Vermont Trout Season is Approaching

fishingrob thumbnailLYNDONVILLE- Vermont anglers are preparing for opening day of the 2018 Trout season. The season opens on Saturday, April 14th.

Ted Benoit owner of the Lead and Tackle says trout season means spring is on its way, "it's a great way to kick off spring. Everybody has been inside through a long Vermont winter, once again." Benoit adds that as the weather gets nicer it makes open waters more of a reality for fishers in the area.

The Northeast Kingdom has a diverse offering for where and how to fish for trout ranging from the Passumpic River to small ponds, "Willoughby is certainly a hot spot for lake trout. There's a lot of great small brook fishing with some small light tackle fish set ups."

The most commonly used fishing rods for trout are light weight fly set ups and spin casting rods. Benoit says that there are different types of rods depending on what type of body of water you are fishing in. "We have a little bit of everything, some light weight fly setups and some spin casting. There are definitely some smaller set ups for the kids and stuff to go and tackle Willoughby or Lake Memphremagog or some of the larger open waters."

Benoit says his favorite part of trout season is simply the time of year, "just being out there, it's such a beautiful time of the year. It's not too hot yet at the beginning but when some of the insects start hatching in middle of summer, at the peak of the season. It's a lot of fun."

Vermont fisheries biologists say that the cold weather and runoff from storms and snow melting means that water levels will be high, and the water flow will be faster than normal. They encourage anglers to adjust their tactics based on water conditions and should be careful of water being too muddy.

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