§122. Fish Management Regulation

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Title

10APPENDIX

:
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Regulations






Chapter

002

:
FISH









[effective until January 1, 2016]

[Section 122 effective until January 1,

2016; see also section 122 effective January 1, 2016 set out below.]

§

122. Fish Management Regulation

 1.0 Authority

This rule is

adopted pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4081(b). In adopting this rule, the Fish and Wildlife

Board is following the policy established by the General Assembly that the

protection, propagation, control, management, and conservation of fish,

wildlife and fur-bearing animals in this state is in the interest of the public

welfare and that the safeguarding of this valuable resource for the people of

the state requires a constant and continual vigilance.

In accordance

with 10 V.S.A. § 4082, this rule is designed to maintain the best health,

population and utilization levels of Vermont's fisheries.

In accordance

with 10 V.S.A. § 4083, this rule establishes open seasons; establishes daily,

season, possession limits and size limits; prescribes the manner and means of

taking fish; and prescribes the manner of transportation and exportation of

fish.

 2.0 Purpose

It is the policy

of the state that the protection, propagation control, management and

conservation of fish, wildlife, and fur-bearing animals in this state is in the

interest of the public welfare, and that safeguarding of this valuable resource

for the people of the state requires a constant and continual vigilance.

 3.0 Angling, legal methods of taking fish

3.1 Definitons

3.1.1 Baited

Hook - A single shank hook with 1, 2, or 3 points which may be baited with

natural or artificial bait or both.

3.1.2 Lure - A

man-made device designed to catch only 1 fish at a time, to include a spoon,

plug, spinner, bait harness, tandem hook streamer or lead head jig.

3.1.3 Fly - A

single pointed hook dressed with feathers, hair, thread, tinsel, or any similar

material wound on or about the hook to which no hooks, spinners, spoons, or

similar devices have been added.

3.1.4 Immediate

Control - Such constant control as would enable the angler to respond forthwith

to a fish taking their bait, lure or fly promptly and without any delay.

3.2 Whether

still fishing, casting, or trolling in Vermont waters, a person may take fish

only by using not more than two lines over which he or she has immediate

control and to each of which lines is attached not more than two baited hooks,

or more than three artificial flies, or more than two lures with or without

bait, except that at Seymour Lake and Little Averill Lake a person may take

fish only by using not more than one line.

3.3 A person

fishing by angling shall not take fish through the ice, from the ice, or from

an object supported by the ice.

3.4 A person

shall not take any fish pursuant to subsection (3.2) unless it is hooked in the

mouth. Any fish taken under subsection (3.2) that is not hooked in the mouth

shall be immediately released pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4602. A fish hooked in

any other part of the body with a hook or hooks manipulated in such a manner as

to pierce and hook the fish other than in the mouth shall be considered to be

foul hooked, and shall be prima facie evidence of foul hooking.

 4.0 Ice Fishing

4.1 Definitions

4.1.1 Ice

Fishing - Ice fishing is defined as fishing by means of hook and line in hand

or attached to a rod, tip-up, jack or bob, where the angler is fishing through

a hole in the ice, from the ice or on an object supported by the ice. Fishing

by casting or trolling baited hooks, artificial flies or lures shall not be

considered ice fishing.

4.2 Fish may be

taken through the ice with not more than two baited hooks or three artificial

flies or two lures on each line. A person shall not operate more than eight

lines, except on Lake Champlain where no more than 15 lines may be operated,

and except on Seymour and Little Averill Lakes, where not more than four lines

may be operated.

4.3 A person so

fishing shall have at all times immediate control over the lines while in

operation at all times.

4.4 The

definitions of section 3 are applicable to this section.

 5.0 The taking, possessing, transporting, use

and selling of baitfish

 5.1 Purpose

5.1.1 This rule

applies to fish used as bait. This rule shall apply to all persons who take,

possess, transport, use, or deal with baitfish.

5.1.2 The

purpose of this paragraph is to: a) protect the fish, and fisheries in the

state, b) ensure the conservation of the fish and fisheries in the state, c)

maintain the best health of species of the state, d) prevent the introduction

or spread of a disease or parasite harmful to humans and wild species, and e)

prevent the escape or release of non-native species or species injurious to or

competitive with natural ecological systems and processes.

 5.2 Definitions

5.2.1

"Application" means a specific form provided by the Fish and Wildlife

Department.

5.2.2

"Baitbox" means a receptacle used for holding or keeping baitfish

alive for personal use. A legal baitbox shall not exceed 25 cubic feet in

volume.

5.2.3

"Baitfish" means fish species and parts thereof, living or dead, used

for the purpose of attracting and catching fish.

5.2.4

"Commercial Dealing, dealing, or deal" means to sell as defined in 10

V.S.A. § 4001, subsection (22).

5.2.5 "Fish

Hatchery" refers to any fish culture station, hatchery, or artificial

rearing pond which grows or maintains baitfish for sale in Vermont.

5.2.6

"Permit" is a document from the Commissioner granting a Commercial

Bait Dealers Permit.

5.2.7

"Waterbody" means any lake, pond, river, or stream including all

tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable to upstream fish movement.

5.2.8

"Commercially Preserved Baitfish" means baitfish which are chemically

treated in a manner approved by the Department, and then packaged for retail

sale.

5.2.9 Personal

Baitfish Harvest" means baitfish taken for noncommercial use.

5.3 Personal

Baitfish Harvest

5.3.1 Personally

harvested baitfish may be used only on the same waterbody from which they were

collected.

5.3.2 A person

may harvest for baitfish only those fish species listed under paragraphs 5.6.1,

5.6.2 and 5.6.3.

5.3.3 It is

unlawful to take baitfish for personal use other than by the following methods:

a) minnow traps no longer than eighteen inches with an entrance for fish not

exceeding one inch in diameter, b) dip nets, cast nets, and umbrella nets not

exceeding a total of 51 square feet of mesh, or a seine net not exceeding 25

feet in length, c) angling by hook and line.

5.3.4 The

personal harvest of baitfish is unlawful in Seasonally Closed Waters as listed

in Section 9.0 of this regulation, except during the open season for trout, and

is prohibited in streams as specified in Section 9.2. Baitfish harvest shall be

conducted only by angling/ice fishing or the use of minnow traps no longer than

eighteen inches with an entrance for fish not exceeding one inch in diameter.

5.3.5 All traps,

nets, baitboxes or other holding receptacles capable of taking, holding or

keeping live baitfish in public waters must be marked with the name and address

of the owner and user.

5.3.6 Personally

harvested baitfish shall not be transported by motorized vehicle away from the

waterbody from which they were collected.

5.3.7 Baitfish

may be held on the water in a pen or baitbox as defined in paragraph 5.2.2.

5.3.8 Personally

harvested baitfish may be collected from a waterbody's tributaries upstream to

the first impassable barrier for use on such waterbody. Personally harvested

baitfish shall not be transported upstream beyond the first impassable barrier.

5.3.9 The

personal harvest of baitfish is prohibited on any waterbody of the state that

is defined as closed to baitfish harvest. The Department will maintain and make

available a list of closed waters.

5.3.10 Fish eggs

may be collected from legally harvested fish from Vermont waters, and used

immediately as bait on the same water where taken unless that waterbody has

been closed to baitfish collection. It is illegal to move personally harvested

fish eggs to any other waterbody. It is illegal to transport fish eggs away

from and return them to the same waterbody for use as bait unless they have

been processed in a manner approved by the Department as described on the

Department website.

5.4 Commercially

Purchased Baitfish

5.4.1 It is

unlawful to import baitfish into the State of Vermont without a Fish

Importation Permit, except as provided for in paragraphs 5.4.7 and 5.4.8.

5.4.2 A person

purchasing baitfish shall retain and show upon request a transportation receipt

issued by a state-approved commercial bait dealer, authorizing transportation

of baitfish overland by motorized vehicle. The receipt shall contain the

following information: 1) A unique receipt identification number, 2) The name

and telephone number of the bait dealer, 3) time and date of sale, 4) species

purchased, 5) quantity purchased, 6) waterbody (limited to one) on which the

baitfish will be used, 7) signature of purchaser.

5.4.3 A

transportation receipt shall be valid for 96 hours from time and date of sale.

5.4.4 A person

may transport unused commercially purchased baitfish away from waters of the

state by motorized vehicle, and retain for later use on the same waterbody as

indicated on the baitfish transportation receipt, within 96 hours from time and

date of sale.

5.4.5 A person

transporting unused commercially purchased baitfish away from the waterbody

indicated on the baitfish transportation receipt for later use on said

waterbody shall not hold them in any other water of the state. These baitfish

must be kept in a closed container isolated from any inflow of lake, pond or

stream water, or outflow to such waters of the state.

5.4.6 Baitfish

may be held beyond the 96 hour period on the water in a pen or baitbox as per

paragraph 5.2.2.

5.4.7 A person

may purchase baitfish from a New York baitshop for use on Lake Champlain only,

provided the baitshop is Vermont-licensed, and the baitfish are accompanied by

a Vermont-issued baitfish transportation receipt.

5.4.8 A person

may purchase baitfish from a New Hampshire baitshop for use on the Connecticut

River and its setbacks only, provided the baitshop is Vermont-licensed, and the

baitfish are accompanied by a Vermont-issued baitfish transportation receipt.

For the purposes of this paragraph, the Connecticut River is defined as all

waters of the river including the bays, setbacks, and tributaries, only to the

first highway bridge crossing said tributaries on the Vermont side.

5.4.9

Commercially prepared and preserved baitfish and fish eggs available from

retail stores may be purchased and used as bait, and may be taken home and kept

for later use, provided they are retained in the original packaging at all

times.

5.5 Commercial

Bait Dealers

5.5.1 Any person

who buys bait for resale or sells baitfish is required to obtain a Commercial

Bait Dealers Permit from the Commissioner. Only persons operating a place of

business and offering baitfish for sale to the public may apply for and hold a

Commercial Bait Dealers permit.

5.5.2 Commercial

Bait Dealers may sell as bait only those species of fish listed under section

5.6.1. Commercial Bait Dealers may also sell rainbow smelt as bait, provided

they are obtained from a fish hatchery approved by the Commissioner as per

paragraph 5.5.4 and its subsections below, or harvested by angling/ice fishing

and sold for use on the same waterbody on which the Bait Dealer is located as

per paragraph 5.5.5 and its subsections below.

5.5.3 Commercial

Bait Dealers must declare in their permit application if they will be a

Statewide baitfish dealer, or a Waterbody-Specific baitfish dealer.

5.5.4 Statewide

baitfish dealers are prohibited from possessing, buying or selling wild-caught

baitfish.

5.5.4.1 Baitfish

sold by Statewide baitfish dealers must originate from a fish hatchery approved

by the Commissioner.

5.5.4.2

Statewide baitfish dealers must hold or keep baitfish in waters drawn from a

secure well or municipal water source, or other water source as approved by the

Fish and Wildlife Department.

5.5.4.3 Baitfish

sold by Statewide baitfish dealers may be used in waters throughout the state,

except those waters as described in Section 6.0 of this regulation.

5.5.5

Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers must declare on their permit application

the waterbody on which they are located.

5.5.5.1

Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers may harvest wild baitfish only from the

declared waterbody, and offer them for sale and use only on the declared

waterbody.

5.5.5.2

Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers must have baitfish holding facilities that

discharge directly to their declared waterbody. Holding facilities must not

discharge to other waters of the state.

5.5.5.3

Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers shall not operate dip nets, cast nets, or

umbrella nets exceeding 51 square feet of mesh, or a seine net exceeding 125

feet in length, for the purposes of taking fish for bait, unless otherwise

provided for on a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit. Baitfish netting is

prohibited in all Seasonally Closed Waters as listed in Section 9.0 of this

regulation, unless otherwise provided for on a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit.

5.5.5.4 All

traps, nets, baitboxes or other holding receptacles capable of taking, holding

or keeping live baitfish in public waters must be marked with the name and

address of the owner and user.

5.5.5.5 The

commercial harvest of baitfish is prohibited on any waterbody of the state that

is defined as closed to baitfish harvest. The Department will maintain and make

available a list of closed waters.

5.5.6 A

Commercial Bait Dealer shall provide to each customer at the point of sale a

copy of a transportation receipt containing the following information: 1) A

unique receipt identification number, 2) The name and telephone number of the

bait dealer, 3) time and date of sale, 4) species purchased, 5) quantity

purchased, 6) waterbody (limited to one) on which the baitfish will be used, 7)

signature of purchaser.

5.5.7 A

transportation receipt shall be valid for 96 hours from time and date of sale.

5.5.8 Receipt books

shall be provided to Commercial Bait Dealers by the Department.

5.5.9 Any holder

of a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit shall maintain receipts or records for each

lot of wholesaled hatchery-raised or wild-caught baitfish introduced into their

shop. The receipts or records shall include: name, address and telephone number

of seller (for wholesaled baitfish), and date received, species identification,

and quantity purchased or harvested, for wholesaled and wild-caught baitfish.

The permit holder shall retain the receipts and records for at least one year

after the date of sale or harvest. Receipts or records must be provided to the

Department immediately upon request.

5.6 Approved

Species of Fish for use as Bait

5.6.1

Banded killifish

Fundulus diaphanus

Blacknose dace

Rhinichthys atratulus

Bluntnose minnow

Pimephales notatus

Common shiner

Luxilus cornutus

Creek chub

Semotilus atromaculatus

Eastern silvery

minnow Hybognathus regius

Emerald shiner

Notropis atherinoides

Fallfish

Semotilus corporalis

Fathead minnow

Pimephales promelas

Golden shiner

Notemigonus crysoleucas

Longnose dace

Rhinichthys cataractae

Longnose sucker

Catostomus catostomus

Mimic shiner

Notropis volucellus

Northern

redbelly dace Phoxinus eos

Spottail shiner

Notropis hudsonius

White sucker

Catostomus commersoni

5.6.2 The

following additional fish species, or parts thereof, may be taken only by

angling/ice fishing and used for bait only in those waters where taken and

shall not be transported alive from those waters; only Rainbow smelt may be

commercially sold as bait:

Bluegill Lepomis

macrochirus

Pumpkinseed

Lepomis gibbosus

Rainbow smelt

Osmerus mordax

Rock bass

Ambloplites rupestris

Yellow perch

Perca flavescens

5.6.3 Lake

Champlain - In addition to 5.6.2, the following fish species, or parts thereof,

may be taken only by angling/ice fishing in Lake Champlain and used as bait in

Lake Champlain, as described in Section 7.0 of this regulation, and may not be

commercially harvested or sold as bait; Alewife may only be used/possessed if

dead:

Alewife Alosa

pseudoharengus

White perch

Morone americana

5.6.4 All other

species of fish are prohibited for use as bait.

