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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, 2018; see also section 122 effective January 1, 2018 set out below.]

     

    § 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 Angling, legal methods of taking fish

     3.1 Definitions

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

    may be baited with natural or artificial bait or both.

    3.1.2 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.

    3.1.3 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.

    3.1.4 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.

    3.2 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 fishing by angling 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.

     

     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 so fishing shall have at all times immediate control over the lines while in operation.

    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.

     

     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 Fish and

    Wildlife Department.

    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) angling 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 angling/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 angling/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 Fish and Wildlife Department.

    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 angling/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 angling/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; violation of any part of 10 V.S.A. Appendix; violation of the provisions of 10 V.S.A. Part 4; 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 Fish and Wildlife Department. 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 October 1 and October 31, on the Clyde River (Newport City, Orleans County) from the downstream edge of the arch bridge at Gardner Park entrance upstream to the top of the abandoned mill dam located immediately upstream of the Newport 1, 2, 3 hydroelectric powerhouse, fishing may be done 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 NOVEMBER 1 TO THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE SECOND WEEK IN APRIL

     

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

                                                                            Restrictions       Limit

     

    Listed               Artificial fly       November 1 to   Catch and       Zero-All trout

    below:              or lure only       the Friday             release only    must be

                                                    before the 2nd                             immediately

                                                    Saturday in                                  released to

                                                    April:                                          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.

     

    Missisquoi River From the top of the Sheldon Springs Dam in Sheldon

    Springs to the top of the Enosburg Falls Dam in Enosburg Falls.

     

    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 guidelines of the Board. Fish species are restricted to species not protected by title 10 V.S.A. § 4611.

    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             Angling             Second              No restriction     6 trout

    waters.                                      Saturday in

    (except as                                  April through

    listed below)                              October 31

    Lake Champlain Angling and        No closed          Minimum length             3 trout

                            ice fishing          season               of 12 inches

    Rivers and         Angling             Second              No restriction     12 trout, of

    Streams                                     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:  Angling              Second             No restriction  2 trout in

                                                    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 Route 2 bridge 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       Angling         Second         Minimum length  2 trout

    Below:                             Saturday in   of 10 inches

                                           April through

                                           October 31

     Lakes and Ponds

          Caspian Lake, Greensboro

          Echo Lake,

    Charleston

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

                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          Angling            Second                  See                  Two fish in

    below:                                    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 and the connecting waters),

    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.


    10.5.6 STREAMS OPEN TO YEAR ROUND TROUT FISHING

     

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

                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    The following       Artificial fly           No closed              Catch and              Zero - All trout must

    portions of            or lure only,           season for             release only           be immediately

    the specified         except during        catch and                                               returned to

    rivers shall             the open                release only                                           the  waters

    be open to             season for                                                                             where taken,

    fishing for              trout.                                                                                      except during

    trout  year                                                                                                              the open

    round:                                                                                                                    season, limits

    (Listed                                                                                                                    apply in

    below)                                                                                                                    accordance

                                                                                                                    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 Perterson

    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 Sheldon Springs Dam in Sheldon Springs.

     

    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 - Fom 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.

     

     


     

    10.5.7 LAKE TROUT AND SALMON

     

     

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

                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    General                   Angling                 Second                   Salmon -                 2 Lake Trout

    Waters (all                                             Saturday in            Minimum               or 2 Salmon

    waters except                                        April through        length                     or 1 of each

    listed below)                                         October 31             15 inches              

                                                                                                    Lake Trout -

                                                                                    Minimum length

                                                                                    - 18 inches

     

    Lake Champlain    Angling ice           No Closed             Lake Trout and     3 Lake Trout

                   fishing                    Season                   Salmon -                 and 2 Salmon

                                                                                    Minimum length

                                                                                    of 15 Inches

     

    Little Averill        Angling with           Angling second  Lake Trout -          1 Lake Trout

    Lake and                not more than       Saturday in            Minimum length  and 1Salmon

    Seymour Lake       1 line                       April through        of 20 inches           or 2 Salmon

                                                    October 31

     

                   Ice fishing             Ice fishing:            Salmon -                

                   with not more        third Saturday       Minimum length

                    than 4 lines            in January              of 15 inches

                                                    through March

                                                    15

     

    Listed                     Angling                 Second                   Lake Trout -    2 Lake Trout

    Below:                                                    Saturday in            Minimum        or 2 Salmon or

                                                    April through        length of 18    1 of each

                                                    October 31             Inches

     

                                                                                   Salmon -

                                                                                    Minimum length

                                                                                    of 17 Inches

     

     

    Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and the connecting waters), Coventry, Derby, Newport City and Newport, excluding all waters of the Clyde River Watershed upstream of the hydroelectric dam that creates West Charleston Pond (Lubber Lake) in West Charleston and excluding Willoughby Lake and all waters that flow into it.

     

    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                 Angling, with        Second                   Minimum length  2 trout

    River -                    artificial                  Saturday in            of 16 inches.

