Vermont walleye fishing season opens Saturday

VTF&W photo by Bill Crenshaw
Richard Levesque of West Swanton holds the 14 lb. 8.8 oz. Vermont State Record walleye he caught in Lake Champlain in 2010.

The Vermont walleye fishing season opens Saturday and state Fish & Wildlife officials suggest particularly good chances for anglers.

“We saw some really nice, trophy-size walleye during our recent survey work, which certainly brightens the outlook for the upcoming walleye season,” said Chet MacKenzie, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife.

Lake Champlain and its tributaries – the Missisquoi, Lamoille and Winooski rivers and Otter Creek – all offer good opportunities to catch walleye. Salem Lake and Island Pond also are known for their walleye populations, officials said.

As a reminder to anglers, there is no open season on sauger, a close cousin to the walleye. Once more abundant in southern Lake Champlain, sauger may still appear there rarely. If caught while fishing for other fish, sauger must be immediately released.

Current fishing regulations are listed in the free 2018 Vermont Fishing Guide & Regulations available free from any Vermont license agent.

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

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