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June 03, 2011

Vermont Events Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

Anglers and organizations across the country are gearing up for National Fishing and Boating week being held June 4-12, including the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the Vermont State Parks.

Here’s a look at fishing celebrations happening around Vermont on Saturday, June 11:

• Free Fishing Day: This is an excellent opportunity to give fishing a try. Children who are 14 or younger can fish free all year long, but Free Fishing Day on June 11 is the one day in the year when all residents and nonresidents may go fishing in Vermont without first purchasing a fishing license.

• Grand Isle Fishing Festival: Being held from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle, it’s designed especially for youngsters and offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a pond next to the hatchery.

• A “Let’s Go Fishing” clinic: Scheduled for 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Lake St. Catherine State Park in Poultney, the clinic is a great introduction into fishing. Gear and instruction will be supplied, free of charge. Contact for additional information.

• Vermont Days: More than 50 Vermont’s State Parks have free day use on June 11 and 12, offering hiking, biking, boating, fishing, picnicking – or just relaxing with a good book. For more details, see

“Vermont State Parks are excellent places to take a family fishing on Free Fishing Day,” said Patrick Berry, commissioner of Vermont Fish and Wildlife. “Most are located on lakes or ponds that offer outstanding fishing, and many offer boat launch areas or boat rentals.”

Other Vermont “Family Fishing Hotspots” are listed on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website ( Just click on any of the locations to learn more about fishing opportunities.

While you are on their website, be sure to check out the “Master Angler” entries and photos, and then see if you can go out and catch one of your own.

People are also encouraged to post fishing photos from Free Fishing Day on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Facebook page.

If you are already an avid angler, June 11 is an excellent day to be a fishing mentor and introduce a friend or youngster to this healthy, fun activity.

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: June 03, 2011 16:10:02