    From the                lures and                April through

    downstream          flies only.               October 31.

    edge of the

    railroad

    bridge  in

    Johnson

    upstream

    (approximately

    3.7 miles)

    to the

    downstream

    edge of the

    Ten Bends

    Drive bridge

    in Hyde Park.

     

    White                     Angling, with        Second                   Minimum length  1 trout

    River  -                   artificial                  Saturday in            of 18 inches

    From the                lures and                April through

    confluence            flies only.               October 31.

    with

    Lilliesville

    Brook in

    Stockbridge

    downstream

    3.3 miles to

    220 ft. down-

    stream of

    the confluence

    with Cleveland

    Brook in Bethel.

     

    Mettawee              Angling                 Second                   10 to 14                                  2 trout, only

    River -                                                    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 Dorsert

    Hollow Road

    and including

    tributary:

    Flower Brook

    upstream

    (approximately

     1000 ft) to

    the downstream

    edge of the

    Route 30

    bridge in

    Pawlet.

    Winooski               Angling                 June 1 through     10 to 16                                  2 trout, only

    River                                                       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                     Angling                 Second                   10 to 16                                  2 trout, only

    Below:                                                    Saturday in            inches                                    1 greater than

                                                    April through        protected                               16 inches

                                                    October 31             slot: (all

                                                                                    fish 10 to 16

                                                                                    inches must be

                                                                                    releases)

     

    Dog River - From the first bridge on Route 12 above the confluence

    with the Winooski River upstream (approximately 4.3 miles) to the railroad

    bridge in West Berlin.

     

    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                    Angling                 Second              All trout must                            Zero, all

    Kill -                                        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.

     

    Listed                     Angling                 Second                   No size                                   12 trout of

    below:                                                    Saturday in            restriction.                             which not April through                                                     more

                                                    September 30                                                        than 6 can be

                                                                                                                                   brown and/or

                                                                                                                                    rainbow trout

                                                                                                                                    In aggregate.

                   Angling                 October 1,              All trout must                       Zero, all

                                                    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                          Angling                 No Closed             No restriction        2 Shad

    River,                                                                      Season

    including

    Vermont river

    tributaries


     

     

    10.5.11 CARP, BOWFIN, SUCKERS, MULLET (REDHORSE), GAR

     

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

                                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    General                                   Angling, ice          No Closed             No restriction        No limit

    Waters                                   fishing and            Season

    (Except                                   bow with line

    seasonally                             attached to an

    closed waters                        arrow

    and as listed

    below)

     

    Lake                                        Angling, ice          No closed              No restriction        No limit

    Champlain,                            fishing and            season

    not to                                     bow with line

    include                                   attached to

    tributaries                              arrow

     

    Lake                                        Spearing                March 25               No restriction        No limit

    Champlain,                                                            through May

    not to                                                                     25, Title 10

    include                                                                   VSA (4606e)

    tributaries

     

     

    10.5.12 NORTHERN PIKE

     

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

                                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    General                                   Angling, ice          No closed              Minimum length  5 Fish

    Waters                                   fishing                    Season                   of 20 inches

    (except as

    listed below)

     

    Lake Champlain                    Angling, ice          No closed              Minimum length  5 Fish

                                    fishing                    season                   of 20 inches

     

                                    Shooting and        March 25               Minimum length  5 Fish

                                    spearing                 through May        of 20 inches

                                                                    25, 10 VSA

                                                                    (4606)

     


    10.5.14 CHAIN AND REDFIN PICKEREL

     

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

                                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    General                                   Angling, ice          No closed              No restriction        No Limit

    Waters                                   fishing                    Season

    (except as

    listed below)

    Lake Champlain                    Angling ice           No Closed             No restriction        10 fish

                                    fishing,                   Season

     

                                    Shooting and        March 25               No restriction        10 Fish

                                    spearing                 through May 25

     

     

    10.5.15 MUSKELLUNGE

     

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

                                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    General                                   Angling, ice          No closed               All                          Zero - All

    Waters                                   fishing; Catch       season                   muskellunge          muskellunge

    (except as                              and release                                            must be                   must be

    listed below)                         with                                                         released                 immediately

                                                    artificial                                                                                  released

                                    lures and

                                    flies only

    Lake Champlain                    Angling, ice          No closed              All                           Zero - All

                                    fishing; Catch       season                   muskellunge          muskellunge

                                    and release           must be                    must be

                                    with                      released                     immediately

                                    artificial                                                  released

                                    lures and

                                    flies only

     

                                    Shooting and        March 25                                               Zero Fish

                                    spearing                 through May

                                                                    25, 10 VSA

                                                                    4606(e)

     

    Missisquoi                            Any fish taken      No open season  Any fish taken      Zero - All

    River from                              must be                                  must be                  muskellunge

    Swanton Dam                       immediately                           immediately           taken must be

    in the Village                         released                                                 released                 immediately

    of Swanton                                                                                                                            released

    upstream to

    the Highgate

    Falls Dam


     

    10.5.16 SMELT

     

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

                                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    All waters                              Angling, ice          No closed              No restriction        No Limit

                                    fishing                    season

     

     

    10.5.17 BLACK AND WHITE CRAPPIE

     

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

                                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    All Waters                             Angling, ice          No closed              Minimum length  25 fish,

                                    fishing                    Season                   of 8 Inches            Combined

     

     

    10.5.18 YELLOW PERCH

     

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

                                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    General                                   Angling and          No closed              No restriction        50 fish

    Waters                                   ice fishing              Season

    (except as

    listed

    below)

    Lake Champlain                    Angling and          No closed              No restriction        No Limit

                                    ice fishing              Season

     

    Businesses may buy lawfully taken fish, with the approval of the Commissioner, pursuant to guidelines of the Board. Fish species are restricted to species not protected by 10 V.S.A. § 4611.


