Trout Fishing in Vermont: What You Need to Know

Request Our Vacation GuideWhat would it be like to explore the peaceful streams, hidden ponds, sparkling lakes, and lush green forests of Vermont? One word: unforgettable. There’s endless natural beauty at your fingertips in the Green Mountain State. During your next trip to Southeast Vermont, why not experience nature first-hand? Trout fishing in Vermont is an excellent way to see the state’s wildlife and catch freshwater fish! After you’ve had a taste for the outdoor activities in Southern Vermont, download our free Vacation Guide for more local recommendations.


Your Ultimate Guide to Trout Fishing in Vermont

An Introduction to Trout Fishing

Trout fishing is one of the best outdoor adventures in Vermont. Trout fishing is the fourth most popular fishing in North America. They are most often found in cold water, especially in remote rivers and lakes. There are many different lures for anglers to use when fishing trout, depending on preference. Once you have your gear, it’s time to fish!

Open, or peak, season for trout is from about mid-April until the end of October. However, there are still plenty of rivers open in Vermont for year-round trout fishing.  

Become a Trout Fishing Expert

A visit to the Fly Fishing Museum in Manchester, VT should be a prerequisite for all Southern Vermont anglers. Fly fishing is the method of fishing with a rod and artificial fly as bait. This is a popular tactic for trout fishing. The Fly Fishing Museum portrays the sport’s history through fascinating exhibits and collections, including art and fishing supplies. In addition, the museum hosts events for the fishing community, including educational programs and fly-tying contests. After you’ve learned all about fly fishing, you’ll be ready to try your hand at the sport!

The Best Places for Trout Fishing in Vermont

Battenkill River

Fishing on the Battenkill River is one of our favorite things to do in Southern Vermont. The Battenkill flows through the heart of historic downtown Arlington and provides a peaceful setting for trout fishing. The river has a strict catch-and-release policy, so be sure to be mindful of that. The trout fishing guide to the Battenkill details fishing regulations and tips for catching trout.

Woodford State Park

Woodford State Park on Adams Reservoir is another popular trout fishing destination. The most common fish found here are the brook trout. Trophy brook trout measuring more than 16’’ are found in the Adams Reservoir every spring. Experts recommend fishing around the shoreline first, then moving to deep waters via canoe or kayak if you’re unsuccessful.

The Best Fishing Experience in Southern Vermont

fly fishing package arlington innTrout fishing in Vermont is one of the greatest ways to see the Green Mountain State. Whether it’s your first attempt at fishing or you’re a seasoned pro, The Arlington Inn’s Fly Fishing Package is your key to fishing in Vermont. The package includes fishing gear, a day of guide service, a bag lunch to take on the river, and tickets to the Fly Fishing Museum. You’ll also receive one night of accommodation at The Arlington Inn.

The Arlington Inn provides an array of comfortable accommodations at our Southern Vermont inn. Enjoy cooked to order country breakfast every morning of your visit in our bright solarium. Your Vermont adventure awaits!

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