Thu, Jan 23, 2014 04:27 PM
Photo courtesy of Eric Palmer, Vermont Fish & Wildlife
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will hold an Ice
Fishing Festival for kids and others new to ice fishing in
celebration of Free Ice Fishing Day on January 25.
To celebrate Vermont's first-ever statewide Free Ice Fishing Day
on January 25, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and
Vermont Sportsman are teaming up to host an ice fishing festival on
Lake Champlain. Vermont Sportsman is a group that organizes ice
fishing tournaments and educational clinics throughout the
The festival will be held at Larrabee's Point fishing access area
in Shoreham, Vt. Some of Vermont's best ice anglers will be
participating in a tournament hosted by Vermont Sportsman beginning
at 5:45 a.m. These professional anglers will stick around after the
tournament to share their skills and knowledge with new ice anglers
in the afternoon.
Events for the public will start at 1 p.m. The festival is
free, and families with kids are encouraged to attend. Events
include minnow races, free clinics on ice, fishing gear and
techniques, and fish identification games, along with prizes and
other gear given out to kids. Fish & Wildlife staff will
operate a fish fry station to cook fish caught by the participants.
Other refreshments will also be available.
"Ice fishing is one of the most accessible forms of fishing and
can be a great way to introduce kids to the fun of fishing," said
Shawn Good, fisheries biologist for the Fish & Wildlife
"This festival will demonstrate that ice fishing isn't just about
catching fish," said Good.
"It's also a great way to spend some time outdoors with kids. You
can skate, slide, make a snow fort and have a cookout - all while
waiting for the flags on your tip-ups to signal when you've caught
Free Ice Fishing Day is new to Vermont in 2014 and will be held
annually on the fourth Saturday in January.
"We worked with the Vermont legislature to create a Free Ice
Fishing Day to encourage individuals, friends and families to try
one of the most popular fishing methods enjoyed in Vermont," said
Patrick Berry, commissioner of Fish &
Wildlife. "Vermonters enjoy ice fishing as a chance to get out
together, have fun, and catch a few truly fresh fish to bring home
Food and warming huts will be available to keep people
Participants need not worry about bringing equipment to the
festival. The Fish & Wildlife Department will supply all
equipment needed for a fun day on the ice.