Spring is finally springing, and along with the melting snows and blooming flowers comes the famous Vermont fishing season. Fishing in Vermont is one of the most popular events for locals and tourists alike, and with good reason - it's both exciting and relaxing, and it lets you experience all of Vermont's beautiful natural scenery firsthand. But if you have no idea where to begin, we've put together a list of the five best fishing spots in southern Vermont.
The first great spot on our list is Weatherhead Hollow pond. Located south of Brattleboro, Weatherhead will give you access to some of the best in pond fishing in all of Vermont. Fish varieties found here include rainbow and brown trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, smelt, and panfish. Be aware, though, that this is one of the most popular spots in the area, so be sure to get there early if you want to get lots of bites.
The Harriman Reservoir is another well-known Vermont fishing spot, though it also offers plenty of other recreational activity. Just south of Wilmington, Harriman has fishing, canoeing, swimming and more. This is a great family fishing spot, and is full of stocked trout and bass alongside Vermont's native species.
If you're looking for something a little less serene, try river fishing at the Battenkill river, our third great fishing spot. A smaller to medium-sized river, the Battenkill is known for plentiful brook trout and for very difficult brown trout fishing. A perfect place to test out your fly fishing skills, the Battenkill is a great place to see another side of Vermont fishing.
Another great river fishing spot in Vermont is the West River, outside of Brattleboro. Some great smallmouth bass and rainbow trout fishing can be found just downstream from the Townsend dam. Both fly fishers and bait fishers can find good spots here and get plenty of hits - and its not far from the Townsend dam recreational center, giving the kids something to do, too.
Finally, our last great Vermont fishing spot is an oldie but a goodie - Lake St. Catherine in central Vermont. Though it's a little further away than our other offerings, Lake St. Catherine has a huge variety of fishing, including largemouth and smallmouth bass and even northern pike in the latter parts of the year. St. Catherine is also a state park where you can swim and camp for a small entrance fee, giving you a great option for a day trip or a weekend out.
One thing to remember for all those planning to fish - get your license! Fishing licenses are available from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife department for a small fee, and stay active for the entire season. Also, children under 15 don't need a license, just the supervision of a parent or guardian.
Now that you know where to go, we're sure that you'll have a great time with Vermont's fishing. So sure, in fact, that we think you'll want to stay all summer - perhaps in one of our beautiful long-term summer rentals, right in the middle of all these wonderful fishing spots.