    10.5.19 LARGEMOUTH AND SMALLMOUTH BASS

     

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

                                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    General                                   Angling                 No closed              No restriction        5 fish

    Waters                                                                   season

    (except as

    listed below)

     

    Lakes, Ponds                        Angling (Ice         Second                   Minimum length  5 Fish

    and reservoirs                       fishing - see          Saturday in            of 10 inches

                                    special                    June through

                                    provisions)            Nov. 30th

     

    Lakes, Ponds                        Angling: Catch    Second                    All bass must        Zero - All

    and reservoirs                       and release with   Saturday in            be released            bass must be

    (seasonally                            artificial lures        April through                                        immediately

    closed)                                   and flies                 the Friday                                              released

                                    only                        before the

                                                                    Second

                                                                    Saturday in

                                                                    June, both

                                                                    dates

                                                                    inclusive.

    Lake, Ponds

    and reservoirs

    (not seasonally

    closed)                                   Angling: Catch     Dec. 1                     All bass must        Zero – All

                                                    and release            through                  be released            bass must be

                                                    with artificial         the Friday                                              immediately                                           lures and flies                before the                                              released

                                                    only                        Second

                                                                                    Saturday in

                                                                                    June, both dates

                                                                                    Inclusive

                   

    Seasonally,                            Angling                 Only when such  No restrictions      5 Fish

    Closed Waters                                                      rivers and

    - streams                                                                streams are

                                                                    open to trout

                                                                    fishing

                                                                                    except as

                                                                                    prohibited by

                                                                                    Section 9.2

     

    Lake Morey,                          Angling (Ice          Second                   Largemouth           5 Fish

    Fairlee                                    fishing -  see         Saturday in            bass - Minimum

                                    special                    June through        length of 14

                                    provisions)            Nov. 30                  inches

     

     

     

     

     

    Lake Morey,                          Angling: Catch     Dec. 1                     All bass must        Zero – All

    Fairlee                                    and release            through                  be released            bass must be

                                                    with artificial         the Friday                                              immediately                                           lures and flies                before the                                              released

                                                    only                        Second

                                                                                    Saturday in

                                                                                    June, both dates

                                                                                    Inclusive

     

    Kent Pond,                            Angling                 Second                   Largemouth           10 fish, only

    Killington                                                              Saturday in            Bass:                      1 fish greater

    and Baker                                                              June through        protected               than 12

    Pond,                                                                      Nov. 30                   slot: 10-12             inches

    Brookfield                                                                                              inches (all

                                                                                                    fish between

                                                                                                    10 & 12 inches

                                                                                                    must be

                                                                                                    released)

     

     

    Kent Pond,                            Angling                 Dec. 1                    All bass must        Zero – All

    Killington                              and release            through                  be released            bass must be and Baker                                      with artificial                the Friday                                              immediately

    Pond,                                      lures and flies      before the                                              released

    Brookfield                          only                            Second

                                                                                    Saturday in

                                                                                    June, both dates

                                                                                    Inclusive

     

    10.5.20 WALLEYE

     

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

                                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    General                                   Angling, ice          First Saturday       Minimum length  3 Fish

    Waters                                   fishing                    in May through    of 18 inches

    and Lake                                                                March 15

    Champlain

    (except as

    listed

    below)

     

    Lake Carmi,                            Angling, ice          First Saturday       Minimum length  5 fish,

    Franklin                                  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                            Angling, ice          June 1 through     Minimum length  2 fish

    Reservoir,                              fishing                    March 15               of 22 inches

    Chittenden

    10.5.21 SAUGER

     

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

                                                                                                    Restrictions           Limit

     

    General                                   Angling, ice          No open                 Any fish taken      Zero - All

    Waters                                   fishing                    season                  must be                  Sauger taken

    and 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 from second Saturday in April through May 10:

    Orleans County

    Clyde River - From the downstream edge of the bridge on Lower Clyde

                Street 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. January 1, 2009; 2010 Fish and Wildlife Reg. effective January 1, 2011; 2013 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. January 1, 2014; 2015 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. January 1, 2016.)

  • [Section 122 effective January 1, 2018; see also section 122 effective until January 1, 2018 set out above.]

     

    § 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 10 V.S.A. Part 4; 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 and the connecting waters),

                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

    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. January 1, 2009; 2010 Fish and Wildlife Reg. effective January 1, 2011; 2013 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. January 1, 2014; 2015 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. January 1, 2016; 2017 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. January 1, 2018.)