5.7 Commercial

Bait Dealer Application Process

5.7.1 A party

who wishes to obtain a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit shall apply to the Commissioner

in writing on a form provided by the Department. The Department may require the

applicant to submit such additional information as is necessary to determine

that the permitted activities comply with the purposes of this rule, including

but not limited to fish health testing, and the impact to Vermont's fish and

fisheries.

5.7.2 If the

application is deficient, the Department shall inform the applicant of the

deficiencies and return the application within 30 days of receipt, along with

any associated fee, to the applicant for revision and re-submission.

5.7.3 If the

application is denied, the Commissioner shall, within 30 days of receipt of

application, send the applicant a written denial providing the reasons for the

denied.

5.8 Permit

Compliance

5.8.1 The

Permittee shall make the permit available upon request by an agent of the

Department. Premises and equipment used by persons to take, store, or deal in

baitfish shall be accessible for inspection by the Commissioner and his or her

agents. Samples for species determination or disease examination shall be made

available immediately upon request.

5.8.2 Permittees

shall provide the Department with additional information as requested on an

annual basis or prior to the re-issuance of a new permit.

5.9 Permit

Revocation

5.9.1 The

Commissioner may revoke any permit issued in order to protect regulated

species: for any violation of a permit; failure to comply with this rule;

violation of any part of 10 V.S.A. Appendix; violation of the provisions of

Part 4, Title 10, Vermont Statutes Annotated; if the Commissioner determines it

is in the best interest of the fish or fisheries of Vermont.

5.9.2 Prior to

permit revocation, the Commissioner shall provide a proceeding consistent with

3 V.S.A. § 814(c).

5.9.3 Appeals of

the decisions of the Commissioner are subject to the Vermont Rules of Civil

Procedure.

6.0 Use of fish

as bait

The use of fish

in any form whether alive or dead for bait in fishing is prohibited in:

Adams Reservoir,

Woodford;

Beaver Pond,

Holland;

Beebe Pond,

Sunderland;

Big Mud Pond,

Mt. Tabor;

Blake Pond,

Sutton;

Bourn Pond,

Sunderland;

Branch Pond,

Sunderland;

Cow Mountain

Pond, Granby;

Griffith Lake,

Mt. Tabor;

Jobs Pond,

Westmore;

Lewis Pond,

Lewis;

Little Rock

Pond, Wallingford;

Martins Pond,

Peacham;

McIntosh Pond,

Royalton;

North Pond,

Chittenden;

Notch Pond,

Ferdinand;

Red Mill Pond,

Woodford;

Sterling Pond,

Cambridge;

South America

Pond, Ferdinand;

Stratton Pond,

Stratton;

Unknown Pond,

Averys Gore;

Unknown Pond,

Ferdinand

and any ponds as may be created or

reclaimed by the Fish and Wildlife Department. This regulation shall be posted

at all waters affected.

 7.0 Lake Champlain Boundaries

Lake Champlain

proper shall be considered to include the setback at the same level and the

major tributaries to the lake to the following boundaries:

Dead Creek to

Panton Road bridge in Panton;

East Creek to

the falls in Orwell (downstream of Mount Independence Road);

Lamoille River

to the top of first dam (Peterson Dam) in Milton;

LaPlatte River

to the falls in Shelburne (under Falls Road bridge);

Lewis Creek to

falls in North Ferrisburgh (just upstream of Old Hollow Road);

Little Otter

Creek to falls in Ferrisburgh Center (downstream of Little Chicago Road);

Malletts Creek

to the first falls upstream of Roosevelt Highway (US 2 and US 7) in Colchester;

Mill River in

Georgia to the falls in Georgia (just upstream of Georgia Shore Road bridge);

Missisquoi River

to the top of Swanton Dam in the Village of Swanton;

Mud Creek to the

dam in Alburg (just upstream of Route 78 bridge);

Otter Creek to

the top of the dam in the city of Vergennes;

Poultney River

to Central Vermont Power Dam at Carver Falls in West Haven;

Rock River to

first Canadian border crossing;

Winooski River

to the Winooski One hydropower dam west of Main Street (US 7) in Winooski and

Burlington;

8.0 Clyde River:

Catch and Release

Between October

1 and October 31, on the Clyde River (Newport City, Orleans County) from the

downstream edge of the arch bridge at Gardner Park entrance upstream to the top

of the abandoned mill dam located immediately upstream of the Newport 1, 2, 3

hydroelectric powerhouse, fishing may be done with artificial flies and lures

only, and all salmon caught must be released.

 

 

 

 

 

 9.0 Seasonally Closed Waters

9.1 The following

lakes and ponds or portions thereof are hereby designated Seasonally Closed

Waters and shall be closed to all fishing except during the open season for

trout as provided in section 10 of these regulations:

Adams Reservoir,

Woodford

Ansel Pond, Bethel

Baker Pond,

Barton

Bald Hill Pond,

Westmore

Bean Pond,

Sutton

Beaver Pond,

Holland

Beck Pond,

Newark

Beebe Pond,

Sunderland

Big Averill

Lake, Norton and Averill

Big Mud Pond,

Mt. Tabor

Blake Pond,

Sutton

Bourn Pond,

Sunderland

Branch Pond,

Sunderland

Brown Pond,

Westmore

Caspian Lake,

Greensboro

Center Pond,

Newark

Colby Pond,

Plymouth

Cow Mountain

Pond, Granby

Crystal Lake,

Barton

Duck Pond,

Sutton

Dufresne Pond,

Manchester

East Long Pond,

Woodbury

Echo Lake,

Charleston

Ewell Pond,

Peacham

Forest Lake,

Averill

Goshen Dam

(Sugar Hill Reservoir), Goshen

Griffith Lake,

Mt. Tabor

Hapgood Pond,

Peru

Hartwell Pond,

Albany

Holland Pond,

Holland

Jobs Pond,

Westmore

Knapp Brook Pond

No. 1, Reading and Cavendish

Knapp Brook Pond

No. 2, Reading and Cavendish

Lake

Dunmore-Salisbury and Leicester - Except from Sucker Brook to the island south,

which shall be open.

Levi Pond,

Groton

Lewis Pond,

Lewis

Little Averill

Lake, Averill

Little Elmore

Pond, Elmore

Little Rocky

Pond, Wallingford

Long Pond,

Newbury

Long Pond,

Westmore

Maidstone Lake,

Maidstone

Marl Pond,

Sutton

Martins Pond,

Peacham

May Pond, Barton

McIntosh Pond,

Royalton

Mud Pond, Hyde

Park

Nelson Pond

(Forest Lake), Calais and Woodbury

Nichols Pond,

Woodbury

North Pond,

Chittenden

Norton Pond,

Norton

Notch Pond,

Ferdinand

Noyes (Seyon)

Pond, Groton

Peacham Pond,

Peacham

Perch Pond,

(Zack Woods Pond), Hyde Park

Pigeon Pond,

Groton

Red Mill Pond,

Woodford

Seymour Lake,

Morgan

Shadow Lake,

Glover

Silver Lake,

Leicester

South America

Pond, Ferdinand

South Pond,

Marlboro

Spring Lake,

Shrewsbury

Stannard Pond,

Stannard

Sterling Pond,

Cambridge

Stoughton Pond,

Weathersfield

Stratton Pond,

Stratton

Sunset Lake,

Benson

Unknown Pond,

Averys Gore

Unknown Pond,

Ferdinand

Vail Pond,

Sutton

Vernon Hatchery

Pond, Vernon

West Mountain

Pond, Maidstone

Wheeler Pond,

Barton and Sutton

Willoughby Lake,

Westmore

Zack Woods,

(Perch Pond), Hyde Park

9.2 All streams

are hereby designated Seasonally Closed Waters and shall be closed to all

fishing:

9.2.1 except

during the open season for trout as provided in section 10 of these

regulations; and

9.2.2 except

that the following streams shall be open to trout fishing only and no other

fishing shall be allowed, as set forth in Table 9.2.3.

9.2.3 STREAMS

OPEN TO TROUT FISHING ONLY NOVEMBER 1 TO THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE SECOND WEEK IN

APRIL

 

1.

Waters           2. Methods        3. Season      

    4. Size              5.

Daily Bag

                                                                        Restrictions        Limit

 

Listed              Artificial

fly    November

1 to   Catch and       Zero-All trout

below:             or

lure only      the Friday            release

only    must be

                                                before the 2nd                            immediately

                                                Saturday in                                 released to

                                                April:                                         the water

                                                              

                                   where taken:

Black River From the top of the Lovejoy

Dam in Springfield upstream

to the Howard Hill Road Bridge in

Cavendish.

 

Deerfield River From the Woods Road

(Medburyville) bridge in

Wilmington upstream approximately 2 miles

to the VT Route 9W bridge in

Searsburg.

 

East Creek (Rutland City) From the

confluence with Otter Creek

upstream (approximately 2.7 miles) to the

top of the Patch Dam in Rutland

City.

 

Hoosic River From the Vermont/New York

border upstream to the

Vermont/Massachusetts border.

 

Lamoille River From the top of the

hydroelectric dam at Fairfax Falls

upstream to the top of the Cady's Falls

Dam in Morristown.

 

Missisquoi River From the top of the

Sheldon Springs Dam in Sheldon

Springs to the top of the Enosburg Falls

Dam in Enosburg Falls.

 

Moose River From the confluence with

Passumpsic River upstream to the

downstream edge of the Concord Avenue

bridge in St. Johnsbury.

 

Otter Creek From the top of the Center

Rutland Falls in Rutland

upstream to the Danby-Mt. Tabor Forest

Road Bridge (Forest Road #10) in Mt.

Tabor.

 

Passumpsic River From the Connecticut

River boundary upstream to the

top of Arnolds Falls Dam in St. Johnsbury.

 

Walloomsac River From the Vermont/New York

border in Bennington

upstream to the top of the former Vermont

Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of

Murphy Road) in Bennington.

 

Winooski River From the top of the Bolton

Dam  in Waterbury and

Duxbury upstream to the VT Route 2/100 in

Duxbury and Waterbury.

 10.0 Fish - Open Seasons, Size Restrictions

and Daily Bag Limits.

Fish of the

species named or described in the tables set forth below may be taken:

In the waters specified

in column 1, by the method specified in column 2, during the open season

specified in column 3.

Provided they

meet any size restrictions specified in column 4., and only in numbers listed

under daily bag limits specified in column 5., under no circumstances may a

person take in one day, more than the daily bag or weight limit from a listed

body of water. No person may take in aggregate more than the daily State-wide

aggregate limit for any species listed.

Businesses may

buy lawfully taken fish, with the approval of the Commissioner, pursuant to

guidelines of the Board. Fish species are restricted to species not protected

by title 10 V.S.A. § 4611.

10.1 Possession

limits are equal to twice the daily bag limits. Fish species with limit

restrictions may not be possessed in excess of the possession limits at any

time.

10.1.1 No person

shall have live fish in their possession that are transported in a manner which

attempts to keep them alive when leaving waters of the state (10 V.S.A. §  1251(13)), except as follows:

10.1.1.1 the

person has been issued a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit by the Commissioner,

10.1.1.2 the

person has been issued scientific collection permit by the Commissioner which

specifically approves of the activity,

10.1.1.3 the

person has been issued a fish transportation permit by the Commissioner which

specifically approves of the activity,

10.1.1.4 the

person has been issued a fish breeders permit or fish importation permit by the

Commissioner which specifically approves of the activity.

10.2 The daily

bag limit for a fish species on a water body with a closed season for that fish

species is zero.

10.3

"General waters" restrictions are the provisions applicable to all

waters of the state, except the waters specifically named or described.

10.4 Unless

otherwise specifically provided, fish not listed in this regulation may be

taken at any time and without size or catch limit, in waters not listed as

Seasonally Closed Waters in Section 9 of these regulations.

 

10.5 Open

Seasons, Size Restrictions and Daily Bag Limits Tables

a fish species that may be taken in one

day)

 

10.5.1 STATEWIDE AGGREGATE DAILY BAG LIMITS

(Maximum number of

a fish species that may be taken in one day)

  

 

        

FISH SPECIES                         DAILY AGGREGRATE LIMITS

Brook Trout                                                    12 fish

Brown and

Rainbow Trout        Maximum Combination

of 6 fish

Lake Trout                              2 fish, (3 if taken from Lake Champlain)

Salmon                                                            2 fish

Large and

Smallmouth Bass      Maximum combination

of 5 fish

Northern

Pike                                                  5 fish

Chain

Pickerel                                                 10 fish

Muskellunge                                                    0 fish

Walleye/Sauger                                               3 fish

Black and White

Crappie                                25 fish

American

Shad                                               2 fish

Yellow

Perch                                                  50 fish

Yellow Perch

exception                      Lake Champlain - No daily limit

 

10.5.2 BROOK, BROWN AND RAINBOW

TROUT

 

1.

Waters           2. Methods        3. Season      

    4. Size              5.

Daily Bag

                                                                        Restrictions        Limit

 

General             Angling             Second              No

restriction     6 trout

waters.                                      Saturday in

(except

as                                  April through

listed

below)                              October 31

Lake

Champlain Angling and       No closed      

   Minimum length            3 trout

                        ice

fishing         season               of 12 inches

Rivers

and         Angling             Second              No

restriction     12 trout, of

Streams                                     Saturday

in                                            which not

April through                             more

                                                October 31                                than

6 can be

                                                                                                brown

and/or

                                                              

                                             rainbow

 



10.5.3 TROPHY TROUT STREAMS

 

1.

Waters           2. Methods        3. Season      

    4. Size              5.

Daily Bag

                                                                        Restrictions        Limit

 

Listed Below:  Angling         Second            No

restriction  2 trout in

                                                Saturday in                              aggregate

                                                April through

                                                October 31

Black River along Rt. 131 in Weathersfield

and Cavendish, - from

Downers covered bridge upstream

(approximately 4 miles) to the next bridge

across the river, The Howard Hill Bridge.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Little River - From the confluence with

Winooski River in Waterbury

upstream to the Route 2 bridge in

Waterbury.

