           released.                                immediately

                                                                                                                                                    released.

     

    Batten Kill (East Branch) - In towns of Manchester and Dorset from the downstream side of

                    Depot Street Bridge (Route 11/30) in Manchester upstream (approximately 5.0 miles)

                    to the downstream side of the US Route 7 Bridge south of East Dorset.

    Green River - In the towns of Arlington and Sandgate from its confluence with Batten Kill

                    upstream (approximately 8.5 miles) to the confluence with Moffitt Hollow Brook in

                    Beartown.

    Roaring Branch In the towns of Arlington and Sunderland from its confluence with the Batten

                    Kill upstream (approximately 3.0 miles) to the downstream side of the Bridge #14 on

                    Sunderland TH# 3 in East Kansas.

    Warm Brook - In the town of Arlington from its Confluence with the Roaring Branch upstream

                    (approximately 0.8 miles) to the base of the so-called Hale Company Dam in East

                    Arlington.


     

    10.5.10 ANADROMOUS ATLANTIC SALMON

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season                              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                               Restrictions          Limit

     

    Connecticut          No person             No Open Season                  All fish must        Zero - All

    River and              shall take or                                                        be immediately    Anadromous

    tributaries             attempt to                                                            released                 Atlantic

    take an                                                                                                salmon must

    anadromous                                                                                         be immedi-

                                   Atlantic                                                                                             ately released

                                  salmon, any

                                  salmon

                                  unintentionally

                                  taken shall

                                  be immediately

                                  released in

                                  accordance

                                  with section

                                  4602

     

    10.5.11 AMERICAN SHAD

     

    1. Waters                              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                               Restrictions          Limit

    Connecticut                          Open-water         No closed             All shad                 Zero - All

    River,                                  fishing                    season                    must be                  shall must be

    Including                                                                                               released                 immediately

    Vermont river                                                                                                                       released

    tributaries

     

     


     

    10.5.12 BOWFIN, REDHORSE SUCKER (MULLET),

    LONGNOSE GAR

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                               Restrictions          Limit

     

    General                 Open-water and    No closed            No restriction       No more than 5

    Waters (and          ice fishing              season                                                  of any one

    as listed                                                                                                                 species

    below)

    General                 Speargun, bow      No closed             No restriction      No more than 5

    Waters                  and crossbow        season                                                 of any one

    (Except                 all with line                                                                          species

    seasonally             attached to

    closed waters        arrow

    and as listed

    below

    Lake                      Open-water and  No closed             No restriction       No more than 5

    Champlain,           ice fishing,            season                                                   fish of any

    not to                     speargun, bow                                                                      one species

    include                   and crossbow

    tributaries             all with line

                                    attached to

                                    arrow

    Lake                      Shooting and        March 25              No restriction        No more than 5

    Champlain,           Handheld Spear  through May                                       of any one

    not to                                                     25, Title 10                                          species

    include                                                  4606(e)

    tributaries


     

    10.5.13 SUCKER (LONGNOSE AND WHITE),

    and CULL FISH

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                               Restrictions          Limit

     

    General                 Open-water and  No closed               No restriction       No Limit

    Waters (and           ice fishing          season

    as listed

    below)

    General                 Speargun, bow   No Closed              No restriction       No Limit

    Waters                  and crossbow     Season

    (Except                 all with line

    seasonally             attached to

    closed waters        arrow

    and as listed

    below)

    Lake                      Open-water and  No closed               No restriction       No Limit

    Champlain,           ice fishing,          season

    not to                     speargun, bow

    include                  and crossbow

    tributaries             all with line

                                   attached to

                                   arrow

    Lake                      Shooting and    March 25                  No restriction       No Limit

    Champlain,           Handheld         through May

    not to                      Spear                25, Title 10

    include                                           4606(e)

    tributaries

     

    10.5.14 BULLHEAD

     

    1. Waters               2. Methods      3. Season                  4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                    Restrictions          Limit

    General                 Open-water      No closed                  No restriction       No Limit

    Waters (and          and ice             season

    as listed                  fishing

    below)

    Lake                      Open-water      No closed                  No restriction       No Limit

    Champlain,           and ice              season

    not to                      fishing

    include

    tributaries

    Lake                      Shooting and    March 25                  No restriction       No Limit

    Champlain,           Handheld          through May

    not to                      Spear                 25, Title 10

    include                                             4606(e)

    tributaries


     

    10.5.15 NORTHERN PIKE

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                               Restrictions          Limit

     

    General                 Open-water           No closed             Minimum length  5 Fish

    Waters                  and ice                   season                   of 20 inches

    (except as              fishing

    listed below)

    Lake Champlain Open-water           No closed             Minimum length  5 Fish

                                   and ice                   season                   of 20 inches

                                    fishing

                                   Shooting and        March 25              Minimum length  5 Fish

                                   handheld               through May        of 20 inches

                                   spearing                25, 10 VSA

    4606

     

     

    10.5.16 CHAIN AND REDFIN PICKEREL

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions           Limits

    General                 Open-water and  No closed             No restriction       No Limit

    Waters                   ice fishing            season

    (except as

    listed below)

    Lake Champlain Open-water and  No closed               No restriction       10 fish

                                   ice fishing             season

                                   Shooting and        March 25              No restriction       10 Fish

                                   handheld               through May 25

                                   spearing

     

    10.5.17 MUSKELLUNGE

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

    General                 Open-water and  No closed             All                          Zero – All             

    Waters                  ice fishing;            season                   muskellunge         muskellunge

    (except as              Catch and                                            must be                 must be

    listed below)          release with                                         released                 immediately

                                    artificial                                                                                released

                                   lures and

                                   flies only

    Lake Champlain Open-water and  No closed             All                          Zero - All

                                   ice fishing;            season                   muskellunge         muskellunge

                                   Catch and                                            must be                 must be

                                   release with                                          released                 immediately

                                   artificial                                                                                released

                                   lures and

                                   flies only

                                   Shooting and         March 25                                             Zero Fish

                                   handheld               through May

                                   spearing                25, 10 VSA

                                                                   4606(e)


    10.5.18 SMELT

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

    All waters             Open-water           No closed             No restriction       No limit

                                   and ice                   season

                                   fishing

     

     

    10.5.19 BLACK AND WHITE CRAPPIE

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

    All waters             Open-water and  No closed             Minimum length  25 fish,

                                   ice fishing             season                   of 8 inches            Combined

     

     

    10.5.20 YELLOW PERCH

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

    General                 Open-water and  No closed             No restriction       50 fish

    Waters                  ice fishing             season

    (except as

    listed

    below)

    Lake Champlain Open-water and     No closed             No restriction       No Limit

                                   ice fishing             season

     

    Businesses may buy lawfully taken fish, with the approval of the Commissioner, pursuant to the Commercial angling rule set for in 10 V.S.A. APP § 123.


     

     

     

     

    10.5.21 YELLOW PERCH

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

    General                 Open-water          No closed             No restriction       5 fish

    Waters                  fishing                   season

    (except as

    listed below)

    Lakes, Ponds        Open-water          Second                  Minimum length  5 Fish

    and reservoirs       fishing                    Saturday in            of 10 inches                                 

    (Ice                         June through

                                   fishing - see          through

                                   special                   Nov. 30th.

                                   provisions)

    Lakes, Ponds        Open-water          Second                  All bass must         Zero - All

    and                        fishing: Catch       Saturday in            be released            bass must be

    reservoirs              and release            April through                                      immediately

    (seasonally            with                       the Friday                                             released

    closed)                  artificial                before the

                                   lures and               Second

                                   flies only               Saturday in

                                                                   June, both

                                                                   dates

                                                                   inclusive.

    Lakes, Ponds        Open-water          Dec. 1 through     All bass must       Zero - All

    and                        fishing: Catch       the Friday             be released            bass must be

    reservoirs              and release            before the                                             immediately

    (not                        with                       Second                                                  released

    seasonally             artificial                Saturday in

    closed)                  lures and               June, both

                                   flies only               dates

                                                                   inclusive.

    Seasonally,           Open-water          Only when such  No restrictions      5 fish

    Closed Waters      fishing                   rivers and

    - streams                                              streams are

                                                                   open to trout

                                                                   fishing except

                                                                   as prohibited

                                                                   by Section 9.2

    Lake Morey,         Open-water           Second                  Largemouth          5 Fish

    Fairlee                   fishing (Ice           Saturday in           bass - Minimum

                                   fishing -                 June through       length of 14

                                   see special            Nov. 30                inches

                                    provisions)

    Lake Morey,         Open-water          Dec. 1 through     All bass must       Zero  - All

    Fairlee                   fishing Catch        Friday before        be released            bass must be

                                   and release            the Second                                           immediately

                                   with                       Saturday in                                          released.

