Did you know that in Vermont if you take or injure a threatened or endangered species not only will you pay a massive bill but you could also face criminal charges? Well now you know and so do the people who ended up in jail, and it’s all because they didn’t read this article. If you would like to stay out of jail and have enough money in your pocket to be able to fish on one of Vermonts rivers and streams, I highly suggest reading this article.

Vermont Fishing Regulations

The State of Vermont states:

  • You may not bring fish into Vermont without previously obtaining an importation permit from the Fish & Wildlife Department
  • You may not take or injure a Vermont Threatened or Endangered Species (if you do you are subject to either civil enforcement or criminal prosecution for a big game violation)
  • A person shall not buy or sell salmon, trout, lake trout, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, black bass, or other fish specified by regulation, taken in this state, or imported from another state or country where sale of such fish is illegal ( there are some exceptions)
  • A person shall not transport fish or game:
    • Taken by someone else unless the person who took the fish or game accompanies it
    • During closed season for that fish or game
    • If it exceeds the number or limit of fish or game that may legally be taken in a day
  • You may not dispose of any animal carcass, or remains except those legally harvested on the property may be deposited on site during routine field processing for preservation and transport, or parts used in conjunction with legal trapping
  • You may not enter within 500 feet of any building or other associated infrastructure that is associated with a department fish culture station or conservation camp during times of the day other than those times posted for public us

Fishing License Period

Vermont fishing licenses are available as:

  • Daily fishing licenses
  • Annual fishing licenses
  • Lifetime fishing licenses

Free or Reduced Fee Vermont Fishing Licenses

The State of Vermont offers free fishing licenses or reduced fishing licenses for :

  • Any Vermont resident who is 66 or older
  • Active Military personnel
  • Any Vermont resident who is blind
  • Any Vermont resident who is paraplegic
  • Any Vermont resident with a physical disability
  • Any Vermont resident recognized as a disabled veteran

Vermont Fishing Licenses Are NOT Required For

If you fall into any of the below categories you’re in luck, because you aren’t required to have a fishing license:

  • Anyone under the age of 15
  • Any owner of land in Vermont, and their family when fishing from a private pond within the boundaries of their land without a license within season

Buy a Vermont Fishing License