 

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.

 

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).

 

Passumpsic River in the Village of St.

Johnsbury - From the top of

the Gage Dam in St. Johnsbury upstream

(approximately 2.4 miles) to the top

of the Arnold Falls Dam.

 

Moose River - From the confluence with the

Passumpsic River

upstream (approximately 350 feet) to the

downstream edge of the Concord

Avenue bridge in the Village of St.

Johnsbury.

 

Walloomsac River in Bennington - From the

Vermont/New York border

upstream to the top of the former Vermont

Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of

Murphy Road) in Bennington.

 

Winooski River in Duxbury and Waterbury -

From the top of the Bolton

Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury upstream to

the Route 2 Bridge (east side of

Waterbury Village).

 

10.5.4 RAINBOW TROUT (Including STEELHEAD) / BROWN

TROUT

 

1.

Waters      2. Methods      3. Season                 4.

Size                          5. Daily Bag

                                                            Restrictions                    Limit

 

Listed       Angling         Second         Minimum length         2

trout

Below:                            Saturday in   of 10 inches

                                       April

through

                                       October

31

 Lakes and Ponds

     

Caspian Lake, Greensboro

     

Echo Lake,

Charleston

     

Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and the connecting waters),

           

Coventry, Derby, Newport City and Newport;

Willoughby Lake, Westmore

 

Rivers and Streams:

    

 Orleans County:

         

Barton River - From the downstream side of the US Route 5 bridge

southernmost and closest to the Village of Barton in Barton downstream to Lake

Memphremagog

Black River - From the downstream side of

the VT Route 14/58 bridge in

Irasburg downstream to Lake Memphremagog.

         

Johns River - From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert)

upstream of Lake Memphremagog on North Derby Road (TH #6) upstream to U.S. 5,

in Derby.

Willoughby River

- The entire Willoughby River, from the Willoughby Lake outlet downstream to

the confluence with the Barton River.

 

 

10.5.5 BROOK, BROWN RAINBOW, LAKE TROUT AND SALMON – 2

FISH

AGGREGATE LIMITS

 

1. Waters      2. Methods      3. Season       4. Size                  5.

Daily Bag

                                                                        Restrictions    Limit

Listed          Angling            Second               See                  Two

fish in

below:                                   Saturday in    

   regulations     aggregate

                                              April through  

for specific

                                              October 31     

  bodies of

                                                                        waters

Big Averill Lake, Norton and Averill

Caspian Lake, Greensboro

Center

Pond, Newark

Crystal Lake, Barton

East Long Pond, Woodbury

Echo Lake,

Charleston

Elligo Lake, Craftsbury and Greensboro

Forest Lake (Nelson

Pond), Calais and Woodbury

Harveys Lake, Barnet

Lake Dunmore, Salisbury

Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and

the connecting waters),

Coventry, Derby,

Newport City and Newport

Little Averill Lake, Averill

Long Pond, Westmore

Maidstone Lake, Maidstone

Nelson Pond (Forest

Lake), Calais and Woodbury

Nichols Pond, Woodbury

Seymour Lake, Morgan

Shadow Lake, Glover

Spring Lake, Shrewsbury

Sunset Lake, Benson

Willoughby Lake, Westmore.

10.5.6 STREAMS

OPEN TO YEAR ROUND TROUT FISHING

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

The

following       Artificial fly          No closed              Catch

and             Zero - All trout must

portions

of            or

lure only,           season for             release only           be

immediately

the

specified         except during        catch and                                              returned to

rivers

shall             the

open                release only                                           the 

waters

be

open to             season for                                                                             where

taken,

fishing

for              trout.                                                                                      except

during

trout  year                                                                                                             the

open

round:                                                        

                                                           season,

limits

(Listed                                                       

                                                            apply

in

below)                                                                                                                    accordance

                                                              

                                                 with

the river

                                                              

                                                 selected.

                                                Open season;    During the

                                                from the 2nd   

open season

                                                Saturday in       follow any

                                                April through   species

                                                October 31       restrictions

                                                                          for

the

                                                                          selected river

 

Black River - From the Connecticut River

boundary upstream to the top

of the Lovejoy Dam in Springfield.

 

Lamoille River - From the Lake Champlain

boundary (top of Perterson

Dam in Milton) upstream to the top of the

hydroelectric Dam at Fairfax Falls.

 

Lewis Creek - From the Lake Champlain

boundary upstream to the State

Prison Hollow Road (TH #3) bridge in

Starksboro.

 

Missisquoi River - From Lake Champlain

boundary upstream to the top

of the Sheldon Springs Dam in Sheldon

Springs.

 

Ompompanoosuc River - From the Connecticut

River boundary upstream to

the Union Village Dam in Thetford.

 

Otter Creek - From the Lake Champlain

boundary upstream to top of

Center Rutland Falls in Rutland.

 

Waits River - From the Connecticut River

boundary upstream to the top

of the Central Vermont Power Dam in

Bradford.

 

West River - Fom the Connecticut River

boundary upstream to the

Townshend Dam in Townshend.

White River - From the Connecticut River

boundary upstream to the

bridge on Route 107 in Bethel.

 

Williams River - From the Connecticut

River boundary upstream to the

top of the dam at Brockway Mills Falls in

Rockingham.

 

Winooski River - From the Lake Champlain

boundary upstream to the

Bolton Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury.

 

 

10.5.7 LAKE TROUT AND SALMON

 

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

General                  Angling                  Second                   Salmon

-                2

Lake Trout

Waters

(all                                             Saturday in           Minimum

             or 2 Salmon

waters

except                                       April

through        length                     or

1 of each

listed

below)                                          October 31            15 inches              

                                                                                                Lake

Trout -

                                                                                Minimum

length

                                                                                - 18 inches

 

Lake

Champlain Angling ice            No

Closed             Lake Trout and    3 Lake Trout

               fishing                    Season                   Salmon

-                and

2 Salmon

                                                                                Minimum

length

                                                                                of 15 Inches

 

Little

Averill        Angling with            Angling

second     Lake

Trout -         1 Lake Trout

Lake

and               not

more than      Saturday in           Minimum length  and 1Salmon

Seymour

Lake     1

line                      April through        of 20 inches          or 2 Salmon

                                                October 31

 

               Ice

fishing             Ice fishing:            Salmon -               

               with

not more       third Saturday      Minimum length

                than

4 lines           in January             of 15 inches

                                                through March

                                                15

 

Listed                     Angling                  Second                   Lake

Trout -    2 Lake Trout

Below:                                                   Saturday in           Minimum        or 2 Salmon or

                                                April through        length

of 18    1 of each

                                                October

31            Inches

 

                                                                               Salmon -

                                                                                Minimum length

                                                                                of 17 Inches

 

 

Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and

the connecting waters), Coventry, Derby, Newport City and Newport, excluding

all waters of the Clyde River Watershed upstream of the hydroelectric dam that

creates West Charleston Pond (Lubber Lake) in West Charleston and excluding

Willoughby Lake and all waters that flow into it.

 

10.5.8 SPECIAL ICE FISHING PROVISIONS FOR BROOK,

BROWN,

RAINBOW, LAKE TROUT, SALMON AND BASS

 

1. Waters     2. Methods      3. Season            4.

Size             5. Daily Bag

                                                                        Restrictions    Limit

Listed       Ice Fishing         Third Saturday    See species      See species

below:                                  in January           restriction        restriction

                                             through

March   for individual  for individual

                                             15                       body

of water  body of water

 

Big Averill Lake, Norton and Averill;

Big Salem Lake, Derby;

Caspian

Lake, Greensboro;

Chittenden Dam, Chittenden;

Crystal Lake, Barton;

Echo Lake, Charleston;

Echo Lake, Plymouth;

Eden Lake, Eden;

Elligo Lake, Craftsbury and Greensboro;

Glen Lake, Castleton, Fair Haven, and Benson;

Harriman Reservoir, Whitingham and

Wilmington;

Harveys Lake, Barnet;

Island Pond, Brighton;

Joes Pond, Cabot, Danville;

Lake Bomoseen, Castleton and Hubbardton;

Lake Dunmore, Leicester, and Salisbury;

Lake Fairlee, Thetford, West Fairlee,

Fairlee;

Lake Hortonia, Sudbury, Hubbardton;

Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and

the connecting waters), Coventry, Derby, Newport City and Newport;

Lake Morey, Fairlee;

Lake Rescue, Ludlow;

Lake St. Catherine, Wells, Poultney;

Little Averill Lake, Averill;

Little Salem Lake, Derby;

Maidstone Lake, Maidstone;

Marshfield Dam (Mollys Falls Reservoir),

Cabot;

Miles Pond, Concord;

Nelson Pond (Forest Lake), Calais and

Woodbury;

Newark Pond, Newark

Norton Pond, Norton;

Parker Pond, Glover;

Peacham Pond, Peachman;

Pensioner Pond, Charleston;

Seymour Lake, Morgan;

Shadow Lake, Glover;

Somerset Reservoir, Somerset;

Sunset Lake, Benson;

Wallace Pond, Canaan;

Waterbury Reservoir, Waterbury;

Willoughby Lake,

Westmore;

Woodbury Lake, (Sabin Pond), Calais and

Woodbury

10.5.8 WILD TROUT STREAMS

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions                           Limit

 

Lamoille                Angling,

with         Second                   Minimum

length                  2

trout

River

-                    artificial                 Saturday

in           of

16 inches.

From

the                lures

and                April through

downstream          flies

only.               October

31.

edge

of the

railroad

bridge  in

Johnson

upstream

(approximately

3.7

miles)

to

the

downstream

edge

of the

Ten

Bends

Drive

bridge

in

Hyde Park.

 

White                     Angling,

with         Second                   Minimum

length                  1

trout

River  -                   artificial                 Saturday

in           of

18 inches

From

the                lures

and                April through

confluence            flies

only.               October

31.

with

Lilliesville

Brook

in

Stockbridge

downstream

3.3

miles to

220

ft. down-

stream

of

the

confluence

with

Cleveland

Brook

in Bethel.

 

Mettawee              Angling                  Second                   10

to 14                                 2 trout, only

River

-                                                    Saturday in           inches                                     1

greater than

From

the                                                April through        protected                               14

inches

downstream                                          October 31.   

       slot: (all

edge

of the                                   

                                        trout

10 to 14

Route

153                                                                             inches

must be

bridge

in                                                                                 released)

Pawlet

upstream

(approximately

16

miles) to

the

downstream

edge

of first

bridge

on Dorsert

Hollow

Road

and

including

tributary:

Flower

Brook

upstream

(approximately

 1000 ft) to

the

downstream

edge

of the

Route

30

bridge

in

Pawlet.

Winooski               Angling                  June

1 through     10 to 16                                 2 trout, only

River                                                      October 31            inches                                     1

greater than

Tributaries

-                                                                          protected                               16

inches

Listed

Below                                                                         slot: (all

                                                                                                fish

10 to 16

                                                                                inches must be

                                                                                released)

Winooski River Tributaries

 

Joiner Brook, Bolton  - From the confluence of the Winooski River

upstream approximately 1900 feet to the

first falls.

 

Pinneo Brook, Bolton - From the confluence

of the Winooski River

upstream approximately 100 feet to the

railroad crossing.

 

Preston Brook, Bolton -  From the confluence of the Winooski River

upstream approximately 2600 feet to the

first falls.

 

Ridley Brook, Duxbury - From the

confluence of the Winooski River

upstream approximately 1700 feet to the

first falls.

 

Listed                     Angling                  Second                   10

to 16                                 2 trout, only

Below:                                                   Saturday in           inches                                     1

greater than

                                                April through        protected                               16

inches

                                                October 31            slot:

(all

                                                                                fish 10 to 16

                                                                                inches must be

                                                                                releases)

 

Dog River - From the first bridge on Route

12 above the confluence

with the Winooski River upstream

(approximately 4.3 miles) to the railroad

bridge in West Berlin.

 

New Haven River - From Munger Street

Bridge in New Haven upstream

(approximately 4.1 miles) to the South

Street bridge in Bristol.

 

Winooski River - From Preston Brook mouth

upstream (approximately 4.4

miles) to the Ridley Brook mouth.

 

 

 

10.5.10 ANADROMOUS ATLANTIC SALMON

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season                               4.

Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

Connecticut          No

person              No Open Season                  All fish must         Zero

- All

River

and              shall

take or                                                          be

immediately    Anadromous

tributaries              attempt

to                                                             released                 Atlantic

take an                                                                                                  salmon

must

anadromous                                                                                         be

immedi-

                                Atlantic                                                                                                  ately

released

               salmon,

any

               salmon

               unintentionally

                                taken

shall

               be

immediately

               released

in

               accordance

               with

section

               4602

 

10.5.11 AMERICAN SHAD

 

1.

Waters                               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

Connecticut                          Angling                  No

Closed             No restriction        2 Shad

River,                                                                     Season

including

Vermont

river

tributaries

 

 

10.5.11 CARP, BOWFIN, SUCKERS, MULLET (REDHORSE), GAR

 

1.

Waters                               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

General                                  Angling,

ice           No

Closed             No restriction        No limit

Waters                                   fishing

and            Season

(Except                                  bow

with line

seasonally                             attached

to an

closed

waters                        arrow

and

as listed

below)

 

Lake                                       Angling,

ice           No

closed              No restriction        No limit

Champlain,                           fishing and            season

not

to                                     bow with line

include                                   attached

to

tributaries                              arrow

 

Lake                                       Spearing                March

25              No restriction        No limit

Champlain,                                                           through May

not

to                                                                     25,

Title 10

include                                                                   VSA (4606e)

tributaries

 

 

10.5.12 NORTHERN PIKE

 

1.

Waters                               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

General                                  Angling,

ice           No

closed              Minimum length  5 Fish

Waters                                   fishing                    Season                   of

20 inches

(except

as

listed

below)

 

Lake

Champlain                 Angling,

ice           No

closed              Minimum length  5 Fish

                                fishing                    season                    of

20 inches

 

                                Shooting

and        March

25              Minimum length  5 Fish

                                spearing                 through

May        of

20 inches

                                                                25, 10 VSA

                                                                (4606)

 

10.5.14 CHAIN AND REDFIN PICKEREL

 

1.

