Saturday, June 11 is Vermont's Free Fishing Day
WATERBURY, VT - Youngsters grow up fast. What memories will you be able to share with them? Chances are they won't remember their best day of watching television, but take them fishing and you'll make memories you can share for a lifetime. Saturday, June 11 is Free Fishing Day in Vermont this year, and it is an excellent opportunity to give fishing a try.

Children who are fourteen or younger can fish free all year long, but Free Fishing Day is the one day in the year when all residents and nonresidents may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license. Special events to help young and old learn the basics about fishing will be held June 11th in Grand Isle, Poultney and St Albans.



The "Grand Isle Fishing Festival" will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle. Designed especially for youngsters, this event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a pond next to the hatchery.

A "Let's Go Fishing" clinic is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Lake St. Catherine State Park in Poultney. ContactJoel.Flewelling@state.vt.us for additional information.

A "Let's Go Fishing" clinic will be held 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Kill Kare State Park in St. Albans. Contact mike.morse@remichel.com for details.

But you don't have to wait until then. There's plenty of fine fishing to be found throughout the state in the next few weeks. You can find a family-friendly place to take kids fishing on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Click on "Fishing" and then "Family Fishing Hotspots."

"Vermont offers many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors while fishing with family and friends," said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry. "We've asked our experts, our fishery biologists, to compile this list of family-friendly fishing opportunities. We've chosen locations where people can go fishing and have an excellent chance of catching some fish using simple techniques." All the destinations provide opportunities to fish from shore, and at some you can rent a boat or launch your own. Just click on any of the locations listed on the map to learn more about what fishing opportunities await you and your family.

Additional "Kids Fishing Events" being held around the state this spring are listed on Fish and Wildlife's website.

To find out more about Vermont's great fishing opportunities and to plan your fishing trip, contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501 (Tel. 802-241-3700) and ask for a copy of their "Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws and Guide." You can also email them at fwinformation@state.vt.us or discover more from their website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).