Spring has arrived and the fish are biting in Vermont! It’s time to get out in the fresh air and have some good old fashioned fun with friends, family or a day by yourself to enjoy the peace and quiet surrounded by some of the most gorgeous scenery in Vermont. But do you know where the best places to go to have a successful day fishing? We’ve put together some of the best family friendly fishing spots in the state, and we think you’ll agree that these places will give you some long lasting memories of simple days and good times.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Shelburne Bay, Shelburne
For the best chances for some great catches, head to the shoreline at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s access area, but the absolute best fishing is from the bridge on Bay Road to the point. If you enjoy the Shelburne Bay in early spring or late fall, you may even encounter lake trout or rainbow trout. Late spring and early summer brings a number of panfish, bass, and northern pike.
2. Baker Pond, Brookfield
Owned by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Baker Pond has plenty of places to fish from the shore. You can also take out a small boat to try for a brook trout in early spring, or enjoy the abundant amount of largemouth bass and pumpkinseed sunfish.
3. Lake Champlain, Alburg
Alberg is located in the northwest corner in Vermont and has some of the most diverse selection of fish around with over 90 different species. One of the best areas to catch some live ones is is the Korean War Veterans Fishing Access, which provides shore-bound anglers a great opportunity to catch some beauties.
4. Lake Champlain, Burton Island
Burton Island State Park is accessible by boat or ferry and provides some of the best fishing access, especially for the younger fishers who can drop their line in from one of the docs. In addition to some excellent fishing, this park provides camping, hiking and beaches. Talk about options for the best family fishing experience ever!
5. Lower Lamoille River, Milton
This area has two platforms that are accessible to everyone and the fishing is great right off the platforms. Here you'll find yellow perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass, rock bass, brown bullhead, and northern pike. A short drive north to the Sandbar State Park is a quick option if the fish aren't biting much here.
6. Winooski River, Colchester
Here you'll find yellow perch, white perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass, brown bullhead, and northern pike. Mid-May is an excellent time to try your hand, or rather your rod, on the Lower Winooski River.
7. Sunset Lake, Brookfield
The floating bridge isn't the only thing in the water over Sunset Lake. Go ahead and drop your line right off the bridge and this time of year it's filled with trout in early spring.
8. Silver Lake, Barnard
Enjoy fishing directly from shore at Silver Lake State Park. There is so much to do here including a swimming beach, playground and camping. Boat and canoe rentals are also available.
9. Colton and Kent Ponds, Killington
There are Vermont Fish and Wildlife access areas at both of these ponds which are located less than a mile apart. Perhaps the best place for finishing is along the dam where there is a shore fishing platform. There are also many camping and hiking areas at the Gifford Woods State Park which is across the road from Kent Pond.
10. Half Moon Pond, Castleton
This is a perfect place for a camping getaway and has some of the best fishing around. Boat rentals, swimming area, and playground make this a true family fun area!
11. Lake St. Catherine, Poultney
As you can see, there is a lot of fun to be had at Lake St. Catherine. Enjoy shoreline fishing, camping, swimming, boat rentals and a playground. Here you'll find largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, crappie, bullhead, panfish, bass, pike, bluegill, and pumpkinseed sunfish.
12. Echo Lake, Plymouth
Gather a large group and organize a camping trip this summer on Echo Lake. Here you'll find shoreline fishing, camping, swimming and more. It even has a concession stand if you don't want to pack your own food! Boat rentals are available, but you can launch your own for free at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Access Area.
13. Bullhead Pond, Manchester
Places to fish from the shore are abundant at Bullhead Pond. It's loaded with trout and the best time to catch them is early spring before the water gets too warm.
14. Lowell Lake, Londonderry
You'll love the natural beauty at this underdeveloped state park. Motorized boats are not allowed on the lake, but feel free to launch your canoe and paddle away!
15. Gale Meadows Pond, Londonderry
Fish from the shore or on your own boat at the picturesque Gale Meadows Pond in Londonderry.
16. Shaftsbury Lake, Shaftsbury
A gorgeous and peaceful lake in Southern Vermont, you'll fall in love with Shaftsbury lake. Fish, swim and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This is one place that will keep you coming back year after year.