Waters                               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

General                                  Angling,

ice           No

closed              No restriction        No Limit

Waters                                   fishing                    Season

(except

as

listed

below)

Lake

Champlain                 Angling ice            No

Closed             No restriction        10 fish

                                fishing,                   Season

 

                                Shooting

and        March

25              No restriction        10 Fish

                                spearing                 through

May 25

 

 

10.5.15 MUSKELLUNGE

 

1.

Waters                               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

General                                  Angling,

ice           No

closed               All                          Zero

- All

Waters                                   fishing;

Catch       season                    muskellunge         muskellunge

(except

as                              and

release                                            must be                   must be

listed

below)                          with                                                         released      

          immediately

                                                artificial                                                                                 released

                                lures

and

                                flies

only

Lake

Champlain                 Angling,

ice           No

closed              All                           Zero - All

                                fishing;

Catch       season                    muskellunge         muskellunge

                                and

release           must be                   must be

                                with                      released                     immediately

                                artificial                                                 released

                                lures

and

                                flies

only

 

                                Shooting

and        March

25                                              Zero Fish

                                spearing                 through

May

                                                                25, 10 VSA

                                                                4606(e)

 

Missisquoi                             Any

fish taken     No open season  Any fish taken 

   Zero - All

River

from                            must

be                                  must be                  muskellunge

Swanton

Dam                      iimmediately                                        immediately         taken

must be

in

the Village                         released                                 released       

         immediately

of

Swanton                                                   

                                                                       released

upstream

to

the

Highgate

Falls

Dam

 

10.5.16 SMELT

 

1.

Waters                               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

All

waters                              Angling, ice           No

closed              No restriction        No Limit

                               fishing                    season

 

 

10.5.17 BLACK AND WHITE CRAPPIE

 

1.

Waters                               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

All

Waters                             Angling, ice           No

closed              Minimum length  25 fish,

                                fishing                    Season                   of

8 Inches            Combined

 

 

10.5.18 YELLOW PERCH

 

1.

Waters                               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

General                                  Angling

and          No

closed              No restriction        50 fish

Waters                                   ice

fishing              Season

(except

as

listed

below)

Lake

Champlain                 Angling and          No

closed              No restriction        No Limit

                                ice

fishing              Season

 

Businesses

may buy lawfully taken fish, with the approval of the Commissioner, pursuant to

guidelines of the Board. Fish species are restricted to species not protected

by 10 V.S.A. § 4611.

10.5.19 LARGEMOUTH AND SMALLMOUTH

BASS

 

1.

Waters                               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

General                                  Angling                  No

closed              No restriction        5 fish

Waters                                                                   season

(except

as

listed

below)

 

Lakes,

Ponds                        Angling  (Ice         Second                   Minimum

length  5 Fish

and

reservoirs                       fishing -

see           Saturday

in           of

10 inches

                                special                    June

through

                                provisions)            Nov.

30th

 

Lakes,

Ponds                        Angling:

Catch    Second                    All

bass must        Zero - All

and

reservoirs                       and

release with   Saturday in           be

released            bass must be

(seasonally                            artificial

lures        April through                  

                     immediately

closed)                                   and

flies                 the Friday                                              released

                                only                        before the

                                                                Second

                                                                Saturday in

                                                                June, both

                                                                dates

                                                                inclusive.

Lake,

Ponds

and

reservoirs

(not

seasonally

closed)                                   Angling:

Catch     Dec. 1                     All bass must        Zero

– All

                                                and

release            through                  be released            bass must be

                                                with

artificial        the Friday                                              immediately                                         lures

and flies                before the                                              released

                                                only                        Second

                                                                                Saturday

in

                                                                                June,

both dates

                                                                                Inclusive

               

Seasonally,                           Angling                  Only

when such  No restrictions      5 Fish

Closed

Waters                                                      rivers and

-

streams                                                                streams

are

                                                                open to trout

                                                                fishing

                                                                                except

as

                                                                                prohibited

by

                                                                                Section

9.2

 

Lake

Morey,                         Angling (Ice 

        Second                   Largemouth          5

Fish

Fairlee                                    fishing

-  see 

        Saturday in           bass

- Minimum

                                special                    June

through         length of 14

                                provisions)            Nov.

30                  inches

 

 

 

 

 

Lake

Morey,                         Angling:

Catch     Dec. 1                     All bass must        Zero

– All

Fairlee                                    and release            through                  be released            bass

must be

                                                with

artificial        the Friday                                              immediately                                         lures

and flies                before the                                              released

                                                only                        Second

                                                                                Saturday

in

                                                                                June,

both dates

                                                                                Inclusive

 

Kent

Pond,                            Angling        

         Second                   Largemouth          10

fish, only

Killington                                                               Saturday in           Bass:                      1

fish greater

and

Baker                                                             June

through         protected               than 12

Pond,                                                                      Nov.

30                   slot: 10-12            inches

Brookfield                                                                                             inches

(all

                                                                                                fish

between

                                                                                                10

& 12 inches

                                                                                                must

be

                                                                                                released)

 

 

Kent

Pond,                            Angling                 

Dec. 1                    All bass must        Zero – All

Killington                               and release            through                  be released            bass

must be and Baker                                     with artificial the Friday                                              immediately



Pond,                                      lures and

flies      before the                                              released

Brookfield                          only                           Second

                                                                                Saturday

in

                                                                                June,

both dates

                                                                                Inclusive

 

10.5.20 WALLEYE and SAUGER

 

1.

Waters                               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

 

General                                  Angling,

ice           First

Saturday       Minimum length  3 Fish

Waters                                   fishing

                   in

May through    of 18 inches

and

Lake                                                               March

15

Champlain

(except

as

listed

below)

 

Lake

Carmi,                         Angling, ice   

       First Saturday       Minimum

length  5 fish,

Franklin                                 fishing                    In

May through  of 15 inches          provided only

                                                                March 15              Protected               1

is over 19

                                                                                                lengths

- 17           inches

                                                                                                to

19 inches

                                                                                                (all

fish

                                                                                                between

17 &

                                                                                                19

inches must

                                                                                                 be released)

 

Chittenden                            Angling,

ice           June

1 through     Minimum length  2 fish

Reservoir,                              fishing                    March

15              of 22 inches

Chittenden

11. Spawning

grounds for game fish - Generally

11.5 The below

listed waters are declared spawning grounds for game fish and are hereby closed

to the taking of fish from second Saturday in April through May 31 annually.

Chittenden

County

Joiner Brook,

Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River

            upstream approximately 1,900 feet to

the first falls.

Pinneo Brook,

Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River

 upstream approximately 100 feet to the

railroad crossing.

Preston Brook,

Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River

            upstream approximately 2,600 feet to

the first falls.

Orleans County

Black River -

From 600 feet below the falls at Old Harman Mill in

 Coventry upstream to the top of falls at Old

Harman Mill in

Coventry.

Ware Brook -

From the downstream edge of  the furthest

downstream

            bridge/culvert  on 

Back Coventry Road (TH #8 in Irasburg)

            upstream approximately one mile to

top of the first major

            natural  falls on Ware Brook.

Alder (Stony)

Brook - From its confluence with the Black River

            upstream 3 1/2 miles to the outlet

of Sargent Pond, in Coventry.

Willoughby River

- From the confluence of the Brownington Branch of

            the Willoughby River in Brownington

upstream to the

            downstream edge of the bridge on

Vermont Route 58 in the

            village of Evansville (Brownington);

and from the downstream

            edge of bridge on the Tarbox Hill

Road in Orleans Village

            upstream to the top of the natural

falls upstream of the bridge on

            Tarbox Hill Road  in Orleans Village.

Dorin, Wells,

Myers, Schoolhouse and Mill Brooks - From mouth of

            brooks at Lake Willoughby upstream

approximately 3/4 mile in

            Dorin Brook, all of Wells Brook, 1/2

mile in Myers Brook, 1/4

            mile in the Schoolhouse Brook and

1/4 mile in Mill Brook and

            tributaries, all in Westmore. For

identification purpose these

            brooks are arranged in order from

north to south, and flow

            through Vermont Agency of

Transportation structures on Route

            5A number 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6,

respectively.

Brownington

Branch of the Willoughby River in Brownington - From

            its confluence at the Willoughby

River extending upstream to

            the second road crossing on

Brownington Chilafoux Road (TH

            #15). Said crossing is located

approximately 2.4 miles from

            Brownington Center on Chilafoux Road

(TH #15).

Country Club

Brook - From its confluence with the Willoughby River

            extending upstream to Hollow Road

(TH #14) in Barton.

Porter Brook,

Greensboro - From Caspian Lake upstream to its

            headwaters. (1987, Fish and Wildlife

Commissioner's Reg. No.

            970, eff. April 1, 1987.)

Johns River -

From the downstream edge of the bridge on Beebe Road

            (TH #3) upstream approximately two

tenths of a mile to the

            downstream edge of bridge on Elm

Street (TH #2) in Derby.

Outlet Brook -

From the highway bridge near Echo Lake in Charleston

            upstream to the top of dam at outlet

of Seymour Lake.

Washington County

Chase Brook -

From its confluence with the Dog River upstream

            approximately 1/2 mile to the top of

the natural falls in Berlin.

Ridley Brook,

Duxbury - From the confluence of the Winooski River

            upstream approximately 1,700 feet to

the first falls.

Windsor County

Lilliesville

Brook in the Town of Stockbridge from its confluence with

            the White River upstream to the 2nd

bridge on the Lilliesville

            Brook Road.

Locust Creek in

Bethel from its confluence with the White River

            upstream to the 2nd bridge on Rt.

12.

11.6 The below

named waters are closed from March 16 through May 31:

Chittenden

County

Lamoille River -

From the downstream edge of the bridge on Bear Trap

            Road in Milton (referred to as the

West Milton Bridge upstream

            to the top of first dam (Peterson

Dam)) in Milton.

Winooski River

-From the Winooski One Hydro dam west of Main

            Street (US 7) in  Winooski and Burlington and extending

            downstream to the downstream side of

the first railroad bridge.

Franklin County

Missisquoi River

- From the top of the Swanton dam in the Village of

            Swanton downstream approximately 850

feet to the water

            treatment plant on the west side of

the river, and downstream

            approximately 850 feet to the

upstream end of the cement

            breakwater on the east side of the

river. (1988, Fish and

            Wildlife Board Reg. No. 975, eff.

April 7, 1988.)

11.7 The below

named waters are closed from March 16 to the Friday before the 1st Saturday in

May, both dates inclusive:

Franklin County

Missisquoi River

- From the top of the Swanton Dam in the Village of

            Swanton extending downstream 5,120

feet to the Northwest

            corner (downstream) of the Riverside

Cemetery and across the

            river to a pole on the Northeast

bank.

11.8 The below

named waters are closed from second Saturday in April through May 10:

Orleans County

Clyde River -

From the downstream edge of the bridge on Lower Clyde

            Street in Newport City upstream to

the top of the abandoned

            Mill Dam immediately upstream of the

Number 1,2,3

            hydroelectric powerhouse, in Newport

City.

11.9 The below

named waters are closed from October 1 through October 31:

Orleans County

Johns River -

From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert)

            upstream of Lake Memphremagog on

North Derby Road  (TH

            #6) upstream to U.S. 5, in Derby.

 

(Added 1961, No. 119, § 2, eff. May 9,

1961; amended 1963, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. Aug. 23, 1963; 1966,

Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. Jan. 1, 1967; 1968, Fish and Game Board

Reg. No. -, eff. Jan. 1, 1969; 1971, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 840, eff.

March 19, 1971; 1971, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. June 21, 1971; 1973,

Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 866, eff. Jan. 20, 1973; 1974, Fish and Game Board

Reg. No. 892, eff. Dec. 26, 1974; 1975, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 895, eff.

Jan. 1, 1976; 1976, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 899, eff. Jan. 1, 1977; 1977,

Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 904, § 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1978; 1977, No. 245 (Adj.

Sess.), § 1, eff. Apr. 17, 1978; 1978, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 906, eff.

Oct. 21, 1978; 1979, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 913, eff. Nov. 21, 1979;

1980, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 915, eff. June 30, 1980; 1980, Fish and Game

Board Reg. No. 926, §§ 1-7, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg.

No. 936, §§ 1, 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1983; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 942,

eff. June 9, 1983; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 946, eff. Oct. 17, 1983;

1984, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 950, eff. Sept. 17, 1984; 1984, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. No. 951, eff. Sept. 17, 1984; 1985, No. 953, eff. Jan. 1,

1985; 1985, No. 49; 1986, No. 962, eff. June 6, 1986; 1987, Fish and Wildlife

Board Reg. No. 971, eff. Sept. 17, 1987; 1990, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No.

980, eff. Feb. 23, 1990; 1991, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 982, eff. Jan.

5, 1991; 1991, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 990, eff. Sept. 1991; 1993,

Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 998, eff. March 23, 1993; 1995, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Jan. 2, 1996; 1997, Fish and Wildlife Board

Reg. No. 1003, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; 1999, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003,

eff. March 13, 1999; 2000 Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Oct. 7,

2000; 2003, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Dec. 6, 2002; 2004,

Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. June 4, 2004; 2005, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. July 21, 2005; 2005A, Fish and Wildlife

Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. March 31, 2006; 2007, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg.

No. 1003, eff. Sept. 1, 2006; 2008, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff.

January 1, 2009; 2010 Fish and Wildlife Reg. effective January 1, 2011; 2013

Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. January 1, 2014.)

 




[effective January 1, 2016]

[Section 122 effective January 1, 2016;

see also section 122 effective until January 1, 2016 set out above.]

§

122. Fish Management Regulation

 1.0 Authority

This rule is

adopted pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4081(b). In adopting this rule, the Fish and

Wildlife Board is following the policy established by the General Assembly that

the protection, propagation, control, management, and conservation of fish,

wildlife and fur-bearing animals in this state is in the interest of the public

welfare and that the safeguarding of this valuable resource for the people of

the state requires a constant and continual vigilance.

In accordance

with 10 V.S.A. § 4082, this rule is designed to maintain the best health,

population and utilization levels of Vermont's fisheries.

In accordance

with 10 V.S.A. § 4083, this rule establishes open seasons; establishes daily,

season, possession limits and size limits; prescribes the manner and means of

taking fish; and prescribes the manner of transportation and exportation of

fish.

 2.0 Purpose

It is the policy

of the state that the protection, propagation control, management and

conservation of fish, wildlife, and fur-bearing animals in this state is in the

interest of the public welfare, and that safeguarding of this valuable resource

for the people of the state requires a constant and continual vigilance.

