MONTPELIER – With warm spring weather and time on their hands, Vermont anglers have understandably been eager to get outside and enjoy the many fishing opportunities that abound throughout the state.
Catch-and-release fishing for bass is already in full swing, and bullhead, crappie, perch, and other panfish are moving into warming shallow bays and are willing to bite.
Trout season opens statewide this Saturday.
Fishing in Vermont is still encouraged for residents within 10 miles of home as a healthy and approved activity under Governor Scott’s emergency order to “Stay Home, Stay Safe.”
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says its nearly 200 fishing access areas remain open for public use and enjoyment, but that dock installations, spring maintenance clean-up and portable toilets have been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although this is a great time to take advantage of the many shore-based and boat fishing opportunities in Vermont, the state says it’s important to take necessary precautions to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
1. Don’t leave the house if you are feeling ill.
2. Only travel and fish with those in your immediate household.
3. Maintain at least a six-foot distance at boat ramps (about the length of a fishing rod when held out at arm’s length).
4. Avoid congregating in congested areas like fishing platforms, ramps and docks, and popular shore fishing locations like bridges or culverts.
5. Don’t pull your boat on shore next to another boat while loading and unloading.
6. Avoid unnecessary stops on the way to and from fishing or boating.
Governor Scott’s current “Stay Home, Stay Safe Order” directs out-of-state visitors to not come to Vermont unless they are performing essential services and if they do come to Vermont to self-quarantine for 14 days before engaging in any activity including outdoor recreation.