MONTPELIER, Vt. - The delayed spring-time weather and persistent ice may change plans for some Vermont anglers.
A press release says most waters in Vermont used for trout fishing is restricted to casting and trolling rather than ice fishing. Anglers are not permitted to cut a hole through the ice to go ice fishing for trout during open water trout season.
Trout fishing on Lake Champlain is open year round and doesn't matter whether whether the angler is ice fishing or fishing open water.
“Late springs such as this one traditionally delay the onset of open-water fishing by a few weeks,” said Col. David LeCours, Fish & Wildlife’s head of law enforcement. “But during these years, the ice fishing on lakes such as Champlain and Memphremagog remains good as long as the ice remains stable and safe.”
Anglers are advised to continuously check ice thickness and stability when walking out on the ice.
Trout season in Vermont starts on April 12.
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