                                   artificial                June, both

                                   lures and               dates

                                   flies only               inclusive.


     

     

    Kent Pond,           Open-water          Second                  Largemouth          10 fish, only

    Killington             fishing                   Saturday in           Bass:                     1 fish greater

    and Baker                                            June through        protected               than 12 inches.

    Pond,                                                     Nov. 30                slot: 10-12

    Brookfield                                                                            inches (all

                                                                                                   fish between

                                                                                                   10 & 12 inches

                                                                                                   must be

                                                                                                   released)

    Kent Pond,           Open-water          Dec. 1 through     All bass must       Zero  - All

    Killington             fishing: Catch       Friday before        be released            bass must be

    and Baker             and release            the Second                                           immediately

    Pond,                     with                       Saturday in                                          released

    Brookfield            artificial                June, both

                                   lures and               dates

                                   flies only               inclusive.

     

    10.5.22 WALLEYE

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

     

     

    General                 Open-water and  First Saturday      Minimum length  3 Fish

    Waters and           ice fishing             in May through    of 18 inches

    Lake                                                      March 15

    Champlain

    (except as

    listed

    below)

    Lake Carmi,         Open-water and  First Saturday      Minimum length  5 fish,

    Franklin                Ice fishing             in May through    of 15 inches          provided only

                                                                   March 15              Protected              1 is over 19

                                                                                                   lengths - 17           inches

                                                                                                   to 19 inches

                                                                                                   (all fish

                                                                                                   between 17 &

                                                                                                   19 inches must

                                                                                                   be released)

    Chittenden            Open-water and  June 1 through     Minimum length  2 fish

    Reservoir,             ice fishing             March 15              of 22 inches

    Chittenden

    10.5.23 SAUGER

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

     

    General                 Open-water and  No open season    Any fish taken     Zero - All

    Waters and           ice fishing                                             must be                 Sauger taken

    Lake                                                                                      immediately         must be

    Champlain                                                                           released.                immediately

                                                                                                                                   released.


     

     

    Spawning grounds for game fish - Generally

    10.6        The below listed waters are declared spawning grounds for game fish and are hereby closed to the taking of fish from second Saturday in April through May 31 annually.

    Chittenden County

    Joiner Brook, Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River

                   upstream approximately 1,900 feet to the first falls.

    Pinneo Brook, Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River

                   upstream approximately 100 feet to the railroad crossing.

    Preston Brook, Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River

                   upstream approximately 2,600 feet to the first falls.

    Orleans County

    Black River - From 600 feet below the falls at Old Harman Mill in

                   Coventry upstream to the top of falls at Old Harman Mill in

                   Coventry.

    Ware Brook - From the downstream edge of  the furthest downstream

                   bridge/culvert  on  Back Coventry Road (TH #8 in Irasburg)

                            upstream approximately one mile to top of the first major

                            natural  falls on Ware Brook.

    Alder (Stony) Brook - From its confluence with the Black River

                   upstream 3 1/2 miles to the outlet of Sargent Pond, in Coventry.

    Willoughby River - From the confluence of the Brownington Branch of

                   the Willoughby River in Brownington upstream to the

                   downstream edge of the bridge on Vermont Route 58 in the

    village of Evansville (Brownington); and from the downstream edge of bridge on the Tarbox Hill Road in Orleans Village upstream to the top of the natural falls upstream of the bridge on Tarbox Hill Road  in Orleans Village.

    Dorin, Wells, Myers, Schoolhouse and Mill Brooks - From mouth of

                   brooks at Lake Willoughby upstream approximately 3/4 mile in

                   Dorin Brook, all of Wells Brook, 1/2 mile in Myers Brook, 1/4

                   mile in the Schoolhouse Brook and 1/4 mile in Mill Brook and

                   tributaries, all in Westmore. For identification purpose these

                   brooks are arranged in order from north to south, and flow

                   through Vermont Agency of Transportation structures on Route

                   5A number 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6, respectively.

     

    Brownington Branch of the Willoughby River in Brownington - From

                its confluence at the Willoughby River extending upstream to

                the second road crossing on Brownington Chilafoux Road (TH

                   #15). Said crossing is located approximately 2.4 miles from

                   Brownington Center on Chilafoux Road (TH #15).

    Country Club Brook - From its confluence with the Willoughby River

                   extending upstream to Hollow Road (TH #14) in Barton.

    Porter Brook, Greensboro - From Caspian Lake upstream to its

                   headwaters. (1987, Fish and Wildlife Commissioner's Reg. No.

                   970, eff. April 1, 1987.)

    Johns River - From the downstream edge of the bridge on Beebe Road

                   (TH #3) upstream approximately two tenths of a mile to the

                   downstream edge of bridge on Elm Street (TH #2) in Derby.

    Outlet Brook - From the highway bridge near Echo Lake in Charleston

                   upstream to the top of dam at outlet of Seymour Lake.

    Washington County

    Chase Brook - From its confluence with the Dog River upstream

                approximately 1/2 mile to the top of the natural falls in Berlin.

    Ridley Brook, Duxbury - From the confluence of the Winooski River

                upstream approximately 1,700 feet to the first falls.

    Windsor County

    Lilliesville Brook in the Town of Stockbridge from its confluence with

                the White River upstream to the 2nd bridge on the Lilliesville

                Brook Road.

    Locust Creek in Bethel from its confluence with the White River

                   upstream to the 2nd bridge on Rt. 12.

    10.7 The below named waters are closed from March 16 through May 31:

    Chittenden County

    Lamoille River - From the downstream edge of the bridge on Bear Trap

                Road in Milton (referred to as the West Milton Bridge upstream

                to the top of first dam (Peterson Dam)) in Milton.

    Winooski River -From the Winooski One Hydro dam west of Main

                   Street (US 7) in  Winooski and Burlington and extending

                   downstream to the downstream side of the first railroad bridge.

    Franklin County

    Missisquoi River - From the top of the Swanton dam in the Village of

                   Swanton downstream approximately 850 feet to the water

                   treatment plant on the west side of the river, and downstream

                   approximately 850 feet to the upstream end of the cement

                   breakwater on the east side of the river. (1988, Fish and

                   Wildlife Board Reg. No. 975, eff. April 7, 1988.)

    10.8 The below named waters are closed from March 16 to the Friday before the 1st Saturday in May, both dates inclusive:

    Franklin County

    Missisquoi River - From the top of the Swanton Dam in the Village of

                Swanton extending downstream 5,120 feet to the Northwest

                corner (downstream) of the Riverside Cemetery and across the

                river to a pole on the Northeast bank.

       10.9 The below named waters are closed to fishing year-round:

    Orleans County

    Clyde River - From 260 feet below the top of the abandoned Mill Dam

    immediately upstream of the Number 1, 2, 3 hydroelectric powerhouse

    in Newport City, upstream to the top of the abandoned Mill Dam

    immediately upstream of the Number 1, 2, 3 hydroelectric powerhouse

    in Newport City.

       10.10 The below named waters are closed from October 1 through October 31:

    Orleans County

    Johns River - From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert)

                upstream of Lake Memphremagog on North Derby Road  (TH

                #6) upstream to U.S. 5, in Derby.

