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Vermont Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in Vermont lakes and streams.

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Trout fishing in Vermont

VT Trout Fishing Waters

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, Island Pond, Lake Bomoseen, 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.

Vermont rainbow trout caught by Chase Stokes

17-inch rainbow trout caught out of the Winooski River by Chase Stokes.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Vermont Trout Records

Trout fishing for rainbow trout

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 VT state record rainbow trout came out of Lake Dunmore.

Fishing for trout in Vermont

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

VT State Record: 13 lbs 12 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

VT State Record: 5 lbs 12 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

VT State Record: 22 lbs X2.5X oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

VT State Record: 35 lbs 3 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Additional trout fishing information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Trout Conservation

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Vermont waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

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