The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has scheduled a series of free ice fishing clinics for anyone who would like to learn about the latest proven ice fishing techniques.
“Our ice fishing clinics will be held from January through March with the possibility that some dates may change according to ice and weather conditions,” said Fish and Wildlife Education Specialist Corey Hart. “Everyone is welcome no matter their experience level. We want this to be fun and helpful for all.”
Each clinic will last 2 ½ to 3 hours, and exact location details will be given when people register for the event. Topics to be covered include ice safety, hole drilling, equipment and techniques, regulations, and different techniques for different fish.
A variety of clinic topics are being offered to reach beginners and experienced anglers. Introduction to Ice Fishing clinics will cover all the basics while species-specific programs such as Trout Fishing are perfect for anglers with some ice fishing experience but who may be looking for more specific tips on targeting certain species.
All participants will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned near the end of each event. Everyone is urged to wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions.
In addition to the programs listed below, more programs will be added throughout the winter, so check the website frequently.
Friday, January 7 — 4:00 p.m. Introduction to Smelt Fishing at Joes Pond Fishing Access, Danville
Saturday, January 8 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction to Ice Fishing at Lake Paran Fishing Access, Bennington
Friday, January 21 – 2:30 p.m. Trout Clinic at Lake St. Catherine State Park Boat Launch, Poultney
Saturday, January 22 – 9:00 a.m. Introduction to Ice Fishing at Singing Cedars Fishing Access, Orwell
Saturday, February 26 – 9:00 a.m. Introduction to Ice Fishing at Retreat Meadows Fishing Access, Brattleboro