     

    (Added 1961, No. 119, § 2, eff. May 9, 1961; amended 1963, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. Aug. 23, 1963; 1966, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. Jan. 1, 1967; 1968, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. Jan. 1, 1969; 1971, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 840, eff. March 19, 1971; 1971, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. June 21, 1971; 1973, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 866, eff. Jan. 20, 1973; 1974, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 892, eff. Dec. 26, 1974; 1975, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 895, eff. Jan. 1, 1976; 1976, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 899, eff. Jan. 1, 1977; 1977, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 904, § 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1978; 1977, No. 245 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. Apr. 17, 1978; 1978, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 906, eff. Oct. 21, 1978; 1979, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 913, eff. Nov. 21, 1979; 1980, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 915, eff. June 30, 1980; 1980, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 926, §§ 1-7, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 936, §§ 1, 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1983; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 942, eff. June 9, 1983; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 946, eff. Oct. 17, 1983; 1984, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 950, eff. Sept. 17, 1984; 1984, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 951, eff. Sept. 17, 1984; 1985, No. 953, eff. Jan. 1, 1985; 1985, No. 49; 1986, No. 962, eff. June 6, 1986; 1987, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 971, eff. Sept. 17, 1987; 1990, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 980, eff. Feb. 23, 1990; 1991, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 982, eff. Jan. 5, 1991; 1991, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 990, eff. Sept. 1991; 1993, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 998, eff. March 23, 1993; 1995, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Jan. 2, 1996; 1997, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; 1999, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. March 13, 1999; 2000 Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Oct. 7, 2000; 2003, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Dec. 6, 2002; 2004, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. June 4, 2004; 2005, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. July 21, 2005; 2005A, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. March 31, 2006; 2007, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Sept. 1, 2006; 2008, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; 2010 Fish and Wildlife Reg. effective Jan. 1, 2011; 2013 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. Jan. 1, 2014; 2015 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. Jan. 1, 2016; 2017 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. Jan. 1, 2018; 2018 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. Jan. 1, 2019.)

  •  [Section 122 effective January 1, 2020; see also section 122 effective until January 1, 2020 .]

     

    § 122. Fish Management Regulation

    1.0 Authority

    This rule is adopted pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4081(b). In adopting this rule, the Fish and Wildlife Board is following the policy established by the General Assembly that the protection, propagation, control, management, and conservation of fish, wildlife and fur-bearing animals in this state is in the interest of the public welfare and that the safeguarding of this valuable resource for the people of the state requires a constant and continual vigilance.

    In accordance with 10 V.S.A. § 4082, this rule is designed to maintain the best health, population and utilization levels of Vermont's fisheries.

    In accordance with 10 V.S.A. § 4083, this rule establishes open seasons; establishes daily, season, possession limits and size limits; prescribes the manner and means of taking fish; and prescribes the manner of transportation and exportation of fish.

     2.0 Purpose

    It is the policy of the State that the protection, propagation control, management and conservation of fish, wildlife, and fur-bearing animals in this State is in the interest of the public welfare, and that safeguarding of this valuable resource for the people of the State requires a constant and continual vigilance.

     3.0 Open-Water Fishing, legal methods of taking fish

     3.1 Definitions

    3.1.1 Department - Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    3.1.2 Commissioner - Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Commissioner.

    3.1.3 Open-water fishing - Fishing by means of hook and line in hand or

    attached to a rod or other device in open water. Fishing by casting or

    trolling baited hooks, artificial flies or lures is considered open-water

    fishing.

    3.1.4 Baited Hook - A single shank hook with 1, 2, or 3 points which

    may be baited with natural or artificial bait or both.

    3.1.5 Lure - A man-made device designed to catch only 1 fish at a time,

    to include a spoon, plug, spinner, bait harness, tandem hook streamer or

    lead head jig.

    3.1.6 Fly - A single pointed hook dressed with feathers, hair, thread,

    tinsel, or any similar material wound on or about the hook to which no

    hooks, spinners, spoons, or similar devices have been added.

    3.1.7 Handheld Spear - A manually powered spear used from above the

    water's surface.

    3.1.8 Speargun - A pneumatic or rubber band powered device, with a

    line not to exceed 20 feet attached to a spear, used from below the

    water's surface.

    3.1.9 Cull Fish - Carp, tench, rudd, shad (alewife and gizzard shad), and

    goldfish. Additional invasive/exotic fish species may be designated by

    the Commissioner as "cull fish."

    3.1.10 Immediate Control - Such constant control as would enable the

    angler to respond forthwith to a fish taking their bait, lure or fly promptly

    and without any delay.

    3.1.11 Snagging - Snagging shall mean the intentional hooking of a fish

    in a place other than the inside of the fish's mouth. No person shall pull,

    jerk or otherwise purposefully and/or repeatedly manipulate a hook, or

    hooks and line to snag or hook a fish in any method other than to entice a

    fish into taking, by mouth, a hook, lure or fly. Repeated and/or

    exaggerated jerking or pulling of the fishing line and/or hooks in any

    attempt to snag fish, whether it results in physically snagging a fish or

    not, shall be prima facie evidence that snagging has taken place. This

    shall not apply to the use of a gaff to land a fish that has been legally

    hooked.

     3.2 Whether still fishing, casting, or trolling in Vermont waters, a person may take fish only by using not more than two lines over which he or she has immediate control and to each of which lines is attached not more than two baited hooks, or more than three artificial flies, or more than two lures with or without bait, except that at Seymour Lake and Little Averill Lake a person may take fish only by using not more than one line.

     3.3 A person open-water fishing shall not take fish through the ice, from the ice, or from an object supported by the ice.

     3.4 A person shall not take any fish pursuant to subsection (3.2) unless it is hooked in the mouth. Any fish taken under subsection (3.2) that is not hooked in the mouth shall be immediately released pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4602. A fish hooked in any part of the body other than in the mouth shall be considered to be foul hooked, and shall be prima facie evidence of foul hooking.

     3.5 Taking or attempting to take fish by snagging is prohibited in all Vermont Waters.

     4.0 Ice Fishing

     4.1 Definitions

    4.1.1 Ice Fishing - Ice fishing is defined as fishing by means of hook and

    line in hand or attached to a rod, tip-up, jack or bob, where the angler is

    fishing through a hole in the ice, from the ice or on an object supported

    by the ice. Fishing by casting or trolling baited hooks, artificial flies or

    lures shall not be considered ice fishing.

     4.2 Fish may be taken through the ice with not more than two baited hooks or three artificial flies or two lures on each line. A person shall not operate more than eight lines, except on Lake Champlain where no more than 15 lines may be operated, and except on Seymour and Little Averill Lakes, where not more than four lines may be operated.

     4.3 A person ice fishing shall at all times, have immediate control over all lines they operate. A person ice fishing shall be able to visually observe lines they operate. Any line that indicates a fish shall be tended with 30 minutes.

     4.4 A person shall not take any fish pursuant to subsection (4.2) unless it is hooked in the mouth. Any fish taken under subsection (4.2) that is not hooked in the mouth shall be immediately released pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4602. A fish hooked in any part of the body other than in the mouth shall be considered to be foul hooked, and shall be prima facie evidence of foul hooking.

     4.5 The definitions of section 3 are applicable to this section.

     4.6 Taking or attempting to take fish by snagging is prohibited in all Vermont Waters.

     

    Subdivision 5.0 effective January 1, 2020; see also subdivision 5.0 effective until January 1, 2020 .

     5.0 Lake Champlain Boundaries

    Lake Champlain proper shall be considered to include the setback at the same level and the major tributaries to the lake to the following boundaries:

    Dead Creek to Panton Road bridge in Panton;

    East Creek to the falls in Orwell (downstream of Mount Independence Road);

    Lamoille River to the top of first dam (Peterson Dam) in Milton;

    LaPlatte River to the falls in Shelburne (under Falls Road bridge);

    Lewis Creek to falls in North Ferrisburgh (just upstream of Old Hollow Road);

    Little Otter Creek to falls in Ferrisburgh Center (downstream of Little Chicago Road);

    Malletts Creek to the first falls upstream of Roosevelt Highway (US 2 and US 7) in Colchester;

    Mill River in Georgia to the falls in Georgia (just upstream of Georgia Shore Road bridge);

    Missisquoi River to the top of Swanton Dam in the Village of Swanton;

    Mud Creek to the dam in Alburg (just upstream of Route 78 bridge);

    Otter Creek to the top of the dam in the city of Vergennes;

    Poultney River to Central Vermont Power Dam at Carver Falls in West Haven;

    Rock River to first Canadian border crossing;

    Winooski River to the Winooski One hydropower dam west of Main Street (US 7) in Winooski and Burlington;

     6.0 Clyde River: Catch and Release

    Between September 1 and October 31, on the Clyde River from Lake Memphremagog upstream to Charleston Dam (Lubber Lake), West Charleston, a person may fish with artificial flies and lures only, and all salmon caught must be released.

