Get ready for trout season: Local creel limits posted

Vermont offers some of the best trout fishing in the northeast with wild brookies, rainbows and browns found in many streams that have good habitat. In addition, the states Trophy Trout Program, started in 1994, has become increasingly popular by providing two-year old rainbows and browns stocked in selected stream sections. Anglers will be pleased to know that trophy trout, up to 18 inches long, will now be put into three additional streams as well as 33 lakes and ponds, and brook trout will be stocked as well as rainbows and browns. Trout fishing in the trophy trout streams is open from April 14 through Oct. 31 this year in the stream sections listed below. There is no length limit. The daily creel limit is two trout. Black River: along Route 131 in Weathersfield and Cavendish, from Downers covered bridge upstream, approximately four miles, to the next bridge across the river, The Howard Hill Bridge. Lamoille River: from the downstream edge of the bridge on Route 104 in the Village of Fairfax upstream, approximately 1.6 miles, to the top of the Fairfax Falls Dam in Fairfax. Otter Creek: in Danby and Mt. Tabor - From the Vermont Railway Bridge north of the fishing access upstream, approximately 2 miles, to the Danby-Mt. Tabor Forest Rd. Bridge (Forest Road 10). Winooski River: in Duxbury and Waterbury - From the top of the Bolton Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury upstream to the Route 2 Bridge at the east side of Waterbury Village. Little River: from its confluence with the Winooski River upstream to the Route 2 bridge in Waterbury. East Creek: in Rutland City from the confluence with Otter Creek upstream, approximately 2.7 miles, to the top of the Patch Dam in Rutland City. Missisquoi River: in Enosburg and Sheldon, from the downstream edge of Kane Road (TH-3) bridge upstream, approximately 5.7 miles, to the top of the Enosburg Falls Dam in Enosburg Falls. Passumpsic River: in St. Johnsbury, from the top of the Gage Dam upstream to the top of the Arnold Falls Dam. This section includes the Moose River: from the confluence with the Passumpsic River upstream to the Concord Avenue bridge. Winooski River: in Duxbury and Waterbury, from the top of Bolton Dam upstream to the Route 2 Bridge east of Waterbury Village. This section includes the Little River: from the confluence with the Winooski River upstream to the Route 2 bridge. About 25 percent of the fish stocked in these waters will also be trophy trout: Adams Reservoir (Woodford), Amherst Lake (Plymouth), Baker Pond (Brookfield), Bean Pond (Sutton), Beck Pond (Newark), Black Pond (Hubbardton), Brown Pond (Westmore), Colby Pond (Plymouth), Colton Pond (Sherburne), Echo Lake (Plymouth), Goshen Dam (Goshen), Kent Pond (Sherburne), Knapp Pond #1 and Knapp Pond # 2 (Reading-Cavendish), Lake Paran (Bennington-Shaftsbury), Lefferts Pond (Chittenden), May Pond (Barton), McIntosh Pond (Royalton), Mill Pond (Windsor), Miller Pond (Strafford), Osmore Pond (Peacham), Lake Raponda (Wilmington), Lake Rescue (Ludlow), Rood Pond (Williamstown-Brookfield), Searsburg Reservoir (Searsburg), Lake Shaftsbury (Shaftsbury), Smith Pond (Pittsford), Stoughton Pond (Weathersfield), Sunset Lake (Brookfield), Townshend Reservoir (Townshend), Wheeler Pond (Barton), Zack Woods Pond and Perch Pond (Hyde Park-Wolcott). Standard fishing regulations will apply to these lakes and ponds. For details, see the 2007 Vermont Digest of Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Regulations, available where licenses are sold.

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