Vermont is considering new fishing rules and is asking for feedback from anglers and other members of the public.
The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife has been working on the changes for more than a year in an attempt to simplify the regulations and make them easier to understand for new anglers or people fishing in new areas.
“Vermont’s fishing regulations have become increasingly complex in over the years,” Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter said in a news release, “and we believe they can be simpler and still protect our fish populations while encouraging people to enjoy Vermont’s wealth of fishing opportunities.”
The proposal comes after an “unprecedented” increase in fishing license sales in 2020 tied to the coronavirus pandemic.
Among the proposed regulations:
- Thirty-six lakes and ponds, including Willoughby Lake and Lake Dunmore north of Sucker Brook, would be newly open to fishing year-round, not just during open trout season. Two lakes and ponds, meanwhile, would be more restricted.
- Streams and rivers would be open to fishing year-round, but only catch-and-release with artificial lures and flies outside of the traditional fishing season. A few waters would continue to have special restrictions or regulations.
- The ice fishing trout season would start earlier in January.
The full proposal is available online at vtfishandwildlife.com/fishing-regulation-simplification.
The public will have additional opportunities to comment on any changes when the formal rulemaking process begins in 2021. The department is projecting that the new rules would take effect in January 2022.
If you go (virtually)
What: Public meeting on proposed fishing regulations
When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14
Where: Zoom call, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87534865303 or 929-436-2866, Meeting ID: 875 3486 5303
Can’t make the meetings? Email comments to ANR.email@example.com or mail them to Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, ATTN: Fishing Regulation Comments, 1 National Life Dr., Montpelier, VT 05620-3702.
Contact April McCullum at 802-660-1863 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @April_McCullum.
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