VT Offers Free Ice Fishing Clinics

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a series of introductory seminars this winter on a variety of ice fishing techniques.

The clinics are open to people of all ages and levels of experience, including those who are completely new to fishing. Participants will learn about fishing regulations and techniques, fish identification, ice safety and more.

Ice Fishing Clinic Schedule

Introduction to Walleye Fishing, Saturday, January 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Chittenden Reservoir, Chittenden, VT.  Walleye are the largest member of the perch family, and are found in Vermont in Chittenden Reservoir, Lake Carmi, the Connecticut River, Island Pond, Salem Lake and Lake Champlain. Come learn how to fish for these large and exciting fish!

 

Introduction to Ice Fishing, Saturday, February 2, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Dewey’s Pond, Quechee, VT.  Come learn how to experience all that a Vermont winter has to offer by getting started at ice fishing.  We’ll learn the basics from checking the ice for safety to selecting sites and drilling holes to setting tip-ups and jigging. This clinic is sponsored by the Hartford Parks & Rec Department and will run in conjunction with their Youth Ice Fishing Derby.

 

Ice Fishing for Panfish, Sunday, February 3, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Shelburne Pond, Shelburne, VT. Panfish are the smaller fish species that fit in a pan, including pumpkinseed and bluegill sunfish, perch, rock bass and crappie.  They’re easy to catch and tasty to eat!

 

Introduction to Ice Fishing, Tuesday, February 5, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Lake Bomoseen, Castleton VT. Come learn how to experience all that a Vermont winter has to offer by getting started at ice fishing.  We’ll learn the basics from checking the ice for safety to selecting sites and drilling holes to setting tip-ups and jigging.

 

Introduction to Smelting, Thursday, February 21, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Waterbury Reservoir, Waterbury, VT.  Smelt are a small, slender schooling fish found in Vermont’s deeper and colder lakes. Ice fishing is the only way to consistently catch rainbow smelt in Vermont. During the winter, smelt often concentrate in large schools, which can be spotted by the cluster of ice fishing shanties on the lake!

 

Equipment will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather, as the programs will take place outside. All seminars are free, and participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks or meal. Programs last 2.5 to 3 hours.

 

Space is limited to the first 30 signups and seminars fill up quickly, so sign up as early as possible. Registration is required for all programs and can be completed by calling 802-265-2279 or letsgofishing@vermont.gov. Directions to the meeting spot will be given upon registering.