Vermont Ice-Fishing Clinics Scheduled

Tom Jones with Patrick Perras – Ice Fishing – Youth

Learning how to participate in an outdoor activity can be challenging, and ice fishing is a good example.  Knowing this, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has scheduled a series of ice fishing clinics for first-timers and those who would like to learn more about hard water fishing.

“Our ice fishing clinics will be held from mid-January to mid-February with the possibility that some dates may change according to ice and weather conditions,” said Fish & Wildlife Education Specialist Corey Hart.  “Everyone is welcome no matter their experience level.  We want this to be fun and helpful for all.”

The Basic Ice fishing courses will teach beginners all the skills they need to know to be successful and safe while ice fishing. The Introductory courses will review the basics while focusing on teaching anglers the skills they need to target a specific species.

 Each clinic will last 2 ½ to 3 hours, and exact location details will be given when people register for the event.  Topics to be covered include ice safety, hole drilling, equipment and techniques, regulations and different techniques for different fish.

All participants will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned near the end of each event.  Everyone is urged to wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions.

Pre-registration is required by contacting Corey Hart at or 802-265-2279.


Vermont Fish &Wildlife’s Ice Fishing Clinics for 2018


Tuesday, January 16 — 10:00 a.m.  Introduction to Walleye Fishing at Lake Carmi


Thursday, February 1 — 10:00 a.m.  Basic Ice Fishing Clinic at Shelburne pond


Saturday February 3 — 10:00 a.m.  Introduction to Walleye Fishing at Chittenden Reservoir


Thursday, February 8 — 2:00 p.m.  Basic Ice Fishing Clinic at Lake Bomoseen


Thursday, February 15 — 4:00 p.m.  Introduction to Smelting at Waterbury Reservoir