Vermont’s summer free fishing day

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Vermont’s summer free fishing day is June 9. Photo by Sandy Macy.

REGION – Vermont’s annual, statewide summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9. “Vermont’s Free Fishing Day gives resident and nonresident anglers the opportunity to go fishing without a license for the day in Vermont lakes and streams,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Fishing is an activity that can be shared with friends and family or easily taught to newcomers while enjoying quality time together.”

Vermont’s regular bass season also opens June 9, marking the start of some of the hottest bass fishing action in the northeast. The season opens each year on the second Saturday in June and extends through the last day of November.

Fish and Wildlife also has teamed up with Vermont State Parks to offer the “Reel Fun Fishing” program to be scheduled by park interpreters on Free Fishing Day and during the summer at some state parks. The program provides loaner tackle kits and fishing clinics free of charge to anyone interested in fishing at a Vermont State Park. Fishing licenses are required for anyone 15 or older except on Free Fishing Day. Information on Reel Fun Fishing can be found at

To learn more about fishing in Vermont or to purchase a fishing license, visit

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