 3.0 Angling, legal methods of taking fish

3.1 Definitions

3.1.1 Baited

Hook - A single shank hook with 1, 2, or 3 points which may be baited with

natural or artificial bait or both.

3.1.2 Lure - A

man-made device designed to catch only 1 fish at a time, to include a spoon,

plug, spinner, bait harness, tandem hook streamer or lead head jig.

3.1.3 Fly - A

single pointed hook dressed with feathers, hair, thread, tinsel, or any similar

material wound on or about the hook to which no hooks, spinners, spoons, or

similar devices have been added.

3.1.4 Immediate

Control - Such constant control as would enable the angler to respond forthwith

to a fish taking their bait, lure or fly promptly and without any delay.

3.2 Whether

still fishing, casting, or trolling in Vermont waters, a person may take fish

only by using not more than two lines over which he or she has immediate

control and to each of which lines is attached not more than two baited hooks,

or more than three artificial flies, or more than two lures with or without

bait, except that at Seymour Lake and Little Averill Lake a person may take

fish only by using not more than one line.

3.3 A person

fishing by angling shall not take fish through the ice, from the ice, or from

an object supported by the ice.

3.4 A person

shall not take any fish pursuant to subsection (3.2) unless it is hooked in the

mouth. Any fish taken under subsection (3.2) that is not hooked in the mouth

shall be immediately released pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4602. A fish hooked in

any part of the body other than in the mouth shall be considered to be foul

hooked, and shall be prima facie evidence of foul hooking.

 4.0 Ice Fishing

4.1 Definitions

4.1.1 Ice

Fishing - Ice fishing is defined as fishing by means of hook and line in hand

or attached to a rod, tip-up, jack or bob, where the angler is fishing through

a hole in the ice, from the ice or on an object supported by the ice. Fishing

by casting or trolling baited hooks, artificial flies or lures shall not be

considered ice fishing.

4.2 Fish may be

taken through the ice with not more than two baited hooks or three artificial

flies or two lures on each line. A person shall not operate more than eight

lines, except on Lake Champlain where no more than 15 lines may be operated,

and except on Seymour and Little Averill Lakes, where not more than four lines

may be operated.

4.3 A person so

fishing shall have at all times immediate control over the lines while in

operation.

4.4 A person

shall not take any fish pursuant to subsection (4.2) unless it is hooked in the

mouth. Any fish taken under subsection (4.2) that is not hooked in the mouth

shall be immediately released pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4602. A fish hooked in

any part of the body other than in the mouth shall be considered to be foul

hooked, and shall be prima facie evidence of foul hooking.

4.5 The

definitions of section 3 are applicable to this section.

 5.0 The taking, possessing, transporting, use

and selling of baitfish

 5.1 Purpose

5.1.1 This rule

applies to fish used as bait. This rule shall apply to all persons who take,

possess, transport, use, or deal with baitfish.

5.1.2 The

purpose of this paragraph is to: a) protect the fish, and fisheries in the

state, b) ensure the conservation of the fish and fisheries in the state, c)

maintain the best health of species of the state, d) prevent the introduction

or spread of a disease or parasite harmful to humans and wild species, and e)

prevent the escape or release of non-native species or species injurious to or

competitive with natural ecological systems and processes.

 5.2

Definitions

5.2.1

"Application" means a specific form provided by the Fish and Wildlife

Department.

5.2.2

"Baitbox" means a receptacle used for holding or keeping baitfish

alive for personal use. A legal baitbox shall not exceed 25 cubic feet in

volume.

5.2.3

"Baitfish" means fish species and parts thereof, living or dead, used

for the purpose of attracting and catching fish.

5.2.4

"Commercial Dealing, dealing, or deal" means to sell as defined in 10

V.S.A. § 4001, subsection (22).

5.2.5 "Fish

Hatchery" refers to any fish culture station, hatchery, or artificial

rearing pond which grows or maintains baitfish for sale in Vermont.

5.2.6

"Permit" is a document from the Commissioner granting a Commercial

Bait Dealers Permit.

5.2.7

"Waterbody" means any lake, pond, river, or stream including all

tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable to upstream fish movement.

5.2.8

"Commercially Preserved Baitfish" means baitfish which are chemically

treated in a manner approved by the Department, and then packaged for retail

sale.

5.2.9 Personal

Baitfish Harvest" means baitfish taken for noncommercial use.

 5.3

Personal Baitfish Harvest

5.3.1 Personally

harvested baitfish may be used only on the same waterbody from which they were

collected.

5.3.2 A person

may harvest for baitfish only those fish species listed under paragraphs 5.6.1,

5.6.2 and 5.6.3.

5.3.3 It is

unlawful to take baitfish for personal use other than by the following methods:

a) minnow traps no longer than eighteen inches with an entrance for fish not

exceeding one inch in diameter, b) dip nets, cast nets, and umbrella nets not

exceeding a total of 51 square feet of mesh, or a seine net not exceeding 25

feet in length, c) angling by hook and line.

5.3.4 The

personal harvest of baitfish is unlawful in Seasonally Closed Waters as listed

in Section 9.0 of this regulation, except during the open season for trout, and

is prohibited in streams as specified in Section 9.2. Baitfish harvest shall be

conducted only by angling/ice fishing or the use of minnow traps no longer than

eighteen inches with an entrance for fish not exceeding one inch in diameter.

5.3.5 All traps,

nets, baitboxes or other holding receptacles capable of taking, holding or

keeping live baitfish in public waters must be marked with the name and address

of the owner and user.

5.3.6 Personally

harvested baitfish shall not be transported by motorized vehicle away from the

waterbody from which they were collected.

5.3.7 Baitfish

may be held on the water in a pen or baitbox as defined in paragraph 5.2.2.

5.3.8 Personally

harvested baitfish may be collected from a waterbody's tributaries upstream to

the first impassable barrier for use on such waterbody. Personally harvested

baitfish shall not be transported upstream beyond the first impassable barrier.

5.3.9 The

personal harvest of baitfish is prohibited on any waterbody of the state that

is defined as closed to baitfish harvest. The Department will maintain and make

available a list of closed waters.

5.3.10 Fish eggs

may be collected from legally harvested fish from Vermont waters, and used

immediately as bait on the same water where taken unless that waterbody has

been closed to baitfish collection. It is illegal to move personally harvested

fish eggs to any other waterbody. It is illegal to transport fish eggs away

from and return them to the same waterbody for use as bait unless they have

been processed in a manner approved by the Department as described on the

Department website.

 5.4

Commercially Purchased Baitfish

5.4.1 It is

unlawful to import baitfish into the State of Vermont without a Fish

Importation Permit, except as provided for in paragraphs 5.4.7 and 5.4.8.

5.4.2 A person

purchasing baitfish shall retain and show upon request a transportation receipt

issued by a state-approved commercial bait dealer, authorizing transportation

of baitfish overland by motorized vehicle. The receipt shall contain the

following information: 1) A unique receipt identification number, 2) The name

and telephone number of the bait dealer, 3) time and date of sale, 4) species

purchased, 5) quantity purchased, 6) waterbody (limited to one) on which the

baitfish will be used, 7) signature of purchaser.

5.4.3 A

transportation receipt shall be valid for 96 hours from time and date of sale.

5.4.4 A person

may transport unused commercially purchased baitfish away from waters of the

state by motorized vehicle, and retain for later use on the same waterbody as

indicated on the baitfish transportation receipt, within 96 hours from time and

date of sale.

5.4.5 A person

transporting unused commercially purchased baitfish away from the waterbody

indicated on the baitfish transportation receipt for later use on said

waterbody shall not hold them in any other water of the state. These baitfish

must be kept in a closed container isolated from any inflow of lake, pond or

stream water, or outflow to such waters of the state.

5.4.6 Baitfish

may be held beyond the 96 hour period on the water in a pen or baitbox as per

paragraph 5.2.2.

5.4.7 A person

may purchase baitfish from a New York baitshop for use on Lake Champlain only,

provided the baitshop is Vermont-licensed, and the baitfish are accompanied by

a Vermont-issued baitfish transportation receipt.

5.4.8 A person

may purchase baitfish from a New Hampshire baitshop for use on the Connecticut

River and its setbacks only, provided the baitshop is Vermont-licensed, and the

baitfish are accompanied by a Vermont-issued baitfish transportation receipt.

For the purposes of this paragraph, the Connecticut River is defined as all

waters of the river including the bays, setbacks, and tributaries, only to the

first highway bridge crossing said tributaries on the Vermont side.

5.4.9

Commercially prepared and preserved baitfish and fish eggs available from

retail stores may be purchased and used as bait, and may be taken home and kept

for later use, provided they are retained in the original packaging at all

times.

 5.5

Commercial Bait Dealers

5.5.1 Any person

who buys bait for resale or sells baitfish is required to obtain a Commercial

Bait Dealers Permit from the Commissioner. Only persons operating a place of

business and offering baitfish for sale to the public may apply for and hold a

Commercial Bait Dealers permit.

5.5.2 Commercial

Bait Dealers may sell as bait only those species of fish listed under section

5.6.1. Commercial Bait Dealers may also sell rainbow smelt as bait, provided they

are obtained from a fish hatchery approved by the Commissioner as per paragraph

5.5.4 and its subsections below, or harvested by angling/ice fishing and sold

for use on the same waterbody on which the Bait Dealer is located as per

paragraph 5.5.5 and its subsections below.

5.5.3 Commercial

Bait Dealers must declare in their permit application if they will be a

Statewide baitfish dealer, or a Waterbody-Specific baitfish dealer.

5.5.4 Statewide

baitfish dealers are prohibited from possessing, buying or selling wild-caught

baitfish.

5.5.4.1 Baitfish

sold by Statewide baitfish dealers must originate from a fish hatchery approved

by the Commissioner.

5.5.4.2

Statewide baitfish dealers must hold or keep baitfish in waters drawn from a

secure well or municipal water source, or other water source as approved by the

Fish and Wildlife Department.

5.5.4.3 Baitfish

sold by Statewide baitfish dealers may be used in waters throughout the state,

except those waters as described in Section 6.0 of this regulation.

5.5.5 Waterbody-specific

baitfish dealers must declare on their permit application the waterbody on

which they are located.

5.5.5.1

Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers may harvest wild baitfish only from the

declared waterbody, and offer them for sale and use only on the declared

waterbody.

5.5.5.2

Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers must have baitfish holding facilities that

discharge directly to their declared waterbody. Holding facilities must not

discharge to other waters of the state.

5.5.5.3

Waterbody-specific baitfish dealers shall not operate dip nets, cast nets, or

umbrella nets exceeding 51 square feet of mesh, or a seine net exceeding 125

feet in length, for the purposes of taking fish for bait, unless otherwise

provided for on a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit. Baitfish netting is

prohibited in all Seasonally Closed Waters as listed in Section 9.0 of this

regulation, unless otherwise provided for on a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit.

5.5.5.4 All

traps, nets, baitboxes or other holding receptacles capable of taking, holding

or keeping live baitfish in public waters must be marked with the name and

address of the owner and user.

5.5.5.5 The

commercial harvest of baitfish is prohibited on any waterbody of the state that

is defined as closed to baitfish harvest. The Department will maintain and make

available a list of closed waters.

5.5.6 A

Commercial Bait Dealer shall provide to each customer at the point of sale a

copy of a transportation receipt containing the following information: 1) A

unique receipt identification number, 2) The name and telephone number of the

bait dealer, 3) time and date of sale, 4) species purchased, 5) quantity

purchased, 6) waterbody (limited to one) on which the baitfish will be used, 7)

signature of purchaser.

5.5.7 A

transportation receipt shall be valid for 96 hours from time and date of sale.

5.5.8 Receipt

books shall be provided to Commercial Bait Dealers by the Department.

5.5.9 Any holder

of a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit shall maintain receipts or records for each

lot of wholesaled hatchery-raised or wild-caught baitfish introduced into their

shop. The receipts or records shall include: name, address and telephone number

of seller (for wholesaled baitfish), and date received, species identification,

and quantity purchased or harvested, for wholesaled and wild-caught baitfish.

The permit holder shall retain the receipts and records for at least one year

after the date of sale or harvest. Receipts or records must be provided to the

Department immediately upon request.

 5.6

Approved Species of Fish for use as Bait

5.6.1

Banded killifish

Fundulus diaphanus

Blacknose dace

Rhinichthys atratulus

Bluntnose minnow

Pimephales notatus

Common shiner

Luxilus cornutus

Creek chub

Semotilus atromaculatus

Eastern silvery

minnow Hybognathus regius

Emerald shiner

Notropis atherinoides

Fallfish

Semotilus corporalis

Fathead minnow

Pimephales promelas

Golden shiner

Notemigonus crysoleucas

Longnose dace

Rhinichthys cataractae

Longnose sucker

Catostomus catostomus

Mimic shiner

Notropis volucellus

Northern

redbelly dace Phoxinus eos

Spottail shiner

Notropis hudsonius

White sucker

Catostomus commersoni

5.6.2 The

following additional fish species, or parts thereof, may be taken only by

angling/ice fishing and used for bait only in those waters where taken and

shall not be transported alive from those waters; only Rainbow smelt may be

commercially sold as bait:

Bluegill Lepomis

macrochirus

Pumpkinseed

Lepomis gibbosus

Rainbow smelt

Osmerus mordax

Rock bass

Ambloplites rupestris

Yellow perch

Perca flavescens

5.6.3 Lake

Champlain - In addition to 5.6.2, the following fish species, or parts thereof,

may be taken only by angling/ice fishing in Lake Champlain and used as bait in

Lake Champlain, as described in Section 7.0 of this regulation, and may not be

commercially harvested or sold as bait; Alewife may only be used/possessed if

dead:

Alewife Alosa

pseudoharengus

White perch

Morone americana

5.6.4 All other

species of fish are prohibited for use as bait.

 5.7

Commercial Bait Dealer Application Process

5.7.1 A party

who wishes to obtain a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit shall apply to the

Commissioner in writing on a form provided by the Department. The Department

may require the applicant to submit such additional information as is necessary

to determine that the permitted activities comply with the purposes of this

rule, including but not limited to fish health testing, and the impact to

Vermont's fish and fisheries.

5.7.2 If the

application is deficient, the Department shall inform the applicant of the

deficiencies and return the application within 30 days of receipt, along with

any associated fee, to the applicant for revision and re-submission.