     7.0 Seasonally Closed Waters

     7.1 The following lakes and ponds or portions thereof are hereby designated seasonally closed waters and shall be closed to all fishing except during the open season for trout as provided in section 8 of these regulations:

    Adams Reservoir, Woodford

    Ansel Pond, Bethel

    Baker Pond, Barton

    Bald Hill Pond, Westmore

    Bean Pond, Sutton

    Beaver Pond, Holland

    Beck Pond, Newark

    Beebe Pond, Sunderland

    Big Averill Lake, Norton and Averill

    Big Mud Pond, Mt. Tabor

    Blake Pond, Sutton

    Bourn Pond, Sunderland

    Branch Pond, Sunderland

    Brown Pond, Westmore

    Caspian Lake, Greensboro

    Center Pond, Newark

    Colby Pond, Plymouth

    Cow Mountain Pond, Granby

    Crystal Lake, Barton

    Duck Pond, Sutton

    Dufresne Pond, Manchester

    East Long Pond, Woodbury

    Echo Lake, Charleston

    Ewell Pond, Peacham

    Forest Lake, Averill

    Goshen Dam (Sugar Hill Reservoir), Goshen

    Griffith Lake, Mt. Tabor

    Hapgood Pond, Peru

    Hartwell Pond, Albany

    Holland Pond, Holland

    Jobs Pond, Westmore

    Knapp Brook Pond No. 1, Reading and Cavendish

    Knapp Brook Pond No. 2, Reading and Cavendish

    Lake Dunmore-Salisbury and Leicester - Except from Sucker Brook to

    the island south, which shall be open.

    Levi Pond, Groton

    Lewis Pond, Lewis

    Little Averill Lake, Averill

    Little Elmore Pond, Elmore

    Little Rocky Pond, Wallingford

    Long Pond, Newbury

    Long Pond, Westmore

    Maidstone Lake, Maidstone

    Marl Pond, Sutton

    Martins Pond, Peacham

    May Pond, Barton

    McIntosh Pond, Royalton

    Mud Pond, Hyde Park

    Nelson Pond (Forest Lake), Calais and Woodbury

    Nichols Pond, Woodbury

    North Pond, Chittenden

    Norton Pond, Norton

    Notch Pond, Ferdinand

    Noyes (Seyon) Pond, Groton

    Peacham Pond, Peacham

    Perch Pond, (Zack Woods Pond), Hyde Park

    Pigeon Pond, Groton

    Red Mill Pond, Woodford

    Seymour Lake, Morgan

    Shadow Lake, Glover

    Silver Lake, Leicester

    South America Pond, Ferdinand

    South Pond, Marlboro

    Spring Lake, Shrewsbury

    Stannard Pond, Stannard

    Sterling Pond, Cambridge

    Stoughton Pond, Weathersfield

    Stratton Pond, Stratton

    Sunset Lake, Benson

    Unknown Pond, Averys Gore

    Unknown Pond, Ferdinand

    Vail Pond, Sutton

    Vernon Hatchery Pond, Vernon

    West Mountain Pond, Maidstone

    Wheeler Pond, Barton and Sutton

    Willoughby Lake, Westmore

    Zack Woods, (Perch Pond), Hyde Park

     7.2 All streams are hereby designated seasonally closed waters and shall be closed to all fishing except during the open season for trout as provided in section 8 of these regulations; and

    7.2.1 except that the following streams shall be open to trout fishing only, and no fishing for other species shall be allowed, from November 1 to the Friday before the second Saturday in April, as set forth in Table 7.2.2.

     

    7.2.2: STREAMS OPEN TO FISHING FOR TROUT ONLY FROM

     NOVEMBER 1 TO THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE SECOND      WEEK IN APRIL

    1. Waters

    2. Methods

    3.Season

    Size Restrictions

    5.Daily Bag Limit

    Listed Below

    Artificial fly or lure only

    November 1 to the Friday before the 2nd Saturday in April:

    Catch and release only

    Zero-All trout must be immediately released to the water where taken:

    Black River – From the top of the Lovejoy Dam in Springfield upstream to  the Howard Hill Road Bridge in Cavendish.

    Deerfield River – From the Woods Road (Medburyville) bridge in Wilmington upstream approximately 2 miles to the VT Route 9W bridge in Searsburg.

    East Creek (Rutland City) – From the confluence with Otter Creek upstream (approximately 2.7 miles) to the top of the Patch Dam in Rutland City.

    Hoosic River – From the Vermont/New York border upstream to the Vermont/Massachusetts border.

    Lamoille River – From the top of the hydroelectric dam at Fairfax Falls upstream to the top of the Cady’s Falls Dam in Morristown. 

    Moose River – From the confluence with Passumpsic River upstream to the downstream edge of the Concord Avenue bridge in St. Johnsbury.

    Otter Creek – From the top of the Center Rutland Falls in Rutland upstream to the Danby-Mt. Tabor Forest Road Bridge (Forest Road #10) in Mt. Tabor.

    Passumpsic River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of Arnolds Falls Dam in St. Johnsbury.

    Walloomsac River– From the Vermont/New York border in Bennington upstream to the top of the former Vermont Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of Murphy Road) in Bennington. 

    Winooski River – From the top of the Bolton Dam  in Waterbury and Duxbury upstream to the VT Route 2/100 in Duxbury and Waterbury.

     

    8.0 Fish - Open Seasons, Size Restrictions and Daily Bag Limits.

     

    Fish of the species named or described in the tables set forth below may be taken:

    In the waters specified in column 1, by the method specified in column 2, during the open season specified in column 3.

    Provided they meet any size restrictions specified in column 4., and only in numbers listed under daily bag limits specified in column 5., under no circumstances may a person take in one day, more than the daily bag or weight limit from a listed body of water. No person may take in aggregate more than the daily State-wide aggregate limit for any species listed.

    Businesses may buy lawfully taken fish, with the approval of the Commissioner, pursuant to the Commercial angling rules set forth in 10 V.S.A. App. 123.

    8.1 Possession limits are equal to twice the daily bag limits. Fish species with limit restrictions may not be possessed in excess of the possession limits at any time.

    8.1.1 No person shall have live fish in their possession that are transported in a manner which attempts to keep them alive when leaving waters of the State (10 V.S.A. §  1251(13)), except as follows:

    8.1.1.1 the person has been issued a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit by the Commissioner,

    8.1.1.2 the person has been issued scientific collection permit by the Commissioner which specifically approves of the activity,

    8.1.1.3 the person has been issued a fish transportation permit by the Commissioner which specifically approves of the activity,

    8.1.1.4 the person has been issued a fish breeders permit or fish importation permit by the Commissioner which specifically approves of the activity.

    8.2 The daily bag limit for a fish species on a water body with a closed season for that fish species is zero.

    8.3 "General waters" restrictions are the provisions applicable to all waters of the State, except the waters specifically named or described.

    8.4 Unless otherwise specifically provided, fish not listed in this regulation may be taken at any time and without size or catch limit, in waters not listed as seasonally closed waters in Section 7 of these regulations.

    8.5 Open Seasons, Size Restrictions and Daily Bag Limits Tables

     

    8.5.1 STATEWIDE AGGREGATE DAILY BAG LIMITS

    (Maximum number of a fish species that may be taken in one day)

     

     

             FISH SPECIES                          DAILY AGGREGRATE LIMITS

    Brook Trout                                                    12 fish

    Brown and Rainbow Trout        Maximum Combination of 6 fish

    Lake Trout                              2 fish, (3 if taken from Lake Champlain)

    Salmon                                                            2 fish

    Large and Smallmouth Bass      Maximum combination of 5 fish

    Northern Pike                                                  5 fish

    Chain Pickerel                                                10 fish

    Muskellunge                                                   0 fish

    Walleye                                                           3 fish

    Black and White Crappie                                25 fish

    American Shad                                               0 fish

    Yellow Perch                                                  50 fish

    Yellow Perch exception                      Lake Champlain - No daily limit

    Sauger                                                             0 fish

     


     

    8.5.2 BROOK, BROWN AND RAINBOW TROUT

     

    1. Waters           2. Methods         3. Season            4. Size                5. Daily Bag

                                                                                  Restrictions        Limit

     

    General              Open-Water       Second               No restriction     6 trout

    waters.                fishing              Saturday in

    (except as                                   April through

    listed below)                               October 31

    Lake Champlain Open-water        No closed           Minimum length             3 trout

                              and ice fishing   season                 of 12 inches

    Rivers and          Open-water        Second               No restriction     12 trout, of

    Streams               fishing               Saturday in                                 which not

    April through                             more

                                                        October 31                                 than 6 can be

                                                                                                         brown and/or

                                                                                                           rainbow

     

    8.5.3 TROPHY TROUT STREAMS

     

    1. Waters           2. Methods         3. Season            4. Size                5. Daily Bag

                                                                                  Restrictions        Limit

     

    Listed Below:  Open-water     Second            No restriction  2 trout in

                                 fishing        Saturday in                              aggregate

                                                    April through

                                                    October 31

    Black River along Rt. 131 in Weathersfield and Cavendish, - from

    Downers covered bridge upstream (approximately 4 miles) to the next bridge

    across the river, The Howard Hill Bridge.

