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May 12, 2017

Kids Fishing Events Underway Across Vermont

Over Three Dozen Fishing Events Scheduled for May & June

Over three dozen children's fishing events are scheduled for May and June throughout Vermont, creating a variety of opportunities for kids and families to enjoy the sport of fishing as well as the state's natural resources.

"Fishing is a wonderful way for families and friends to take in Vermont's great outdoors and spend time with each other," said Ali Thomas, education manager with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. "Between several educational programs run by Vermont Fish & Wildlife, and an assortment of kids fishing derbies and clinics hosted by local organizations across the state, there is tons of fishing fun to be had in the coming weeks."

One of the more popular programs is "Let's Go Fishing" (LGF), which utilizes trained volunteer instructors to teach and encourage young people and their families about fishing. The instructors teach basic fishing skills, how to use different types of tackle, the importance of good aquatic habitat, fishing ethics and fishing regulations.

Free LGF clinics can be found throughout the state during any time of the year. For a complete list of LGF clinics, visit the "Fishing Events and Programs" page at

Vermont Fish & Wildlife also has a "Children's Fishing Program" which provides kids the opportunity for a fun and successful fishing experience at locally-organized events. Organizers of these events often include charitable, community, or non-profit groups such as fire departments, fish and game clubs, Rotary and Lions clubs, town recreation committees, 4-H clubs, and scouts groups, among others. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department provides eight-to-ten-inch stocked trout for the program.

A complete list of the children's fishing events, which is updated periodically, is also available via the "Fishing Events and Programs" page at

Additionally, for the third consecutive year, Vermont Fish & Wildlife and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation are teaming up to enhance fishing opportunities and experiences at Vermont State Parks through the "Reel Fun" initiative. The program provides free fishing rods and tackle to state park visitors to use on a loaner basis at 18 different Vermont State Parks.

To purchase a fishing license or learn more about fishing in Vermont, visit

Media Contact: Ali Thomas, 802-505-5562

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: May 12, 2017 13:10:04