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Vermont’s free ice fishing day is Saturday, Jan. 29

Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day this year is Saturday, Jan. 29, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dept.

By Shawn Good / VTF&W
Vermont offers free ice fishing for all ages on Saturday, Jan. 29 at any body of water in the state.

“Ice fishing can be a great way to introduce people to how much fun fishing can be,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Christopher Herrick. “Showing youngsters or adult new anglers how to jig for perch or how to use tip-ups is rewarding, and it can provide an excellent meal of fresh fish. Perhaps best of all – the experience almost always creates fond memories to last a lifetime.”

Free Ice Fishing Day is held annually on the last Saturday in January. Residents and nonresident anglers may ice fish without a license on any Vermont waterbody that is open to ice fishing.

For ice fishing tips and to learn how to safely go ice fishing, go to Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website, Be sure to visit the virtual ice fishing festival for a video presentation on fish identification, safety and cooking your catch.

To learn about fishing regulations, you can pick up a free copy of the 2022 Fishing Guide & Regulations booklet from any Vermont license agent or Interstate highway rest area, or it can be downloaded from the website.

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