On January 23, 2019

Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day is January 26

Saturday, Jan. 26 — Vermont’s sixth annual Free Ice Fishing Day is Saturday, Jan. 26. The day is geared toward giving new ice anglers an opportunity to try ice fishing before purchasing equipment, but any angler may ice fish on any waterbody open to ice fishing statewide without a fishing license that day.

To celebrate, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding an ice fishng festival at Knight Point State Park in North Hero. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is free and open to all ages as well as families with kids.

“Ice fishing is one of the most accessible forms of fishing and can be a great way to introduce people to how much fun fishing can be,” said Jud Kratzer, fisheries biologist for the Fish & Wildlife Department.

The Fish & Wildlife Department will lend equipment needed for this fun day on the ice, or participants may bring their own equipment. For more information, contact Corey Hart at 802-265-2279 or corey.hart@vermont.gov.

Free Ice Fishing Day and the free ice fishing festival are held annually on the last Saturday in January.

Photo courtesy Vt. Fish & Wildlife Dept.

Two youngsters get ice fishing experience during the free day designed to give new anglers a chance to “try before you buy.”

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