     

    East Creek in Rutland City - From the confluence with Otter Creek

    upstream (approximately 2.7 miles) to the top of the Patch Dam in Rutland

    City.

     

    Lamoille River From the downstream edge of the bridge on Route 104 in

    the Village of Fairfax upstream (approximately 1.6 miles) to the top of the

    Fairfax Falls Dam in Fairfax.

     

    Little River - From the confluence with Winooski River in Waterbury

    upstream to the top of the Waterbury Reservoir Dam in Waterbury.

     

    Missisquoi River in Enosburg and Sheldon - From the downstream edge

    of Kane Road (TH-3) bridge upstream (approximately 5.7 miles) to the top of

    the Enosburg Falls Dam in Enosburg Falls.

     

    Otter Creek in Danby and Mt. Tabor - From the Vermont Railway Bridge

    north of the fishing access upstream (approximately 2 miles) to the Danby-Mt.

    Tabor Forest Rd. Bridge (Forest Road # 10).

     

    Passumpsic River in the Village of St. Johnsbury - From the top of

    the Gage Dam in St. Johnsbury upstream (approximately 2.4 miles) to the top

    of the Arnold Falls Dam.

     

    Moose River - From the confluence with the Passumpsic River

    upstream (approximately 350 feet) to the downstream edge of the Concord

    Avenue bridge in the Village of St. Johnsbury.

     

    Walloomsac River in Bennington - From the Vermont/New York border

    upstream to the top of the former Vermont Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of

    Murphy Road) in Bennington.

     

    Winooski River in Duxbury and Waterbury - From the top of the Bolton

    Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury upstream to the Route 2 Bridge (east side of

    Waterbury Village).

    8.5.4 RAINBOW TROUT (Including STEELHEAD) / BROWN TROUT

     

    1. Waters      2. Methods      3. Season       4. Size                            5. Daily Bag

                                                                      Restrictions                    Limit

     

    Listed       Open-water   Second         Minimum length         2 trout

    Below:      fishing          Saturday in   of 10 inches

                                           April through

                                           October 31

     Lakes and Ponds

          Caspian Lake, Greensboro

          Echo Lake,

    Charleston

          Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay), Coventry, Derby, Newport

                City and Newport;

    Willoughby Lake, Westmore

     

    Rivers and Streams:

          Orleans County:

              Barton River - From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the downstream

                side of the US Route 5 bridge southernmost and closest to the Village

                of Barton in Barton.

              Black River - From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the downstream

                side of the VT Route 14 / 58 bridge in Irasburg.

              Johns River - From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert)

                upstream of Lake Memphremagog on North Derby Road (TH #6)

                upstream to U.S. 5, in Derby.

              Willoughby River - The entire Willoughby River, from the confluence

                with Barton River in Barton upstream to the Willoughby Lake outlet  in

                Westmore.

    8.5.5 BROOK, BROWN, RAINBOW, LAKE TROUT AND SALMON - 2 FISH AGGREGATE LIMITS

     

    1. Waters      2. Methods      3. Season       4. Size                  5. Daily Bag

                                                                            Restrictions    Limit

    Listed          Open-water       Second              See                  Two fish in

    below:         fishing               Saturday in        regulations     aggregate

                                                  April through   for specific

                                                  October 31        bodies of

                                                                            waters

    Big Averill Lake, Norton and Averill

    Caspian Lake, Greensboro

    Center

    Pond, Newark

    Crystal Lake, Barton

    East Long Pond, Woodbury

    Echo Lake,

    Charleston

    Elligo Lake, Craftsbury and Greensboro

    Forest Lake (Nelson

    Pond), Calais and Woodbury

    Harveys Lake, Barnet

    Jobs Pond, Westmore

    Lake Dunmore, Salisbury

    Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay), Coventry, Derby, Newport City and Newport

    Little Averill Lake, Averill

    Long Pond, Westmore

    Maidstone Lake, Maidstone

    Martins Pond, Peacham

    Nelson Pond (Forest

    Lake), Calais and Woodbury

    Nichols Pond, Woodbury

    Seymour Lake, Morgan

    Shadow Lake, Glover

    Spring Lake, Shrewsbury

    Sunset Lake, Benson

    Willoughby Lake, Westmore.


     

    8.5.6 STREAMS OPEN TO YEAR ROUND TROUT FISHING

     

    1. Waters      2. Methods      3. Season           4. Size             5. Daily Bag

                                                                            Restrictions     Limit

    The follow   Artificial fly    No closed           Catch and       Zero - All

    ing por-        or lure only,     season for           release only    trout must be  

    tions of         except during   catch and                                   immediately

    the speci-      the open           release only                               returned to

    fied rivers     season for                                                          the waters

    shall be         trout.                                                                  where taken,

    open to                                                                                    except during

    fishing for                                                                               the open

    trout  year                                                                                season, limits

    round:                                                                                      apply in

    (Listed                                                                                     accordance

    below)                                                                                    with the river

                                                                                                    selected.

                                                    Open season;    During the

                                                    from the 2nd    open season

                                                    Saturday in     follow any

                                                    April through   species

                                                    October 31      restrictions

                                                   for the

                                                    selected river

    Black River - From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of

                the Lovejoy Dam in Springfield.

    Lamoille River - From the Lake Champlain boundary (top of Peterson Dam in

                Milton) upstream to the top of the hydroelectric Dam at Fairfax Falls.

    Lewis Creek - From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the State

                Prison Hollow Road (TH #3) bridge in Starksboro.

    Missisquoi River - From Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the top of

                the Enosburg Falls Dam in Enosburg Falls.

    Ompompanoosuc River - From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to

                the Union Village Dam in Thetford.

    Otter Creek - From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to top of Center

                Rutland Falls in Rutland.

    Waits River - From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of

                the Central Vermont Power Dam in Bradford.

    West River - From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the

                Townshend Dam in Townshend.

    White River - From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the bridge

                on Route 107 in Bethel.

    Williams River - From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top

                of the dam at Brockway Mills Falls in Rockingham.

    Winooski River - From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the Bolton

                Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury.

    8.5.7 LAKE TROUT AND SALMON

     

    1. Waters         2. Methods      3. Season         4. Size             5. Daily Bag

                                                                            Restrictions    Limit

    General           Open-water   Second             Salmon -          2 Lake Trout

    Waters (all      fishing          Saturday in         Minimum  or   2 Salmon or

    waters except                       April through     length of          1 of each

    as listed below)                    October 31         15 inches

                                                                            Lake Trout -

                                                                            Minimum

                                                                            Length of

                                                                            18 inches

    Lake                Open-water  No Closed          Lake Trout      3 Lake Trout

    Champlain       and ice          Season               and Salmon -   and 2 Salmon

                            fishing                                     Minimum

                                                                            length of

                                                                            15 inches

    Little               Open-water  Angling:             Lake Trout -    1 Lake Trout

    Averill             fishing, with second                Minimum        and 1 salmon

    Lake                not more       Saturday in         length of

    and                  1 line           April through      20 inches         or 2 Salmon

    Seymour                              October 31

    Lake

               

                            Ice fishing   Ice fishing:          Salmon -

                            with not       third Saturday     Minimum

                            more than    in January           length of

                            4 lines        through March     15 inches

                                               15

    Clyde Pond,    Open-        Second                  Lake Trout -    2 Lake Trout

    Pond,               water         Saturday in            Minimum         or 2 Salmon

    Salem Lake,                fishing       April through        length of          or 2 Salmon or

    Little Salem                       August 31              18 inches         1 of each

    Lake, and                         

    Clyde River

    from Lake

    Memphremagog

    upstream to

    Citizen's

    Charleston

    Dam (Lubber

    Lake), West

    Charleston

                                                                            Salmon -

                                                                            Minimum

                                                                            length of

                                                                            17 inches

                            Open-           September 1       Lake                            2 Lake Trout,

                            water            through               Trout -             0 Salmon, (all

                            fishing:         October 31         Minimum        salmon must be

                            River from                              length of          immediately

                Lake                                        18 inches         released

                Memphremagog                                                    

                            to Charleston

                            Dam -

                            Artificial

                            flies and

                            lures only

    Lake                Open-water   Second              Lake Trout -    2 Lake Trout

    Memphremagog   fishing     Saturday in        Minimum        or 2 Salmon or

    (including                             April through     length of          1 of each

    South Bay                            October 31         18 inches

     

                            Ice Fishing   Third Saturday  Salmon -

                                                  in January          Minimum

                                                  through              length of

                                                  March 15           17 inches

    Listed              Open-water   Second       Lake Trout -    2 Lake Trout

    Below:              fishing                 Saturday in     Minimum length  or 2 Salmon or

                                               April through   of 18 inches    1 of each

                                               October 31

                                                                       Salmon -

                                                                       Minimum length

                                                                       of 17 inches

    Orleans County:

           Barton River - From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the downstream

                side of the US Route 5 bridge southernmost and closest to the Village

                of Barton in Barton.

