Vermont Trout Fishing For Rainbow, Brown, Brook & Lake Trout - Fly Fishing & Other Techniques for Catching Big Trout in VT.
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Vermont Trout Fishing

Trout Fishing in Vermont

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Brown trout are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts and the brook trout is the most sensitive to temperature. The others are comfortable in slightly warmer waters.

Trout Fishing Lakes In Vermont

Vermont is trout country. Lots of trout water and quality fish. Most rivers and streams contain trout, as do many small lakes, ponds and parks. The major VT lakes with trout include Harriman Reservoir, Lake Bomoseen, Lake Carmi, Lake Champlain, Lake Dunmore, Lake Memphremagog, Lake St Catherine, Lake Willoughby, Maidstone Lake, Seymour Lake and Somerset Reservoir. Visit the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website for details on trout stocking in Vermont.

Paran Creek produced the Vermont state record brook trout and Sherman Reservoir was home to the VT state record brown trout. Willoughby Lake turned out the VT state record lake trout. The Vermont state record rainbow trout came out of Lake Dunmore.

Rainbow Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss

Fishing For Rainbow Trout

Brook Trout
Salvelinus fontinalis

Fishing For Brook Trout

Brown Trout
Salmo trutta

Fishing For Brown Trout

Lake Trout
Salvelinus namaycush

Fishing for lake trout

Organizations & Resources

Cutthroat Trout Conservation
DMOZ Trout Section

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The states list to the left can direct you to information about trout fishing in other states.

All About Fishing for Trout in Vermont.



Rainbow Trout Picture
World Record Rainbow Trout

42 lbs - 2 oz

Vermont State Record Rainbow Trout

13 lbs - 8 oz

Preferred Water Temperature

52 - 68 Degrees

Preferred Habitat

Prefers generally clear flowing waters with turbulence for oxygenation over gravel, rock or sandy bottoms.


Brook Trout Picture
World Record Brook Trout

14 lbs - 8 oz

Vermont State Record Brook Trout

5 lbs - 12 oz

Preferred Water Temperature

52 to 64 Degrees

Preferred Habitat

Prefers clear cold water with moderate current over gravel, rocks or sand.


Brown Trout Picture
World Record Brown Trout

41 lbs - 7 oz

Vermont State Record Brown Trout

22 lbs - 3 oz

Preferred Water Temperature

56 - 64 Degrees

Preferred Habitat

Prefers slightly stained cool water with minimum current over rock or sandy bottoms with heavy cover.


Lake Trout Picture
World Record Lake Trout

72 lbs - 0 oz

Vermont State Record Lake Trout

34 lbs - 0 oz

Preferred Water Temperature

52 - 68 Degrees

Preferred Habitat

Prefers clear to slightly stained water with significant depths and sandy bottoms in the shallows.

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