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Fishing in Central Vermont

Fishing in the Lakes Region

Vermont is home to over 700 lakes & 5,000 miles of rivers & streams. And right here in the Central Vermont area, there are many lakes & rivers that have great fishing! Below, find information on local fishing spots, fishing guides & services & where to find equipment & boat rentals.


Local Fishing Areas:

Kent Pond (Killington) - Perch, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout

Colton Pond (Killington) - Brook Trout

Chittenden Reservoir (Chittenden) - Brown Trout, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Bullhead, Panfish

Echo Lake (Plymouth) - Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Smelt, Perch, Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Panfish, Catfish

Amherst Lake (Plymouth) -Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Perch, Pickerel, Panfish, Smallmouth, Largemouth bass


Rivers & Streams

Streams in Poultney, Castleton, & Mill River - Brown Trout, Brook Trout 

The White River & Ottauquechee River - Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass


For the kids!

Want an up-close experience? Visit a fish hatchery! Fish hatcheries are were fish eggs are fertilized & hatched in an enclosed environment. These fish are then used to increase the populations in lakes, rivers  & streams. Whereas as low as 2% of eggs survive in the wild, up to 80% of eggs survive in hatcheries. Take a tour & learn more about how these fish are raised!

 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fish Hatchery

  • Pittsford, VT
  • (802) 483-6618
  • For details, please call or click here.

White River National Fish Hatchery

  • White River, VT
  • (802) 234-5400
  • For details, please call or click here.

Other Places to Visit (more than 45 minutes travel time)

Bomoseen Lake (Castleton) - Bass, Trout, Panish

Lake St. Catherine (Poultney) - Bass, Trout, Crappie, Catfish, Panfish

Lake Dunmore (Salisbury) - Bass, Trout, Salmon, Panfish

Lake Champlain (Vermont/New York) - Bass, Trout, Salmon, Walleye, Crappie, Catfish, Panfish

Fishing Licenses/Fishing Resources

Vermont Fish and Wildlife

  • (802) 241-3700
  • Licensing Agents:

Vermont Outdoor Guide Association:

  • (802) 425-6211

Please note! A Vermont Fishing License is required for all persons age 15 & older. If boating, canoeing or kayaking, life vests are required for your safety - please use them! Each person must have the appropriate size vest on board all boats at all times.


Lodging/ Fishing Guides & Equipment

Mountain Meadows Lodge

  • Provides fly fishing lessons & equipment.
  • (802) 775-1010

Inn at the Six Mountains

  • Partnered with Blue Ridge Outfitters & Trout Bum to provide guide services
  • (802) 422-4302

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

  • Recommends Otter Creek Anglers for their guests; will come to Inn property or take guests off-site.
  • (802) 483-2311

Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort

  • Provides watercraft & fishing equipment for guests, residents & the public at the Hawk Marina Recreation Center. Also offers fly fishing lessons & lodging packages.
  • (802) 672-3811
  • Recreation Center:
  • Fly fishing:

For more information, check out our Canoe, Kayak & Boat page.