5.7.3 If the

application is denied, the Commissioner shall, within 30 days of receipt of

application, send the applicant a written denial providing the reasons for the

denied.

 5.8

Permit Compliance

5.8.1 The

Permittee shall make the permit available upon request by an agent of the

Department. Premises and equipment used by persons to take, store, or deal in

baitfish shall be accessible for inspection by the Commissioner and his or her

agents. Samples for species determination or disease examination shall be made

available immediately upon request.

5.8.2 Permittees

shall provide the Department with additional information as requested on an

annual basis or prior to the re-issuance of a new permit.

 5.9

Permit Revocation

5.9.1 The

Commissioner may revoke any permit issued in order to protect regulated

species: for any violation of a permit; failure to comply with this rule;

violation of any part of 10 V.S.A. Appendix; violation of the provisions of

Part 4, Title 10, Vermont Statutes Annotated; if the Commissioner determines it

is in the best interest of the fish or fisheries of Vermont.

5.9.2 Prior to

permit revocation, the Commissioner shall provide a proceeding consistent with

3 V.S.A. § 814(c).

5.9.3 Appeals of

the decisions of the Commissioner are subject to the Vermont Rules of Civil

Procedure.

 6.0

Use of fish as bait

The use of fish

in any form whether alive or dead for bait in fishing is prohibited in:

Adams Reservoir,

Woodford;

Beaver Pond,

Holland;

Beebe Pond,

Sunderland;

Big Mud Pond,

Mt. Tabor;

Blake Pond,

Sutton;

Bourn Pond,

Sunderland;

Branch Pond,

Sunderland;

Cow Mountain

Pond, Granby;

Griffith Lake,

Mt. Tabor;

Jobs Pond,

Westmore;

Lewis Pond,

Lewis;

Little Rock

Pond, Wallingford;

Martins Pond,

Peacham;

McIntosh Pond,

Royalton;

North Pond,

Chittenden;

Notch Pond,

Ferdinand;

Red Mill Pond,

Woodford;

Sterling Pond,

Cambridge;

South America

Pond, Ferdinand;

Stratton Pond,

Stratton;

Unknown Pond,

Averys Gore;

Unknown Pond,

Ferdinand

and any ponds as may be created or

reclaimed by the Fish and Wildlife Department. This regulation shall be posted

at all waters affected.

 7.0 Lake Champlain Boundaries

Lake Champlain

proper shall be considered to include the setback at the same level and the

major tributaries to the lake to the following boundaries:

Dead Creek to

Panton Road bridge in Panton;

East Creek to

the falls in Orwell (downstream of Mount Independence Road);

Lamoille River

to the top of first dam (Peterson Dam) in Milton;

LaPlatte River

to the falls in Shelburne (under Falls Road bridge);

Lewis Creek to

falls in North Ferrisburgh (just upstream of Old Hollow Road);

Little Otter

Creek to falls in Ferrisburgh Center (downstream of Little Chicago Road);

Malletts Creek

to the first falls upstream of Roosevelt Highway (US 2 and US 7) in Colchester;

Mill River in

Georgia to the falls in Georgia (just upstream of Georgia Shore Road bridge);

Missisquoi River

to the top of Swanton Dam in the Village of Swanton;

Mud Creek to the

dam in Alburg (just upstream of Route 78 bridge);

Otter Creek to

the top of the dam in the city of Vergennes;

Poultney River

to Central Vermont Power Dam at Carver Falls in West Haven;

Rock River to

first Canadian border crossing;

Winooski River

to the Winooski One hydropower dam west of Main Street (US 7) in Winooski and

Burlington;

 8.0

Clyde River: Catch and Release

Between October

1 and October 31, on the Clyde River (Newport City, Orleans County) from the

downstream edge of the arch bridge at Gardner Park entrance upstream to the top

of the abandoned mill dam located immediately upstream of the Newport 1, 2, 3

hydroelectric powerhouse, fishing may be done with artificial flies and lures

only, and all salmon caught must be released.

 9.0 Seasonally Closed Waters

9.1 The

following lakes and ponds or portions thereof are hereby designated Seasonally

Closed Waters and shall be closed to all fishing except during the open season

for trout as provided in section 10 of these regulations:

Adams Reservoir,

Woodford

Ansel Pond,

Bethel

Baker Pond,

Barton

Bald Hill Pond,

Westmore

Bean Pond,

Sutton

Beaver Pond,

Holland

Beck Pond,

Newark

Beebe Pond,

Sunderland

Big Averill

Lake, Norton and Averill

Big Mud Pond,

Mt. Tabor

Blake Pond,

Sutton

Bourn Pond,

Sunderland

Branch Pond, Sunderland

Brown Pond,

Westmore

Caspian Lake,

Greensboro

Center Pond,

Newark

Colby Pond,

Plymouth

Cow Mountain

Pond, Granby

Crystal Lake,

Barton

Duck Pond,

Sutton

Dufresne Pond,

Manchester

East Long Pond,

Woodbury

Echo Lake,

Charleston

Ewell Pond,

Peacham

Forest Lake,

Averill

Goshen Dam

(Sugar Hill Reservoir), Goshen

Griffith Lake,

Mt. Tabor

Hapgood Pond,

Peru

Hartwell Pond,

Albany

Holland Pond,

Holland

Jobs Pond,

Westmore

Knapp Brook Pond

No. 1, Reading and Cavendish

Knapp Brook Pond

No. 2, Reading and Cavendish

Lake

Dunmore-Salisbury and Leicester - Except from Sucker Brook to the island south,

which shall be open.

Levi Pond,

Groton

Lewis Pond,

Lewis

Little Averill

Lake, Averill

Little Elmore

Pond, Elmore

Little Rocky

Pond, Wallingford

Long Pond, Newbury

Long Pond,

Westmore

Maidstone Lake,

Maidstone

Marl Pond,

Sutton

Martins Pond,

Peacham

May Pond, Barton

McIntosh Pond,

Royalton

Mud Pond, Hyde

Park

Nelson Pond

(Forest Lake), Calais and Woodbury

Nichols Pond,

Woodbury

North Pond,

Chittenden

Norton Pond,

Norton

Notch Pond,

Ferdinand

Noyes (Seyon)

Pond, Groton

Peacham Pond,

Peacham

Perch Pond,

(Zack Woods Pond), Hyde Park

Pigeon Pond,

Groton

Red Mill Pond,

Woodford

Seymour Lake,

Morgan

Shadow Lake,

Glover

Silver Lake,

Leicester

South America

Pond, Ferdinand

South Pond,

Marlboro

Spring Lake,

Shrewsbury

Stannard Pond,

Stannard

Sterling Pond,

Cambridge

Stoughton Pond,

Weathersfield

Stratton Pond,

Stratton

Sunset Lake,

Benson

Unknown Pond,

Averys Gore

Unknown Pond,

Ferdinand

Vail Pond,

Sutton

Vernon Hatchery

Pond, Vernon

West Mountain

Pond, Maidstone

Wheeler Pond,

Barton and Sutton

Willoughby Lake,

Westmore

Zack Woods,

(Perch Pond), Hyde Park

9.2 All streams

are hereby designated Seasonally Closed Waters and shall be closed to all

fishing except during the open season for trout as provided in section 10 of

these regulations; and

9.2.1 except

that the following streams shall be open to trout fishing only, and no fishing

for other species shall be allowed, from November 1 to the Friday before the

second Saturday in April, as set forth in Table 9.2.2.

9.2.2: STREAMS

OPEN TO FISHING FOR TROUT ONLY NOVEMBER 1 TO THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE SECOND WEEK

IN APRIL

 

 

 

1. Waters      2. Methods         3.

Season           4. Size             5. Daily Bag

                                               Restrictions  

     Limit

Listed              Artificial

fly    November

1 to   Catch and       Zero-All trout

below:             or

lure only      the Friday           release

only    must be

                                                 before the 2nd                          Immediately

                                                Saturday in                                released to

                                                April:                                         the water

    

                                                                                             where

taken:

 

 Black River From the top of the

Lovejoy Dam in Springfield upstream

to the Howard Hill Road Bridge in

Cavendish.

 

 Deerfield River From the Woods

Road (Medburyville) bridge in

Wilmington upstream approximately 2 miles

to the VT Route 9W bridge in

Searsburg.

 

 East Creek (Rutland City) From

the confluence with Otter Creek

upstream (approximately 2.7 miles) to the

top of the Patch Dam in Rutland

City.

 

 Hoosic River From the Vermont ew

York border upstream to the

Vermont/Massachusetts border.

 

 Lamoille River From the top of

the hydroelectric dam at Fairfax Falls

upstream to the top of the Cady's Falls

Dam in Morristown.

 

 Missisquoi River From the top of

the Sheldon Springs Dam in Sheldon

Springs to the top of the Enosburg Falls

Dam in Enosburg Falls.

 

 Moose River From the confluence

with Passumpsic River upstream to the

downstream edge of the Concord Avenue

bridge in St. Johnsbury.

 

 Otter Creek From the top of the

Center Rutland Falls in Rutland

upstream to the Danby-Mt. Tabor Forest

Road Bridge (Forest Road #10) in Mt.

Tabor.

 

 Passumpsic River From the

Connecticut River boundary upstream to the

top of Arnolds Falls Dam in St. Johnsbury.

 

 Walloomsac River From the

Vermont ew York border in Bennington

upstream to the top of the former Vermont

Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of

Murphy Road) in Bennington.

 

  Winooski River From the top of

the Bolton Dam  in Waterbury and

Duxbury upstream to the VT Route 2/100 in

Duxbury and Waterbury.

 

 10.0 Fish - Open Seasons, Size Restrictions

and Daily Bag Limits.

Fish of the

species named or described in the tables set forth below may be taken:

In the waters

specified in column 1, by the method specified in column 2, during the open season

specified in column 3.

Provided they

meet any size restrictions specified in column 4., and only in numbers listed

under daily bag limits specified in column 5., under no circumstances may a

person take in one day, more than the daily bag or weight limit from a listed

body of water. No person may take in aggregate more than the daily State-wide

aggregate limit for any species listed.

Businesses may

buy lawfully taken fish, with the approval of the Commissioner, pursuant to

guidelines of the Board. Fish species are restricted to species not protected

by title 10 V.S.A. § 4611.

10.1 Possession

limits are equal to twice the daily bag limits. Fish species with limit

restrictions may not be possessed in excess of the possession limits at any

time.

10.1.1 No person

shall have live fish in their possession that are transported in a manner which

attempts to keep them alive when leaving waters of the state (10 V.S.A. §  1251(13)), except as follows:

10.1.1.1 the

person has been issued a Commercial Bait Dealers Permit by the Commissioner,

10.1.1.2 the

person has been issued scientific collection permit by the Commissioner which

specifically approves of the activity,

10.1.1.3 the

person has been issued a fish transportation permit by the Commissioner which

specifically approves of the activity,

10.1.1.4 the

person has been issued a fish breeders permit or fish importation permit by the

Commissioner which specifically approves of the activity.

10.2 The daily

bag limit for a fish species on a water body with a closed season for that fish

species is zero.

10.3

"General waters" restrictions are the provisions applicable to all

waters of the state, except the waters specifically named or described.

10.4 Unless

otherwise specifically provided, fish not listed in this regulation may be

taken at any time and without size or catch limit, in waters not listed as

Seasonally Closed Waters in Section 9 of these regulations.

 

10.5 Open Seasons, Size Restrictions and Daily

Bag Limits Tables

 

10.5.1 STATEWIDE AGGREGATE

DAILY BAG LIMITS

(Maximum number of a fish

species that may be taken in one day)

 

FISH

SPECIES                                                    DAILY AGGREGRATE

LIMITS

Brook Trout                                          12 fish

Brown and Rainbow Trout                Maximum

Combination of 6 fish

Lake Trout                                                            2

fish, (3 if taken from Lake Champlain)

Salmon                                                  2 fish

Large and Smallmouth Bass             Maximum

combination of 5 fish

Northern Pike                                       5 fish

Chain

Pickerel                         10 fish

Muskellunge                            0 fish

Walleye                                    3 fish

Black and White Crappie                  25

fish

American Shad                                    0 fish

Yellow Perch                                         50 fish

Yellow Perch exception                      Lake

Champlain - No daily limit

Sauger                                                    0 fish

 

10.5.2 BROOK, BROWN AND

RAINBOW TROUT

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4. Size                    5.

Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions              Limit

 

General                    Angling       

         Second         

No restriction                6 trout

waters.                                                   Saturday in

(except

as                              ``           April through

listed

below)                                        October 31

 

Lake

Champlain Angling, ice    No closed       Minimum length  3 trout

                   fishing            season                           of 12 inches

Rivers

and                Angling           Second           No restriction 

12 trout, of

Streams                                     Saturday in              which not more

                                     April

through           than 6 can be

                                     October

31               brown and/or

                                                              

          rainbow

 

10.5.3 TROPHY TROUT STREAMS

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods      3.

Season                     4. Size                   5.

Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions            Limit

Listed

Below:      Angling         Second                        No restriction 

      2 trout in

                                      Saturday

in                                                    aggregate

                                                       April

through

                                      October 31

 

Black

River along Rt. 131 in Weathersfield and

Cavendish, - from

Downers covered bridge upstream

(approximately 4 miles) to the next bridge

across the river, The Howard Hill Bridge.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Little

River - From the confluence with Winooski River

in Waterbury

upstream to the Route 2 bridge in

Waterbury.

 

 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.

 

 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).

 

 Passumpsic River in the Village

of St. Johnsbury - From the top of

the Gage Dam in St. Johnsbury upstream

(approximately 2.4 miles) to the top

of the Arnold Falls Dam.

 

 Moose River - From the

confluence with the Passumpsic River

upstream (approximately 350 feet) to the

downstream edge of the Concord

Avenue bridge in the Village of St.

Johnsbury.

 

 Walloomsac River in Shaftsbury

and Bennington - From the Vermont ew

York border in Shaftsbury upstream to the

top of the former Vermont Tissue

Plant Dam (downstream of Murphy Road) in

Bennington.

 

 Winooski River in Duxbury and

Waterbury - From the top of the Bolton

Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury upstream to

the Route 2 Bridge (east side of

Waterbury Village).