           Black River - From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the downstream

                side of the VT Route 14 / 58 bridge in Irasburg.

           Johns River - From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert)

                upstream of Lake Memphremagog on North Derby Road  (TH #6)

                upstream to U.S. 5, in Derby.

           Willoughby River - The entire Willoughby River, from confluence with

                Barton River in Barton upstream to the Willoughby Lake outlet in

                Westmore.


     

    8.5.8 SPECIAL ICE FISHING PROVISIONS FOR BROOK, BROWN, RAINBOW, LAKE TROUT, SALMON AND BASS

     

    1. Waters     2. Methods      3. Season            4. Size             5. Daily Bag

                                                                            Restrictions    Limit

    Listed       Ice Fishing         Third Saturday    See species      See species

    below:                                  in January           restriction        restriction

                                                 through March   for individual  for individual

                                                 15                       body of water  body of water

     

    Big Averill Lake, Norton and Averill;

    Big Salem Lake, Derby;

    Caspian

    Lake, Greensboro;

    Chittenden Dam, Chittenden;

    Crystal Lake, Barton;

    Echo Lake, Charleston;

    Echo Lake, Plymouth;

    Eden Lake, Eden;

    Elligo Lake, Craftsbury and Greensboro;

    Glen Lake, Castleton, Fair Haven, and Benson;

    Harriman Reservoir, Whitingham and Wilmington;

    Harveys Lake, Barnet;

    Island Pond, Brighton;

    Joes Pond, Cabot, Danville;

    Lake Bomoseen, Castleton and Hubbardton;

    Lake Dunmore, Leicester, and Salisbury;

    Lake Fairlee, Thetford, West Fairlee, Fairlee;

    Lake Hortonia, Sudbury, Hubbardton;

    Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and the connecting waters),

                Coventry, Derby, Newport City and Newport;

    Lake Morey, Fairlee;

    Lake Rescue, Ludlow;

    Lake St. Catherine, Wells, Poultney;

    Little Averill Lake, Averill;

    Little Salem Lake, Derby;

    Maidstone Lake, Maidstone;

    Marshfield Dam (Mollys Falls Reservoir), Cabot;

    Miles Pond, Concord;

    Nelson Pond (Forest Lake), Calais and Woodbury;

    Newark Pond, Newark

    Norton Pond, Norton;

    Parker Pond, Glover;

    Peacham Pond, Peachman;

    Pensioner Pond, Charleston;

    Seymour Lake, Morgan;

    Shadow Lake, Glover;

    Somerset Reservoir, Somerset;

    Sunset Lake, Benson;

    Wallace Pond, Canaan;

    Waterbury Reservoir, Waterbury;

    Willoughby Lake,

    Westmore;

    Woodbury Lake, (Sabin Pond), Calais and Woodbury

     

    8.5.9 SPECIAL REGULATION TROUT STREAMS

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                               Restrictions                          Limit

     

    White                     Open-water           Second                   Minimum length                  1 trout

    River  -                  fishing, with         Saturday in           of 18 inches

    From the               artificial                April through

    confluence            lures and               October 31.

    with                       flies only.

    Lilliesville

    Brook in

    Stockbridge

    downstream

    3.3 miles to

    220 ft.

    downstream of

    the

    confluence

    with

    Cleveland

    Brook in

    Bethel.

     Mettawee             Open-water           Second                   10 to 14                                 2 trout, only

    River -                   fishing                    Saturday in           inches                                     1 greater than

    From the                                               April through       protected                               14 inches

    downstream                                          October 31.         slot: (all

    edge of the                                                                           trout 10 to 14

    Route 153                                                                            inches must be

    bridge in                                                                               released)

    Pawlet

    upstream

    (approximately

     16 miles) to

    the

    downstream

    edge of first

    bridge on

    Dorset Hollow

    Road and

    including

    tributary:

    Flower Brook

    upstream

    (approximately

     1000 ft) to

    the

    downstream

    edge of the

    Route 30

    bridge in

    Pawlet.

    Winooski              Open-water           June 1 through     10 to 16                                 2 trout, only

    River                     fishing                   October 31           inches                                    1 greater than

    Tributaries -                                                                         protected                               16 inches

    Listed Below                                                                       slot: (all

                                                                                                    fish 10 to 16

                                                                                                    inches must be

                                                                                                   released)

     

     Winooski River Tributaries

     Joiner Brook, Bolton  - From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately

                    1900 feet to the first falls.

     Pinneo Brook, Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately

                    100 feet to the railroad crossing.

     Preston Brook, Bolton -  From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately

                    2600 feet to the first falls.

     Ridley Brook, Duxbury - From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately

                    1700 feet to the first falls.

     

    Listed                Open-water              Second                  10 to 16                                2 trout, only

    Below:              fishing                       Saturday in           inches                                    1 greater than

                                                                   April through       protected                               16 inches

                                                                   October 31           slot: (all

                                                                                                   fish 10 to 16

                                                                                                   inches must be

                                                                                                   released)

     

     New Haven River - From Munger Street Bridge in New Haven upstream (approximately 4.1

                    miles) to the South Street bridge in Bristol.

     Winooski River - From Preston Brook mouth upstream (approximately 4.4 miles) to the

                    Ridley Brook mouth.

     

    Batten               Open-water               Second                   All trout must                       Zero, all

    Kill -                  fishing                       Saturday in           be immediately                     trout must be

    From the                                               April through       released.                                immediately

    New York                                             October 31                                                           released.

    State line

    upstream

    (approximately

     20.6 miles)

    to downstream

    side of Depot

    Street Bridge

    (Route 11/30)

    in Manchester.

    Dog River         Open-water              Second                   All trout must                       Zero, all

    - From               fishing with              Saturday in           be immediately                    trout must be

    the                     artificial                    April through       released                                 immediately

    downstream      lures and                   October 31                                                           released.

    edge of the        flies only for

    Junction Road   anglers 15

    Bridge in           years of age

    Berlin/              or older

    Montpelier

    upstream to

    the top of

    the

    Northfield

    Falls Dam in

    Northfield

     

    Listed               Open-water               Second                   No size                                   12 trout of

    below:               fishing                        Saturday in           restriction.                            which not

                                                                   April through                                                      more than 6

                                                                   September 30                                                      can be

                                                                                                                                                    brown and/or

                                                                                                                                                   rainbow trout

                                                                                                                                                   in aggregate.

                               Open-water              October 1,             All trout must                       Zero, all

                               fishing                       through                 be immediately                    trout must be

                                                                   October 31           released.                                immediately

                                                                                                                                                    released.

     

    Batten Kill (East Branch) - In towns of Manchester and Dorset from the downstream side of

                    Depot Street Bridge (Route 11/30) in Manchester upstream (approximately 5.0 miles)

                    to the downstream side of the US Route 7 Bridge south of East Dorset.

    Green River - In the towns of Arlington and Sandgate from its confluence with Batten Kill

                    upstream (approximately 8.5 miles) to the confluence with Moffitt Hollow Brook in

                    Beartown.

    Roaring Branch In the towns of Arlington and Sunderland from its confluence with the Batten

                    Kill upstream (approximately 3.0 miles) to the downstream side of the Bridge #14 on

                    Sunderland TH# 3 in East Kansas.

    Warm Brook - In the town of Arlington from its Confluence with the Roaring Branch upstream

                    (approximately 0.8 miles) to the base of the so-called Hale Company Dam in East

                    Arlington.

