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Guide to fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in local lakes and streams.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Trout fishing in Vermont

Vermont's Trout fishing scene is a haven for anglers seeking to reel in various trout species. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about trout fishing and identify trout fishing waters in the state. The state offers opportunities to catch brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and lake trout, making it a diverse trout fishing destination.

Brook trout, also known as native trout, are found abundantly in Vermont's clear, cold mountain streams and rivers. They are highly sought after by anglers due to their vibrant colors and feisty nature. Rainbow trout, characterized by their pink stripe along the sides, are commonly found in both lakes and rivers, providing a thrilling fishing experience for enthusiasts.

Brown trout, originally introduced from Europe, have adapted well to Vermont's waters. They can be found in both lakes and rivers and are known for their elusive nature, challenging anglers with their cautious behavior. Lake trout, on the other hand, are primarily found in the deeper, colder waters of the state's larger lakes, providing a unique fishing experience for those seeking bigger catches.

Vermont offers a plethora of lakes and rivers ideal for trout fishing. Lake Champlain, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the United States, boasts an abundance of trout, making it a popular fishing destination. Lake Bomoseen and Lake Willoughby are also known for their thriving trout populations, attracting anglers from far and wide.

When it comes to rivers, Vermont has an impressive selection to choose from. The Batten Kill, known for its trout fishing legacy, is famous among fly-fishing enthusiasts. The Winooski River, Dog River, and many others also offer excellent trout fishing opportunities.

Over the years, Vermont has seen remarkable trout catches that have set state records. Anglers have achieved impressive milestones, such as landing brook trout weighing over 9 pounds, rainbow trout exceeding 14 pounds, brown trout surpassing 20 pounds, and lake trout weighing more than 30 pounds. These records reflect the incredible fishing potential and the allure of trout fishing in Vermont's scenic waters. Whether you are a seasoned angler seeking a trophy catch or a novice looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, Vermont's Trout fishing will undoubtedly leave you with cherished memories and a sense of fulfillment.

Trout Fishing Waters

Vermont is trout country. Lots of trout water and quality fish. Most rivers and streams contain trout, as do many small lakes, ponds and parks. The major VT lakes with trout include Harriman Reservoir, Island Pond, Lake Bomoseen, Lake Champlain, Lake Dunmore, Lake Memphremagog, Lake St Catherine, Lake Willoughby, Maidstone Lake, Seymour Lake and Somerset Reservoir. Many of these lakes offer ice fishing for trout in winter.

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Trout Species In The State

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 13 lbs 12 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 12 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 22 lbs 2.5 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 35 lbs 3.2 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

Vermont State Record Trout

The state record rainbow trout was caught from Lake Dunmore.

The state record brook trout was taken out of Paran Creek.

The state record brown trout came from Sherman Reservoir.

The state record lake trout was caught in Willoughby Lake.

Visit the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website for details on trout stocking in Vermont.

Vermont rainbow trout caught by Chase Stokes

17-inch rainbow trout caught out of the Winooski River by Chase Stokes.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Additional trout information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Trout Conservation
Trout Unlimited


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