 

10.5.4 RAINBOW TROUT

(Including STEELHEAD) / BROWN TROUT

 

1. Waters         2.

Methods      3. Season       4. Size               5. Daily Bag

                                                                        Restrictions        Limit

Listed              Angling           Second          Minimum length  2 trout

Below:                                     Saturday in    

of 10 inches

                                                April through

                                                October 31

 Lakes and Ponds

     

Caspian Lake, Greensboro

     

Echo Lake,

Charleston

     

Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and the connecting

waters),

           

Coventry, Derby, Newport City and Newport;

 

Willoughby Lake, Westmore

Rivers and Streams:

     

Orleans County:

         

Barton River -

From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the

downstream side of the US Route 5 bridge southernmost and closest to the

Village of Barton in Barton.

 

 

 

Black River - From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the downstream side of

the VT Route 14 / 58 bridge in Irasburg.

 

  Johns

River - From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert) upstream of Lake

Memphremagog on North Derby Road (TH #6) upstream to U.S. 5, in Derby.

 

Willoughby River - The entire Willoughby

River, from confluence with Barton

River in Barton upstream to the Willoughby

Lake outlet in Westmore.

 

10.5.5 BROOK, BROWN, RAINBOW,

LAKE TROUT AND SALMON — 2 FISH

AGGREGATE LIMITS

 

1.

Waters      2. Methods                     3. Season               4. Size         5. Daily Bag

                                               Restrictions 

         Limit

Listed                     Angling                  Second                   See               Two fish in

below:                                                    Saturday in           regulations     aggregate

                                                April through        for

specific

                                                October

31            bodies

of

                                                                                Waters

 

Big Averill Lake, Norton and Averill

Caspian Lake, Greensboro

Center

Pond, Newark

Crystal Lake, Barton

East Long Pond, Woodbury

Echo Lake,

Charleston

Elligo Lake, Craftsbury and Greensboro

Forest Lake (Nelson

Pond), Calais and Woodbury

Harveys Lake, Barnet

Lake Dunmore, Salisbury

Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and

the connecting waters),

Coventry,     Derby, Newport City and Newport

Little Averill Lake, Averill

Long Pond, Westmore

Maidstone Lake, Maidstone

Nelson Pond (Forest

Lake), Calais and Woodbury

Nichols Pond, Woodbury

Seymour Lake, Morgan

Shadow Lake, Glover

Spring Lake, Shrewsbury

Sunset Lake, Benson

Willoughby Lake, Westmore.

 

10.5.6 STREAMS OPEN TO YEAR

ROUND TROUT FISHING

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                   Restrictions            Limit

The

following       Artificial fly          No closed                Catch and           Zero

- All

portions

of            or

lure only,           season for               release

only         trout

must be

the

specified         except during        catch and                                              immediately

rivers

shall             the

open                release only                           returned to

be

open to             season for                                                                             the  waters

fishing

for              trout.                                                                                      where

taken,

trout  year                                                   

                                                         except

during

round:                                                        

                                                           the

open

(Listed                                                       

                                                            season,

limits

below)                                                      

                                                             apply

in

                                                              

                                                 accordance

                                                              

                                                 with

the river

                                                              

                                                 selected.

                                                 Open

season;    During the

                                                 from the 2nd   

open season

                                                 Saturday in    

follow any

                                                April through   species

                                               October

31      restrictions

                                               for the

                                               selected river

 

 Black River - From the

Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top

of the Lovejoy Dam in Springfield.

 Lamoille River - From the Lake

Champlain boundary (top of Perterson

Dam in Milton) upstream to the top of the

hydroelectric Dam at Fairfax Falls.

 Lewis Creek - From the Lake

Champlain boundary upstream to the State

Prison Hollow Road (TH #3) bridge in Starksboro.

 Missisquoi River - From Lake

Champlain boundary upstream to the top

of the Sheldon Springs Dam in Sheldon

Springs.

 Ompompanoosuc River - From the

Connecticut River boundary upstream to

the Union Village Dam in Thetford.

 Otter Creek - From the Lake

Champlain boundary upstream to top of

Center Rutland Falls in Rutland.

 Waits River - From the

Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top

of the Central Vermont Power Dam in

Bradford.

 West River - From the

Connecticut River boundary upstream to the

Townshend Dam in Townshend.

 White River - From the

Connecticut River boundary upstream to the

bridge on Route 107 in Bethel.

 Williams River - From the

Connecticut River boundary upstream to the

top of the dam at Brockway Mills Falls in

Rockingham.

 Winooski River

- From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the

Bolton Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury.

 

10.5.7 LAKE TROUT AND SALMON

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3.

Season               4. Size                     5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions                Limit

General                     Angling               Second                   Salmon

-                     2

Lake Trout

Waters

(all                                             Saturday in           Minimum

length       or 2 Salmon or

waters

except                                       April through        of

15 inches               1 of each

listed

below)                                          October 31            Lake

Trout -

                                                                                Minimum

length

                                                                                of 18 inches

 

Lake

Champlain   Angling, ice        No

Closed               Lake Trout and          3 Lake Trout

                  Fishing               Season                    Salmon

-                      and 2 Salmon

                                                                                Minimum length

                                                                                of 15 inches

Little                           Angling, with      Angling:                Lake

Trout -                 1 Lake Trout

Averill Lake            not more than       Second          Minimum length                and 1 salmon

and

Seymour            1 line                   Saturday in     of 20 inches                    or 2 Salmon

Lake                                                     April through

                                                                 October 31

               Ice

fishing                     Ice

fishing:              Salmon -

              with not more               third Saturday         Minimum

length

                                than

4 lines                   in January               of 15 inches

                                                                  through

March

                                                                  15

Listed                     Angling                          Second         

          Lake Trout -                2

Lake Trout

Below:                                                           Saturday in              Minimum length   or 2

Salmon or

                                                        April through  

       of 18 inches                1

of each

                                                        October 31

                                                                                                                                Salmon

-

                                                                                                          Minimum length

                                                                                                                                of

17 inches

Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and

the connecting waters), Coventry, Derby, Newport City and Newport, excluding

all waters of the Clyde River Watershed upstream of the hydroelectric dam that

creates West Charleston Pond (Lubber Lake) in West Charleston and excluding

Willoughby Lake and all waters that flow into it.

 

10.5.8 SPECIAL ICE FISHING

PROVISIONS FOR BROOK, BROWN,

RAINBOW, LAKE TROUT, SALMON

AND BASS

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season              4. Size                    5.

Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions            Limit

Listed                     Ice

Fishing             Third Saturday      See species    

See species

below:                                                     in January     

      restriction              restriction

                                                through March     for

individual        for individual

                                                15                           body

of water       body of water

Big Averill Lake, Norton and Averill;

Big Salem Lake, Derby;

Caspian Lake, Greensboro;

Chittenden Dam, Chittenden;

Crystal Lake, Barton;

Echo Lake, Charleston;

Echo Lake, Plymouth;

Eden Lake, Eden;

Elligo Lake, Craftsbury and Greensboro;

Glen Lake, Castleton, Fair Haven, and Benson;

Harriman Reservoir, Whitingham and

Wilmington;

Harveys Lake,

Barnet;

Island Pond, Brighton;

Joes Pond, Cabot, Danville;

Lake Bomoseen, Castleton and Hubbardton;

Lake Dunmore, Leicester, and Salisbury;

Lake Fairlee, Thetford, West Fairlee,

Fairlee;

Lake Hortonia, Sudbury, Hubbardton;

Lake Memphremagog (including South Bay and

the connecting waters),    Coventry,

Derby, Newport City and Newport;

Lake Morey, Fairlee;

Lake Rescue, Ludlow;

Lake St. Catherine, Wells, Poultney;

Little Averill Lake, Averill;

Little Salem Lake, Derby;

Maidstone Lake, Maidstone;

Marshfield Dam (Mollys Falls Reservoir),

Cabot;

Miles Pond, Concord;

Nelson Pond (Forest Lake), Calais and

Woodbury;

Newark Pond, Newark;

Norton Pond, Norton;

Parker Pond, Glover;

Peacham Pond, Peachman;

Pensioner Pond, Charleston;

Seymour Lake, Morgan;

Shadow Lake, Glover;

Somerset Reservoir, Somerset;

Sunset Lake, Benson;

Wallace Pond, Canaan;

Waterbury Reservoir, Waterbury;

Willoughby Lake, Westmore;

Woodbury Lake, (Sabin Pond), Calais and

Woodbury

 

 

10.5.9 SPECIAL REGULATION

TROUTSTREAMS

 

1.

Waters               2. Method              3.

Season               4. Size                                  

5.

Daily Bag

                                                                                     Restrictions                       Limit

Lamoille                Angling,

with             Second                 Minimum length                2 trout

River

-                    artificial                 Saturday

in                 of 16 inches.

From

the                lures

and                April through

downstream          flies

only.               October

31.

edge

of the

railroad

bridge  in

Johnson

upstream

(approximately

 3.7 miles)

to

the

downstream

edge

of the

Ten

Bends

Drive

bridge

in

Hyde Park.

 

White                     Angling,

with         Second                   Minimum

length                  1

trout

River  -                   artificial                 Saturday

in           of

18 inches

From

the                lures

and                April through

confluence            flies

only.               October

31.

with

Lilliesville

Brook

in

Stockbridge

downstream

3.3

miles to

220

ft.

downstream

of

the

confluence

with

Cleveland

Brook

in

Bethel.

 

Mettawee              Angling                  Second                   10

to 14                                 2 trout, only

River

-                                                    Saturday in           inches                                     1

greater than

From

the                                                April through        protected                               14

inches

downstream                                          October 31.  

         slot: (all

edge

of the                                   

                                        trout

10 to 14

Route

153                                                                             inches

must be

bridge

in                                                                                 released)

Pawlet

upstream

(approximately

 16 miles) to

the

downstream

edge

of first

bridge

on

Dorset

Hollow

Road

and

including

tributary:

Flower

Brook

upstream

(approximately

 1000 ft) to

the

downstream

edge

of the

Route

30

bridge

in

Pawlet.

 

Winooski                               Angling                  June

1 through     10 to 16                 2

trout, only

River                                                                      October  inches         

                           1

greater than

Tributaries

-                                                          protected               16

inches

Listed

Below                                                         slot: (all

                                                                                fish

10 to 16

                                                                 inches must be

                                                                released)

 Winooski River Tributaries

 

 Joiner Brook, Bolton  - From the confluence of the Winooski River

upstream approximately 1900 feet to the

first falls.

 

 Pinneo Brook, Bolton - From the

confluence of the Winooski River

upstream approximately 100 feet to the

railroad crossing.

 

 Preston Brook, Bolton -  From the confluence of the Winooski River

upstream approximately 2600 feet to the

first falls.

 

 Ridley Brook, Duxbury - From the

confluence of the Winooski River

upstream approximately 1700 feet to the

first falls.

 

Listed       Angling         Second                          10

to 16        2 trout, only

Below:                           Saturday

in                   inches          1 greater than

                                       April through                 protected       16 inches

                                       October 31                     slot:

(all

                                                                fish 10 to 16

                                                                inches must be

                                                                releases)

 

 Dog River - From the first

bridge on Route 12 above the confluence

with the Winooski River upstream

(approximately 4.3 miles) to the railroad

bridge in West Berlin.

 

 New Haven River - From Munger

Street Bridge in New Haven upstream

(approximately 4.1 miles) to the South

Street bridge in Bristol.

 

 Winooski River - From Preston

Brook mouth upstream (approximately 4.4

miles) to the Ridley Brook mouth.

 

 

Batten                    Angling         Second            All

trout must              Zero, all

Kill -                                              Saturday

in                   be

immediately           trout must be

From

the                                    April through   released.                       immediately

New

York                                  October 31                      released.

State

line

upstream

(approximately

 20.6 miles)

to

downstream

side

of Depot

Street

Bridge

(Route

11/30)

in

Manchester.

 

Listed                     Angling         Second            No

size                   12 trout of

below:                                           Saturday

in                    restriction.             which

not more

                                      April

through                                                 than 6 can be

                                                  September 30                                     brown and/or

                                                              

                                                 rainbow

trout

                                                                                                                in

aggregate.

 

               Angling         October 1,      All

trout must       Zero, all

                                       through         be

immediately    trout must be

                                      October

31                     released.                immediately

                                                              

                                                 released.

 (East

Batten Kill Branch) - In towns of Manchester and Dorset from

the downstream side of Depot Street Bridge

(Route 11/30) in Manchester

upstream (approximately 5.0 miles) to the

downstream side of the US Route 7

Bridge south of East Dorset.

 

 Green River - In the

towns of Arlington and Sandgate from its

confluence with Batten Kill upstream

(approximately 8.5 miles) to the

confluence with Moffitt Hollow Brook in

Beartown.

 

 Roaring

Branch In the towns of Arlington and Sunderland from its

confluence with the Batten Kill upstream

(approximately 3.0 miles) to the

downstream side of the Bridge #14 on

Sunderland TH# 3 in East Kansas.

 

 Warm

Brook - In the town of Arlington from its Confluence with the

Roaring Branch upstream (approximately 0.8

miles) to the base of the

so-called Hale Company Dam in East

Arlington.

 

10.5.10 ANADROMOUS ATLANTIC SALMON

 

 

1.

Waters                2. Method      

3. Season                    4. Size                           5. Daily Bag

                                                                                   Restrictions                        Limit

Connecticut          No

person       No open season          All

fish must                         Zero

- All

River

and              shall

take or                                          be

immediately                    Anadromous

tributaries              attempt

to                                              released       

                        Atlantic

               take

an                                                                                  salmon

must be

               anadromous                                                                         immediately

               Atlantic                                                                                   released

               salmon,

any

               salmon

               unintentionally

                                taken shall

               be

immediately

               released

in

               accordance

               with

section

               4602

 

10.5.11 AMERICAN SHAD

 

1.

Waters          2. Methods        3.

Season          4. Size        

          5. Daily Bag

                                                                      Restrictions             Limit

Connecticut           Angling        

No closed          All

shad must          Zero - All

River,                                              season                be released.             shad must be

including                                                     

                                                    immediately

Vermont

river                                                 

                                                released.

tributaries

 

10.5.12 CARP, BOWFIN, SUCKERS,

MULLET (REDHORSE), GAR

 

1.

Waters                2. Methods           3.

Season                 4. Size                  5.

Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions            Limit

General                  Angling,

ice           No

closed       No restriction               No

limit

Waters                   fishing

and            season

(Except                  bow

with line

seasonally             attached

to an

closed

waters        arrow

and

as listed

below)

 

Lake                       Angling,

ice            No closed      

No restriction               No limit

Champlain,           fishing

and            season

not

to                     bow with line

include                   attached

to

tributaries              arrow

 

Lake                       Spearing                March

25        No restriction              No

limit

Champlain,                                           through May

not

to                                                      25, Title 10

include                                                   VSA 4606(e)

tributaries

 

10.5.13 NORTHERN PIKE

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

General                  Angling,

ice           No

closed              Minimum length  5 Fish

Waters                   fishing                    season                    of

20 inches

(except

as

listed

below)

 

Lake

Champlain Angling, ice    No closed                      Minimum length 

5 Fish

               fishing                    season                    of

20 inches

               Shooting

and         March 25    

         Minimum length 

5 Fish

               spearing                 through

May        of

20 inches

                               25, 10 VSA

                               4606(e)

 

10.5.14 CHAIN AND REDFIN

PICKEREL

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions            Limits

General                  Angling,

ice           No

closed            No restriction          No

Limit

Waters                   fishing                    season

(except

as

listed

below)

 

Lake

Champlain Angling, ice            No closed            No restriction          10

fish

               fishing                    season

                Shooting

and        March

25             No restriction         10

Fish

               spearing                 through

May 25

 

10.5.15 MUSKELLUNGE

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions           Limits

General                  Angling,

ice           No

closed              All                           Zero - All

Waters                   fishing;

Catch       season                    muskellunge         muskellunge

(except

as              and

release                                            must be                  must

be

listed

below)          with                                                        released                 immediately

                                artificial                                                                                 released

               lures

and

               flies

only

Lake

Champlain Angling, ice            No closed              All                           Zero

- All

               fishing;

Catch       season                    muskellunge          muskellunge

               and

release                                            must be                   must be

               with                                                        released                 immediately

               artificial                                                                                 released

               lures

and

               flies

only

               Shooting

and        March

25                                              Zero Fish

               spearing                 through

May

                               25, 10 VSA

                               4606(e)

Missisquoi             Any

fish taken  No open season       Any

fish taken     Zero - All

River

from            must

be                                                   must be        

        muskellunge

Swanton

Dam      immediately                                         immediately    

    taken must be

in

the                      released                                                  released       

        immediately

Village

of                                                 

                                                             released

Swanton

upstream

to

the

Highgate

Falls

Dam

 

10.5.16 SMELT

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                     5. Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

All

waters              Angling, ice           No closed       No restriction               No

limit

               fishing                    season

 

10.5.17 BLACK AND WHITE

CRAPPIE

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                     5. Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions           Limits

All

Waters             Angling, ice           No closed       Minimum length         25

fish,

               fishing                    season                    of

8 inches            Combined

 

10.5.18 YELLOW PERCH

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions           Limits

General                  Angling,

ice           No

closed              No restriction        50 fish

Waters                   fishing                    season

(except

as

listed

below)

Lake

Champlain Angling, ice           No

closed              No restriction        No Limit

               fishing                    season

Businesses

may buy lawfully taken fish, with the approval of the Commissioner, pursuant to

rules of the Board. Fish species are restricted to species not protected by 10

V.S.A. § 4611.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.5.19 LARGEMOUTH AND

SMALLMOUTH BASS

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season               4.

Size                                    5.

Daily Bag

                                                                                Restrictions                           Limit

General                  Angling                  No

closed              No restriction                        5

fish

Waters                                                   season

(except

as

listed

below)

 

Lakes,

Ponds        Angling

(Ice                         Second                   Minimum

length                  5

Fish

and

reservoirs   Saturday in               of

10 inches

fishing – see          June through

               special                    Nov.

30th.

               provisions)    

 

Lakes,

Ponds        Angling:

                Catch  Second          All bass must   Zero -

All

and                         and

release            Saturday in                be released                       bass

must be

reservoirs               with                        April

through                                                        immediately

(seasonally            artificial                 the

Friday                                                              released

closed)                   lures

and                before the

               flies

only                Second

                                                Saturday in

                                                June, both

                                                dates

                                                inclusive.

 

Lakes,

Ponds        Angling:

Catch     Dec.

1 through      All bass must        Zero - All

and                         and

release            the Friday                              be released            bass

must be

reservoirs               with                        before

the                                                              immediately

(not                         artificial                 Second                                                                   released

seasonally             lures

and                Saturday in

closed)                   flies

only                 June, both

                             dates

                             inclusive.

 

Seasonally,           Angling                  Only

when such                   No restrictions      5

fish

Closed

Waters                                      rivers and

-

streams                                                streams are

                                                open to trout

                                                 fishing except

                                                as prohibited

                                                by Section 9.2

Lake

Morey,         Angling (Ice          Second                                   Largemouth          5

Fish

Fairlee                    fishing

-  see 

        Saturday in                           bass

- Minimum

               special                    June

through                         length of 14

                                 provisions)    

      Nov. 30                                   inches

Lake

Morey,         Angling Catch      Dec. 1 through                      All

bass must        Zero  - All

Fairlee                    and

release            Friday before be released  

bass must be

               with                        the

Second                            immediately

               artificial                 Saturday

in                           released.

                        lures and                June,

both

               flies

only                dates

                             inclusive.

Kent

Pond,            Angling                  Second                                   Largemouth          10

fish, only

Killington                                               Saturday in                           Bass:                      1

fish greater

and

Baker                                             June through                         protected                than 12

inches.                                                    Nov.

30                                  slot: 10-12

Pond,                                                                                                      inches

(all

Brookfield                                                                                    fish

between

                                                                                                10

& 12 inches

                                                                                                must

be

                                                                                                released)

 

Kent

Pond,            Angling: Catch     Dec. 1 through                      All

bass must        Zero  - All

Killington               and

release            Friday before                        be released            bass

must be

and

Baker             with                        the Second                                                            immediately

Pond,                      artificial                 Saturday

in                                                           released

Brookfield             lures

and                June, both

               flies

only                dates

                             inclusive.

 

10.5.20 WALLEYE

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3. Season                               4.

Size                    5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions               Limit

General                  Angling,

ice           First

Saturday                       Minimum length 

    3 Fish

Waters

and           fishing                    in

May through                    of 18 inches

Lake                                                       March 15

Champlain

(except

as

listed

below)

 

Lake

Carmi,         Angling, ice           First Saturday                       Minimum

length         5 fish,

Franklin                 fishing                    in

May through                    of 15 inches   

      provided only

                                                March 15                              Protected               1

is over 19

                                                                                                lengths

- 17           inches

                                                                                                to

19 inches

                                                                                                (all fish

                                                                                                between

17 &

                                                                                                19

inches must

                                                                                                be

released)

Chittenden            Angling,

ice           June

1 through                     Minimum length 

          2 fish

Reservoir,              fishing                    March

15                              of 22 inches

Chittenden

 

10.5.21 SAUGER

 

1.

Waters               2. Methods            3.

Season                               4. Size               5. Daily Bag

                                                                                                Restrictions           Limit

General                  Angling,

ice           No

open season                   Any fish taken 

    Zero - All

Waters

and           fishing                                                                    must

be              Sauger taken

Lake                                                                                                       immediately       must

be

Champlain                                                                                            released.             immediately

                                                              

                                                                 released.

 

 Spawning grounds for game fish - Generally

10.6 The below listed waters are declared

spawning grounds for game fish and are hereby closed to the taking of fish from

second Saturday in April through May 31 annually.

 

Chittenden County

Joiner Brook,

Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately 1,900

feet to the first falls.

Pinneo Brook,

Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately 100

feet to the railroad crossing.

Preston Brook,

Bolton - From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately 2,600

feet to the first falls.

 

Orleans County

Black River -

From 600 feet below the falls at Old Harman Mill in  Coventry upstream to the top of falls at Old

Harman Mill in Coventry.

Ware Brook -

From the downstream edge of  the furthest

downstream bridge/culvert  on  Back Coventry Road (TH #8 in Irasburg)

upstream approximately one mile to top of the first major natural  falls on Ware Brook.

Alder (Stony)

Brook - From its confluence with the Black River upstream 3 1/2 miles to the

outlet of Sargent Pond, in Coventry.

Willoughby River

- From the confluence of the Brownington Branch of the Willoughby River in

Brownington upstream to the downstream edge of the bridge on Vermont Route 58

in the village of Evansville (Brownington); and from the downstream edge of

bridge on the Tarbox Hill Road in Orleans Village upstream to the top of the

natural falls upstream of the bridge on Tarbox Hill Road  in Orleans Village.

Dorin, Wells,

Myers, Schoolhouse and Mill Brooks - From mouth of brooks at Lake Willoughby

upstream approximately 3/4 mile in Dorin Brook, all of Wells Brook, 1/2 mile in

Myers Brook, 1/4 mile in the Schoolhouse Brook and 1/4 mile in Mill Brook and

tributaries, all in Westmore. For identification purpose these brooks are arranged

in order from north to south, and flow through Vermont Agency of Transportation

structures on Route 5A number 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6, respectively.

Brownington

Branch of the Willoughby River in Brownington - From its confluence at the

Willoughby River extending upstream to the second road crossing on Brownington

Chilafoux Road (TH #15). Said crossing is located approximately 2.4 miles from

Brownington Center on Chilafoux Road (TH #15).

Country Club

Brook - From its confluence with the Willoughby River extending upstream to

Hollow Road (TH #14) in Barton.

Porter Brook,

Greensboro - From Caspian Lake upstream to its headwaters. (1987, Fish and

Wildlife Commissioner's Reg. No. 970, eff. April 1, 1987.)

Johns River -

From the downstream edge of the bridge on Beebe Road (TH #3) upstream

approximately two tenths of a mile to the downstream edge of bridge on Elm

Street (TH #2) in Derby.

Outlet Brook -

From the highway bridge near Echo Lake in Charleston upstream to the top of dam

at outlet of Seymour Lake.

Washington County

Chase Brook -

From its confluence with the Dog River upstream approximately 1/2 mile to the

top of the natural falls in Berlin.

Ridley Brook,

Duxbury - From the confluence of the Winooski River upstream approximately

1,700 feet to the first falls.

Windsor County

Lilliesville

Brook in the Town of Stockbridge from its

confluence with the White River upstream to the 2nd bridge on the Lilliesville

Brook Road.

Locust Creek

in Bethel from its confluence with the White River upstream to the 2nd bridge

on Rt. 12.

10.7 The below named waters are closed

from March 16 through May 31:

Chittenden

County

Lamoille River -

From the downstream edge of the bridge on Bear Trap Road in Milton (referred to

as the West Milton Bridge upstream to the top of first dam (Peterson Dam)) in

Milton.

Winooski River

-From the Winooski One Hydro dam west of Main Street (US 7) in  Winooski and Burlington and extending

downstream to the downstream side of the first railroad bridge.

Franklin County

Missisquoi River

- From the top of the Swanton dam in the Village of Swanton downstream

approximately 850 feet to the water treatment plant on the west side of the

river, and downstream approximately 850 feet to the upstream end of the cement

breakwater on the east side of the river. (1988, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg.

No. 975, eff. April 7, 1988.)

10.8 The below named waters are closed

from March 16 to the Friday before the 1st Saturday in May, both dates inclusive:

Franklin County

Missisquoi

River - From the top of the Swanton Dam in the Village of Swanton extending

downstream 5,120 feet to the Northwest corner (downstream) of the Riverside

Cemetery and across the river to a pole on the Northeast bank.

10.9 The below named waters are closed

from second Saturday in April through May 10:

Orleans County

Clyde River -

From the downstream edge of the bridge on Lower Clyde Street in Newport City

upstream to the top of the abandoned Mill Dam immediately upstream of the Number

1,2,3 hydroelectric powerhouse, in Newport City.

10.10 The below named waters are closed

from October 1 through October 31:

Orleans County

Johns River -

From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert) upstream of Lake

Memphremagog on North Derby Road  (TH #6)

upstream to U.S. 5, in Derby. (Added 1961, No. 119, § 2, eff. May 9, 1961;

amended 1963, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. Aug. 23, 1963; 1966, Fish

and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. Jan. 1, 1967; 1968, Fish and Game Board Reg.

No. -, eff. Jan. 1, 1969; 1971, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 840, eff. March

19, 1971; 1971, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. -, eff. June 21, 1971; 1973, Fish

and Game Board Reg. No. 866, eff. Jan. 20, 1973; 1974, Fish and Game Board Reg.

No. 892, eff. Dec. 26, 1974; 1975, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 895, eff. Jan.

1, 1976; 1976, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 899, eff. Jan. 1, 1977; 1977, Fish

and Game Board Reg. No. 904, § 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1978; 1977, No. 245 (Adj.

Sess.), § 1, eff. Apr. 17, 1978; 1978, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 906, eff.

Oct. 21, 1978; 1979, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 913, eff. Nov. 21, 1979;

1980, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 915, eff. June 30, 1980; 1980, Fish and Game

Board Reg. No. 926, §§ 1-7, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg.

No. 936, §§ 1, 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1983; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 942,

eff. June 9, 1983; 1983, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 946, eff. Oct. 17, 1983;

1984, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 950, eff. Sept. 17, 1984; 1984, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. No. 951, eff. Sept. 17, 1984; 1985, No. 953, eff. Jan. 1,

1985; 1985, No. 49; 1986, No. 962, eff. June 6, 1986; 1987, Fish and Wildlife

Board Reg. No. 971, eff. Sept. 17, 1987; 1990, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No.

980, eff. Feb. 23, 1990; 1991, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 982, eff. Jan.

5, 1991; 1991, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 990, eff. Sept. 1991; 1993,

Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 998, eff. March 23, 1993; 1995, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Jan. 2, 1996; 1997, Fish and Wildlife Board

Reg. No. 1003, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; 1999, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003,

eff. March 13, 1999; 2000 Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Oct. 7,

2000; 2003, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. Dec. 6, 2002; 2004,

Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. June 4, 2004; 2005, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. July 21, 2005; 2005A, Fish and Wildlife

Board Reg. No. 1003, eff. March 31, 2006; 2007, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg.

No. 1003, eff. Sept. 1, 2006; 2008, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1003, eff.

January 1, 2009; 2010 Fish and Wildlife Reg. effective January 1, 2011; 2013

Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff. January 1, 2014; 2015 Fish and Wildlife Reg. eff.

January 1, 2016.)
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