Vermont’s third annual Free Ice Fishing Day is January 30, 2016. To celebrate the event, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD) is holding an Ice Fishing Festival at Lake Elmore State Park. The festival, which features instruction, a fish fry, prizes, giveaways, and more will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
VFWD staff, as well as instructors from Vermont’s Let’s Go Fishing Program, will be on-hand to teach ice fishing basics. These include knot tying, baiting and using an ice fishing rod, and most importantly, how to stay warm on the ice. They’ll also discuss fishing regulations and go over fish identification.
VFWD staff will operate a fish fry station to cook up participants’ catch, and there will also be other refreshments on hand including plenty of hot cocoa. There will be several warming huts available.
VFWD staff will provide loaner fishing equipment or participants may bring their own. For more information, contact Nicole Meier at 802-318-1347.
Vermont Free Ice Fishing Day is held annually on the last Saturday in January. Any angler may ice fish on any waterbody statewide without a fishing license on Free Ice Fishing Day.
source: Vermont Fish and Wildlife