Free ice fishing day

Learn about ice fishing with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. Photo provided by

CASTLETON, Vt. – Always wanted to go ice fishing but couldn’t find a good excuse to get away? Now we have found that excuse for you: a Free Ice Fishing Day on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. It’s a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license.

Come to our free Ice Fishing Festival at Lake Bomoseen State Park in Castleton! Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff will be there to help everyone, young and old, learn how to enjoy this unique and popular type of fishing. The festival will be held Jan. 27, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration opens at 11 a.m. and then fun family activities will happen throughout the day. This year, Fish & Wildlife staff and Let’s Go Fishing volunteers will help new ice anglers learn the basics of winter ice fishing with stations including:

  • Ice fishing gear explained
  • Tip-up techniques
  • Using a rod and jig
  • Fish identification game
  • Knot-tying know-how and tackle craft

Plus enjoy a fish fry and cocoa (bring your own mug if you can)! Warming huts will be available to keep you comfortable. Bring your own ice fishing equipment or you can borrow ours.

Pre-register now to avoid long lines at registration and get in the “fast pass” lane for ice fishing! For more information, contact Nicole Meier by email at or call 802-318-1347.

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