VT Bass Fishing Season Opens June 10

Vermont’s traditional bass season will open on Saturday, June 10, which is also a Free Fishing Day in Vermont (no license required).

Vermont’s traditional bass season opens each year on the second Saturday in June and extends through the last day of November. Outside of those dates, anglers can still fish for bass on open water on a catch-and-release basis with artificial lures and flies only on waters that are not seasonally closed.

In 2014, World Fishing Network named Lake Champlain one of the seven best smallmouth bass lakes in North America. The renowned fishing media outlet went on to characterize Lake Champlain as “perhaps the best lake in all of North America for both quality largemouth and smallmouth bass.”

Additionally, this past April, USA Today listed the lake as one of “Americas best bass fishing lakes” stating Lake Champlain is “generally regarded as one of the most diverse and prolific bass fisheries in North America.”

Learn more about boating and fishing on the Inland Sea portion of Lake Champlain.

However, Pientka advises anglers not to overlook some of the smaller, lesser-known waters as well.

“There are countless smaller lakes, ponds and reservoirs throughout the state that hold numbers of quality bass, many which have seen very little or no fishing pressure at all,” said Pientka. “Many of these hidden gems can be accessed on foot or by canoe or kayak, and can offer a truly memorable day of Vermont bass fishing.”

Anglers heading out on the water to fish for bass this season should be sure to reference all fishing regulations, including harvest and size limits, applicable to the waters they are fishing. Vermont’s fishing regulations, as well as information on where bass are found in Vermont, can be found in the 2017 Vermont Fish & Wildlife law digest available at district offices and authorized license dealers, or by referencing the new Online Fishing Regulations Tool.