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April 06, 2017

Public Informational Meeting April 25 on Dog River Trout Studies

A public informational meeting to present the results of fisheries evaluations of a seven-year experimental catch-and-release trout fishing "test water" designation on the Dog River will be held by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department on Tuesday April 25 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Agency of Natural Resources Annex Building on Junction Road in Montpelier (across from the Amtrak Station).

The Dog River has long been considered one of Vermont's best wild trout streams with a reputation for abundant wild rainbow trout and large brown trout. Electrofishing surveys and angler creel surveys conducted by Fish & Wildlife through the 1990's confirmed this reputation by revealing high wild trout densities, excellent natural reproduction, good growth rates and good angler catch rates.

Trout population surveys conducted annually on the lower Dog River since 1991, however, revealed a significant decline in the number of adult wild trout in the early 2000's. This prompted Fish & Wildlife to implement an experimental catch-and-release or "no-kill" restriction to reduce the harvest of wild trout in an attempt to stabilize or increase fish population densities in the lower eight miles of the Dog River. Adult anglers also could only use artificial flies and lures, which is based on studies that show trout caught with natural baits have a much higher mortality rate after being released.

The April 25 meeting is being held so Fish & Wildlife can present the results of Dog River fisheries evaluations conducted over the past 25 years. Anglers, landowners and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend to discuss the findings and other issues related to the Dog River and its fishery.

The department is proposing to continue the experimental catch-and-release restrictions as a Fish and Wildlife Board regulation. The Fish and Wildlife Board will hold separate public hearings to obtain public input on this proposal in early May (

For further information contact: Fisheries Biologist Rich Kirn by email at or by phone at (802) 485-7566.

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: April 06, 2017 16:15:26