     


     

    8.5.10 ANADROMOUS ATLANTIC SALMON

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season                              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                               Restrictions          Limit

     

    Connecticut          No person             No Open Season                  All fish must        Zero - All

    River and              shall take or                                                        be immediately    Anadromous

    tributaries             attempt to                                                            released                 Atlantic

    take an                                                                                                salmon must

    anadromous                                                                                         be immedi-

                                  Atlantic                                                                                             ately released

                                  salmon, any

                                  salmon

                                  unintentionally

                                  taken shall

                                  be immediately

                                  released in

                                  accordance

                                  with section

                                  4602

     

    8.5.11 AMERICAN SHAD

     

    1. Waters                              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                               Restrictions          Limit

    Connecticut                          Open-water         No closed             All shad                 Zero - All

    River,                                  fishing                    season                    must be                  shall must be

    Including                                                                                               released                 immediately

    Vermont river                                                                                                                       released

    tributaries


     

    8.5.12 BOWFIN, REDHORSE SUCKER (MULLET),

    LONGNOSE GAR

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                               Restrictions          Limit

     

    General                 Open-water and    No closed            No restriction       No more than 5

    Waters (and          ice fishing              season                                                  of any one

    as listed                                                                                                                 species

    below)

    General                 Speargun, bow      No closed             No restriction      No more than 5

    Waters                  and crossbow        season                                                 of any one

    (Except                 all with line                                                                          species

    seasonally             attached to

    closed waters        arrow

    and as listed

    below

    Lake                      Open-water and  No closed             No restriction       No more than 5

    Champlain,           ice fishing,            season                                                   fish of any

    not to                     speargun, bow                                                                      one species

    include                   and crossbow

    tributaries             all with line

                                    attached to

                                    arrow

    Lake                      Shooting and        March 25              No restriction        No more than 5

    Champlain,           Handheld Spear  through May                                       of any one

    not to                                                     25, Title 10                                          species

    include                                                  4606(e)

    tributaries


     

    8.5.13 SUCKER (LONGNOSE AND WHITE),

    and CULL FISH

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                               Restrictions          Limit

     

    General                 Open-water and  No closed               No restriction       No Limit

    Waters (and           ice fishing          season

    as listed

    below)

    General                 Speargun, bow   No Closed              No restriction       No Limit

    Waters                  and crossbow     Season

    (Except                 all with line

    seasonally             attached to

    closed waters        arrow

    and as listed

    below)

    Lake                      Open-water and  No closed               No restriction       No Limit

    Champlain,           ice fishing,          season

    not to                     speargun, bow

    include                  and crossbow

    tributaries             all with line

                                   attached to

                                   arrow

    Lake                      Shooting and    March 25                  No restriction       No Limit

    Champlain,           Handheld         through May

    not to                      Spear                25, Title 10

    include                                           4606(e)

    tributaries

     

    8.5.14 BULLHEAD

     

    1. Waters               2. Methods      3. Season                  4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                    Restrictions          Limit

    General                 Open-water      No closed                  No restriction       No Limit

    Waters (and          and ice             season

    as listed                  fishing

    below)

    Lake                      Open-water      No closed                  No restriction       No Limit

    Champlain,           and ice              season

    not to                      fishing

    include

    tributaries

    Lake                      Shooting and    March 25                  No restriction       No Limit

    Champlain,           Handheld          through May

    not to                      Spear                 25, Title 10

    include                                             4606(e)

    tributaries


     

    8.5.15 NORTHERN PIKE

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                               Restrictions          Limit

     

    General                 Open-water           No closed             Minimum length  5 Fish

    Waters                  and ice                   season                   of 20 inches

    (except as              fishing

    listed below)

    Lake Champlain Open-water           No closed             Minimum length  5 Fish

                                   and ice                   season                   of 20 inches

                                    fishing

                                   Shooting and        March 25              Minimum length  5 Fish

                                   handheld               through May        of 20 inches

                                   spearing                25, 10 VSA

    4606

     

    8.5.16 CHAIN AND REDFIN PICKEREL

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions           Limits

    General                 Open-water and  No closed             No restriction       No Limit

    Waters                   ice fishing            season

    (except as

    listed below)

    Lake Champlain Open-water and  No closed               No restriction       10 fish

                                   ice fishing             season

                                   Shooting and        March 25              No restriction       10 Fish

                                   handheld               through May 25

                                   spearing

     

    8.5.17 MUSKELLUNGE

     

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

    General                 Open-water and  No closed             All                          Zero – All             

    Waters                  ice fishing;            season                   muskellunge         muskellunge

    (except as              Catch and                                            must be                 must be

    listed below)          release with                                         released                 immediately

                                    artificial                                                                                released

                                   lures and

                                   flies only

    Lake Champlain Open-water and  No closed             All                          Zero - All

                                   ice fishing;            season                   muskellunge         muskellunge

                                   Catch and                                            must be                 must be

                                   release with                                          released                 immediately

                                   artificial                                                                                released

                                   lures and

                                   flies only

                                   Shooting and         March 25                                             Zero Fish

                                   handheld               through May

                                   spearing                25, 10 VSA

                                                                   4606(e)


    8.5.18 SMELT

    1. Waters              2. Methods           3. Season              4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

    All waters             Open-water           No closed             No restriction       No limit

                                   and ice                   season

                                   fishing

     

     

    8.5.19 BLACK AND WHITE CRAPPIE

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

    All waters             Open-water and  No closed             Minimum length  25 fish,

                                   ice fishing             season                   of 8 inches            Combined

     

     

    8.5.20 YELLOW PERCH

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

    General                 Open-water and  No closed             No restriction       50 fish

    Waters                  ice fishing             season

    (except as

    listed

    below)

    Lake Champlain Open-water and     No closed             No restriction       No Limit

                                   ice fishing             season

     

    Businesses may buy lawfully taken fish, with the approval of the Commissioner, pursuant to the Commercial angling rule set for in 10 V.S.A. APP § 123

     

    8.5.21 YELLOW PERCH

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

    General                 Open-water          No closed             No restriction       5 fish

    Waters                  fishing                   season

    (except as

    listed below)

    Lakes, Ponds        Open-water          Second                  Minimum length  5 Fish

    and reservoirs       fishing                    Saturday in            of 10 inches                                 

    (Ice                         June through

                                   fishing - see          through

                                   special                   Nov. 30th.

                                   provisions)

    Lakes, Ponds        Open-water          Second                  All bass must         Zero - All

    and                        fishing: Catch       Saturday in            be released            bass must be

    reservoirs              and release            April through                                      immediately

    (seasonally            with                       the Friday                                             released

    closed)                  artificial                before the

                                   lures and               Second

                                   flies only               Saturday in

                                                                   June, both

                                                                   dates

                                                                   inclusive.

    Lakes, Ponds        Open-water          Dec. 1 through     All bass must       Zero - All

    and                        fishing: Catch       the Friday             be released            bass must be

    reservoirs              and release            before the                                             immediately

    (not                        with                       Second                                                  released

    seasonally             artificial                Saturday in

    closed)                  lures and               June, both

                                   flies only               dates

                                                                   inclusive.

    Seasonally,           Open-water          Only when such  No restrictions      5 fish

    Closed Waters      fishing                   rivers and

    - streams                                              streams are

                                                                   open to trout

                                                                   fishing except

                                                                   as prohibited

                                                                   by Section 9.2

    Lake Morey,         Open-water           Second                  Largemouth          5 Fish

    Fairlee                   fishing (Ice           Saturday in           bass - Minimum

                                   fishing -                 June through       length of 14

                                   see special            Nov. 30                inches

                                    provisions)

    Lake Morey,         Open-water          Dec. 1 through     All bass must       Zero  - All

    Fairlee                   fishing Catch        Friday before        be released            bass must be

                                   and release            the Second                                           immediately

                                   with                       Saturday in                                          released.

                                   artificial                June, both

                                   lures and               dates

                                   flies only               inclusive.


     

     

    Kent Pond,           Open-water          Second                  Largemouth          10 fish, only

    Killington             fishing                   Saturday in           Bass:                     1 fish greater

    and Baker                                            June through        protected               than 12 inches.

    Pond,                                                     Nov. 30                slot: 10-12

    Brookfield                                                                            inches (all

                                                                                                   fish between

                                                                                                   10 & 12 inches

                                                                                                   must be

                                                                                                   released)

    Kent Pond,           Open-water          Dec. 1 through     All bass must       Zero  - All

    Killington             fishing: Catch       Friday before        be released            bass must be

    and Baker             and release            the Second                                           immediately

    Pond,                     with                       Saturday in                                          released

    Brookfield            artificial                June, both

                                   lures and               dates

                                   flies only               inclusive.

