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Trout season opens April 11

Opening day of Vermont's trout fishing season, April 11 this year, is big on tradition. It marks the beginning of another year of memorable angling experiences, alone, or with family or friends, at streamside, or on quiet lakes and ponds.

Early trout fishing provides a great reason to get outdoors, enjoy our warmer weather and try your luck at catching colorful brook, brown or rainbow trout as they become more active.

"This year's trout season signals the start of another year of enjoyable fishing on Vermont streams and lakes," said John Hall with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. "Although many lakes and ponds will still have ice, opportunities for good trout fishing will be available at inlets and outlets."

"Stream fishing will be best where the current is slower," he added. "Look for fish along the bottom in deep pools and behind large rocks. It takes more weight than normal to make a bait, lure or streamer fly bump along the bottom, but it's the most effective way to present your offering to trout in early spring."

Experienced anglers say worms or nightcrawlers make excellent bait for trout that are often lethargic due to the cold water present in early April.

Anglers are reminded to use sinkers that are not made of lead. It is unlawful to use a lead sinker weighing one-half ounce or less while fishing in Vermont. Weighted fly line, lead-core line, downrigger cannonballs, weighted flies, lure, spoons, or jig heads are not prohibited.

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