Vermont Releases 2020 Angler Survey Findings

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has released the results of its 2020 angler’s survey.

The survey asked a random group of both resident and non-resident anglers questions relating to their experiences and opinions about fishing in Vermont. These surveys provide valuable insight used by fisheries managers to inform decisions and track trends throughout the last three decades.

Here are some highlights of the survey:

  • The rate of fishing participation in 2019 was 84.7% among resident license buyers and 96.5% among non-resident license buyers.
  • Nearly 72,000 resident anglers are estimated to have fished for almost 1.8 million days in 2019.Almost 37,000 nonresident anglers fished for approximately 369,000 days.
  • 66.3% of resident and 38.5% of non-resident anglers fished for brook, brown, or rainbow trout in streams or rivers.
  • 71.9% of resident anglers and 52.1% of non-resident anglers fished for warmwater fish species.
  • 47.9% of resident anglers and 33.8% of non-resident anglers fished for trout or salmon in ponds or lakes in Vermont.
  • Brook trout, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass were the three most preferred species when fishing in open water.
  • Yellow perch, northern pike, and lake trout were the three most preferred species when fishing through the ice.
  • Anglers spent more time fishing for brook, brown, and rainbow trout than for any other species group.
  • A majority of anglers rated the quality of fishing in Vermont as good or excellent and ratings of overall fishing quality were better, compared to ratings in 2009.
  • Stocking programs continue to be important to most anglers.
  • Crowding at access areas and overall access to fishing was not seen as a significant problem in Vermont.
  • 84% of anglers got their information about fishing directly from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.