     

    8.5.22 WALLEYE

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

     

     

    General                 Open-water and  First Saturday      Minimum length  3 Fish

    Waters and           ice fishing             in May through    of 18 inches

    Lake                                                      March 15

    Champlain

    (except as

    listed

    below)

    Lake Carmi,         Open-water and  First Saturday      Minimum length  5 fish,

    Franklin                Ice fishing             in May through    of 15 inches          provided only

                                                                   March 15              Protected              1 is over 19

                                                                                                   lengths - 17           inches

                                                                                                   to 19 inches

                                                                                                   (all fish

                                                                                                   between 17 &

                                                                                                   19 inches must

                                                                                                   be released)

    Chittenden            Open-water and  June 1 through     Minimum length  2 fish

    Reservoir,             ice fishing             March 15              of 22 inches

    Chittenden

    8.5.23 SAUGER

    1. Waters              2. Methods            3. Season             4. Size                   5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                   Restrictions          Limits

     

    General                 Open-water and  No open season    Any fish taken     Zero - All

    Waters and           ice fishing                                             must be                 Sauger taken

    Lake                                                                                      immediately         must be

    Champlain                                                                           released.                immediately

                                                                                                                                   released.


     

    Spawning grounds for game fish - generally

    8.6 The below listed waters are declared spawning grounds for game fish and are hereby closed to the taking of fish from second Saturday in April through May 31 annually.

    Chittenden County

    Joiner Brook, Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River

                   upstream approximately 1,900 feet to the first falls.

    Pinneo Brook, Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River

                   upstream approximately 100 feet to the railroad crossing.

    Preston Brook, Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River

                   upstream approximately 2,600 feet to the first falls.

    Orleans County

    Black River - From 600 feet below the falls at Old Harman Mill in

                   Coventry upstream to the top of falls at Old Harman Mill in

                   Coventry.

    Ware Brook - From the downstream edge of  the furthest downstream

                   bridge/culvert  on  Back Coventry Road (TH #8 in Irasburg)

                   upstream approximately one mile to top of the first major

                   natural  falls on Ware Brook.

    Alder (Stony) Brook - From its confluence with the Black River

                   upstream 3 1/2 miles to the outlet of Sargent Pond, in Coventry.

    Willoughby River - From the confluence of the Brownington Branch of

                   the Willoughby River in Brownington upstream to the

                   downstream edge of the bridge on Vermont Route 58 in the

                   village of Evansville (Brownington); and from the downstream

                   edge of bridge on the Tarbox Hill Road in Orleans Village

                   upstream to the top of the natural falls upstream of the bridge on

                   Tarbox Hill Road  in Orleans Village.

    Dorin, Wells, Myers, Schoolhouse and Mill Brooks - From mouth of

                   brooks at Lake Willoughby upstream approximately 3/4 mile in

                   Dorin Brook, all of Wells Brook, 1/2 mile in Myers Brook, 1/4

                   mile in the Schoolhouse Brook and 1/4 mile in Mill Brook and

                   tributaries, all in Westmore. For identification purpose these

                   brooks are arranged in order from north to south, and flow

                   through Vermont Agency of Transportation structures on Route

                   5A number 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6, respectively.

    Brownington Branch of the Willoughby River in Brownington - From its

                   confluence at the Willoughby River extending upstream to the

                   second road crossing on Brownington Chilafoux Road (TH

                   #15). Said crossing is located approximately 2.4 miles from

                   Brownington Center on Chilafoux Road (TH #15).

    Country Club Brook - From its confluence with the Willoughby River

                   extending upstream to Hollow Road (TH #14) in Barton.

    Porter Brook, Greensboro - From Caspian Lake upstream to its

                   headwaters. (1987, Fish and Wildlife Commissioner's Reg. No.

                   970, eff. April 1, 1987.)

    Johns River - From the downstream edge of the bridge on Beebe Road

                   (TH #3) upstream approximately two tenths of a mile to the

                   downstream edge of bridge on Elm Street (TH #2) in Derby.

    Outlet Brook - From the highway bridge near Echo Lake in Charleston

                   upstream to the top of dam at outlet of Seymour Lake.

    Washington County

    Chase Brook - From its confluence with the Dog River upstream

                   approximately 1/2 mile to the top of the natural falls in Berlin.

    Ridley Brook, Duxbury - From the confluence of the Winooski River

                   upstream approximately 1,700 feet to the first falls.

    Windsor County

    Lilliesville Brook in the Town of Stockbridge from its confluence with

                   the White River upstream to the 2nd bridge on the Lilliesville

                   Brook Road.

    Locust Creek in Bethel from its confluence with the White River

                   upstream to the 2nd bridge on Rt. 12.

    8.7 The below named waters are closed from March 16 through May 31:

    Chittenden County

    Lamoille River - From the downstream edge of the bridge on Bear Trap

                   Road in Milton (referred to as the West Milton Bridge upstream

                   to the top of first dam (Peterson Dam)) in Milton.

    Winooski River -From the Winooski One Hydro dam west of Main

                   Street (US 7) in  Winooski and Burlington and extending

                   downstream to the downstream side of the first railroad bridge.

    Franklin County

    Missisquoi River - From the top of the Swanton dam in the Village of

                   Swanton downstream approximately 850 feet to the water

                   treatment plant on the west side of the river, and downstream

                   approximately 850 feet to the upstream end of the cement

                   breakwater on the east side of the river. (1988, Fish and

                   Wildlife Board Reg. No. 975, eff. April 7, 1988.)

    8.8 The below named waters are closed from March 16 to the Friday before the 1st Saturday in May, both dates inclusive:

    Franklin County

    Missisquoi River - From the top of the Swanton Dam in the Village of

                   Swanton extending downstream 5,120 feet to the Northwest

                   corner (downstream) of the Riverside Cemetery and across the

                   river to a pole on the Northeast bank.

    8.9 The below named waters are closed to fishing year-round:

    Orleans County

    Clyde River - From 260 feet below the top of the abandoned Mill Dam

                   immediately upstream of the Number 1, 2, 3 hydroelectric

                   powerhouse in Newport City, upstream to the top of the

                   abandoned Mill Dam immediately upstream of the Number 1, 2,

                   3 hydroelectric powerhouse in Newport City.

    8.10 The below named waters are closed from October 1 through October 31:

    Orleans County

    Johns River - From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert)

                   upstream of Lake Memphremagog on North Derby Road  (TH

                   #6) upstream to U.S. 5, in Derby.

     

    (Added 1961, No. 119, § 2, eff. May 9, 1961; amended 1963, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. Aug. 23, 1963; 1966, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. Jan. 1, 1967; 1968, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. Jan. 1, 1969; 1971, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 840, eff. March 19, 1971; 1971, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. June 21, 1971; 1973, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 866, eff. Jan. 20, 1973; 1974, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 892, eff. Dec. 26, 1974; 1975, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 895, eff. Jan. 1, 1976; 1976, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 899, eff. Jan. 1, 1977; 1977, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 904, § 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1978; 1977, No. 245 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. Apr. 17, 1978; 1978, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 906, eff. Oct. 21, 1978; 1979, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 913, eff. Nov. 21, 1979; 1980, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 915, eff. June 30, 1980; 1980, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 926, §§ 1-7, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 936, §§ 1, 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1983; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 942, eff. June 9, 1983; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 946, eff. Oct. 17, 1983; 1984, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 950, eff. Sept. 17, 1984; 1984, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 951, eff. Sept. 17, 1984; 1985, No. 953, eff. Jan. 1, 1985; 1985, No. 49; 1986, No. 962, eff. June 6, 1986; 1987, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 971, eff. Sept. 17, 1987; 1990, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 980, eff. Feb. 23, 1990; 1991, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 982, eff. Jan. 5, 1991; 1991, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 990, eff. Sept. 1991; 1993, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 998, eff. March 23, 1993; 1995, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Jan. 2, 1996; 1997, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; 1999, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. March 13, 1999; 2000 Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Oct. 7, 2000; 2003, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Dec. 6, 2002; 2004, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. June 4, 2004; 2005, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. July 21, 2005; 2005A, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. March 31, 2006; 2007, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Sept. 1, 2006; 2008, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; 2010 Fish and Wildlife Reg. effective Jan. 1, 2011; 2013 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. Jan. 1, 2014; 2015 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. Jan. 1, 2016; 2017 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. Jan. 1, 2018; 2018 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. Jan. 1, 2019.)