REGION – Vermont’s “Trophy Trout” stocking program for 2018 includes eight river sections and 15 lakes and ponds receiving the two-year old trout, some over 18 inches long.
“The trophy rainbow and brown trout stocked in the Black, Winooski, Lamoille, East Creek, Missisquoi, Walloomsac, and Passumpsic Rivers as well as Otter Creek provide exciting fishing for many anglers of all ages and skill levels,” said Vermont’s Director of Fisheries Eric Palmer. “Large two-year old rainbows will also be stocked in 15 additional lakes and ponds to provide excellent fishing opportunities.”
Trout fishing opened April 14 and will continue through Oct. 31 this year. There is no length limit. The daily creel limit is two trout.
Stocking of the river sections will occur throughout May. Anglers can check www.vtfishandwildlife.com to see the stocking that has occurred. Click on “Fishing” and then “Stocking Schedule.”
- Black River – along Route 131 in Weathersfield and Cavendish, from Downers covered bridge upstream, approximately four miles, to the next bridge across the river, the Howard Hill Bridge.
- East Creek – in Rutland City, from the confluence with Otter Creek upstream, approximately 2.7 miles, to the top of the Patch Dam in Rutland City.
A portion of the annual stocking of trout in these waters will also be trophy trout: Black Pond in Hubbardton, Kent Pond in Killington, Knapp Pond 1 in Reading and Cavendish, Lake Rescue in Ludlow, Mill Pond in Windsor, and Stoughton Pond in Weathersfield.
Standard fishing regulations apply to these lakes and ponds. For details, see the “Vermont 2018 Fishing Guide & Regulations” available where licenses are sold.
Vermont fishing licenses are available statewide from agents and on Fish and Wildlife’s website www.vtfishandwildlife.com.