Free Fishing Clinics With The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department


Want to learn more about fishing?  The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department might have a solution for you. 

The department is offering a series of free fishing clinics through the spring and summer this year. 

According to a media release, the clinics will include four specialized courses that are focused on certain fishing tactics and different species of fish. 

“We’re excited to offer these targeted fishing clinics to the angling public this year,” said Corey Hart, ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ coordinator with Vermont Fish & Wildlife.

“The clinics are structured very similar to our basics of fishing courses, but will dig deeper into specific techniques, equipment and strategies used to pursue certain species of fish,” added Hart.

The clinics will be taught be certified ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ instructors and staff from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.  The four free clinics are listed below. 

  • Introduction to Targeting Trout and Salmon with Lead-Core Line: Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Camp Kehoe in Castleton. This lecture-based course will explore basic lead-core line fishing techniques including how, where and when it is used, and how to implement it from various boating platforms.


  • Introduction to Bass Fishing: Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Halfmoon State Park in Hubbardton. This course will focus on targeting bass with artificial lures and determining what lures to use at different times and in varying situations. 


  • Introduction to Trout Fishing with Spinning Equipment: Clinic will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Waterbury Public Library and on the Winooski River, both in Waterbury. The course will cover targeting trout with spinning equipment, and will also include reviews of ecology, knot tying, casting, lure making and more.  At the conclusion of the clinic, participants will go fishing on the nearby Winooski River to practice their skills.


  • Introduction to Fly Fishing: Clinic will be held on Saturday, July 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ed Weed Fish Hatchery in Grand Isle. The clinic is designed as a crash course on fly fishing and will cover the basics of casting, knot tying, ecology and much more.  All equipment will be provided.


Officials say you can preregister by calling 802-265-2279 or by email by clicking here. 

For more information about fishing in the state, visit the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website.

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