The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board is holding three public hearings May 28, 29, and 30 on proposed regulation changes that would increase trout and bass fishing opportunities for anglers and reduce the daily brook trout limit.

Eleven new river sections are proposed to have catch-and-release trout fishing with artificial flies or lures outside of the normal trout fishing season, opening 27 miles of river to year-round trout fishing.

A section of the Walloomsac River in Bennington is proposed to be added to the selection of trophy trout streams that are stocked with two-year old brown or rainbow trout.

Bass catch-and-release open water angling (not ice fishing) outside the normal bass season is proposed to now include all lakes, ponds and reservoirs not listed as “seasonally closed waters.”

The daily creel limit for brook trout is proposed to be reduced from 12 to 6.

The fish regulation, with the proposed changes, can be seen on  Under “Law Enforcement and Game Wardens,” click on “Rules and Proposed Rules.”

The three public hearings will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the following locations:

Tuesday, May 28 – St. Johnsbury Elementary School, School Auditorium, 257 Western Ave., St. Johnsbury, VT

Wednesday, May 29 – Pavilion Auditorium, Pavilion Building, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT

Thursday, May 30 – Kehoe Education Center, 636 Point of Pines Road, Castleton, VT

Logo courtesy Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

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