Cold weather brings early ice fishing opportunities

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Vermont Fish & Wildlife says recent cold weather has created good ice fishing conditions on many lakes but that safety precautions are still very important. Photo provided.

REGION – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says recent cold weather has made ice fishing a viable Vermont outdoor activity several weeks earlier than in recent years. At least six inches of solid ice is recommended for safe ice fishing, and that much ice hasn’t been present for some time on most lakes until late January. But ice-fishing enthusiasts are now finding ample ice on many smaller lakes and the bays of larger lakes. Ice safety precautions, however, are still very important according to Fish & Wildlife.

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Check the ice fishing section of their website for more information. Photo provided.

Vermont’s ice fishing season for trout, salmon, and bass starts Jan. 20, 2018 and continues through March 15 on 41 large Vermont lakes. For a list of those lakes, go to page 36 of the “2018 Vermont Fishing Guide and Regulations” available where licenses are sold and digitally on Fish & Wildlife’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

To locate places to stay and help on the latest fishing activity, go to the Vermont Outdoor Guides Association website at www.voga.org and click on “ice fishing.”

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