June 9 is Free Fishing Day

Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9, and it will be highlighted by a free family fishing festival in Grand Isle as well as opening day of the state’s regular bass fishing season.

“Vermont’s Free Fishing Day gives resident and nonresident anglers the opportunity to go fishing without a license for the day in Vermont lakes and streams,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter.

Free Fishing Day in Vermont also will be celebrated at the Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station at 14 Bell Hill Road in Grand Isle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Designed for young anglers and families, this event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a hatchery pond.

Vermont’s regular bass season also opens on June 9. The season extends through the last day of November.

Fish & Wildlife and Vermont State Parks also will offer the ‘Reel Fun Fishing’ program this summer at some state parks. Fishing licenses are required for anyone 15 or older except on Free Fishing Day.

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