People could get the go-ahead from federal officials to fish at a hatchery in central Vermont.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery in North Chittenden is one of over 100 national wildlife refuge and fish hatcheries are expected to open or more formally invite the public to hunt and fish on those lands in the 2020-21 season, announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday.
The public is invited to comment and review the hatchery’s sport fishing proposal until April 30. A official date for the hatchery opening is tentative, although anglers can still fish on hatchery grounds in limited capacity.
“These activities have been occurring for years at the hatchery, but this proposal would formally align the fishing activities at the hatchery with Vermont regulations,” said Henry Bouchard, manager of Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery, in an email.
The proposed action would allow for recreational angling, photography, hiking, wildlife observation and picnicking during the hatchery’s open hours. Since 1909, Eisenhower Fish Hatchery has been raising and rearing salmon and trout species.
Fishing access areas in Vermont have remained open during the pandemic, with the Fish and Wildlife Department encouraging anglers to abide by the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and fish within a 10-mile radius of their home.
Trout fishing season in Vermont officially began on Saturday.
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