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  • Seymour Lake
  • Somerset Reservoir

The cold, clear water found throughout the state of Vermont offers excellent fishing conditions for big trout and smallmouth bass, monster salmon, tasty walleyes and perch, plus magnificent settings for fishing in all kinds of waters including lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. In this first section we will concentrate on the larger fishing lakes. Vermont offers great fishing year round - Spring, summer, fall and Ice fishing in winter.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Vermont Lakes

Vermont major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

Major angling destinations, cross referenced with the major species to be found in each of the lakes. For a detailed list of primary fish species in VT, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Lake Willoughby, Vermont - Known For Big Trout & Salmon

Harriman Reservoir is a 2,150-acre lake in the southern part of the state, at Wilmington.

Island Pond is a 600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Brighton.

Lake Bomoseen is a 2,400-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Bomoseen.

Lake Carmi is a 1,400-acre lake in the northern part of the state, at Franklin.

Lake Champlain is a 271,000-acre lake on the northwestern border of the state, at Burlington.

Lake Dunmore is a 1,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Salisbury.

Lake Memphremagog is a 5,800-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at Newport.

Lake St Catherine is an 850-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Poultney.

Lake Willoughby is a 1,700-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Westmore.

Maidstone Lake is a 750-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Maidstone.

Seymour Lake is a 1,750-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Morgan.

Somerset Reservoir is a 1,600-acre lake in the southern part of the state, at Somerset.

Fish Species & State Records in Vermont

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 4 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 13 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 35 lbs 14.7 oz

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 8.5 oz*

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 8.5 oz*

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 14 lbs 8.8 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 2.5 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 13 lbs 12 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 12 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 22 lbs 2.5 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 35 lbs 3.2 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 15.7 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

State Record: 2 lbs 9.3 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 6.4 oz

Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 12 lbs 10.4 oz

Other species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 14 lbs 8 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 6 lbs 4 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 18 lbs 12 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 38 lbs 3.5 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 30 lbs 8 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 17 lbs 13.3 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

A Typical Vermont Lake In Fall.

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State of VT Fishing Information

Get a Vermont fishing license here. Learn valuable information about fishing in Vermont at the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife website.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.

 

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