VT Fishing Guide: What Do Can You Fish This Spring?

I don’t know about you, but I am glad that warmer weather is finally here. These past couple days have been fantastic weather in the seventies and eighties. As a VT Fishing Guide, I’m loving this Spring weather for fishing. It’s almost like we skipped spring and went directly to summer weather.  In some parts of Vermont, you will still find snow on the ground, but that won’t last long with the warm weather here. With the warm weather, we have seen fast currents and rising cloudy waters to fish in. Here’s what you can fish this spring season.

VT Fishing Guide - Trout Fishing in Vermont

Lake Seymour

Lake Seymour’s population of big lake trout are taken off the bottom with live suckers, cut bait or large jigging lures. To catch these big fish, you need to have lots of patience. Trout are slow-moving, cautious and tentative fish. Big lake trout can average around 10 to 15 pounds. Often they can grab your bait without tripping your flag, moving the bobber or tugging your line immediately. A key note on fishing big lake trout, cast, wait, then take up some of the slack slowly to see if there is a fish on the line. Assume you have a fish!

 

 

VT Fishing Guide Trout Fishing

Green Mountain National Forest

By mid-April, most of the trout streams in Vermont will be free of ice and run clear. This is the angler’s dream time. Start at the Manchester Center and fish the streams along the roads and bridges in the Green Mountain National Forest. Look for the deepest darkest waters; trout like to hide out in these spots. This is a great place to fish during the months of April and May while waters a cool and clear.

The best type of bait to use for trout in these areas are garden worms, nymphs, and small wet flies. Don’t be shy about getting into the difficult spots with deep pools.

 

 

Trout Fishing in Vermont with a Vermont Fishing Guide

 

Lake Champlain

In May, the snow pretty much is gone which means Lake Champlain 600 mile long shoreline which is filled with bays, islands and plenty of fishing holes with great action are ready to fish. Your choice of fish to catch is trout and salmon. Both of these species will react to trollers using minnow-imitation lures, plugs, and streamers. If you want to get some live minnow bait, that’s even better. Salmon is super active in the springtime, so plan on being on the water the whole day!

 

 

C K
C K
February 22, 2022.
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We had an excellent time with Keith for Ice fishing! Caught a Northern Pike on a jigging rod of all things! Keith was always professional, friendly, and very instructive. Highly recommend!
Erin Courcey
Erin Courcey
January 24, 2022.
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Keith really runs a terrific private ice fishing excursion!! From the start, Keith was extremely responsive, organized and full of knowledge and excitement over our family’s desire to try ice fishing for the first time. Keith was thorough in his planning with us so that we were prepared and comfortable with our plans. The day was amazing—-Keith is an expert fisherman, and he so was patient with all of us non fishermen/women. We learned so much and really had the time of our lives with Keith! We will definitely do another excursion with Keith soon, and highly recommend him!
David Malfetano
David Malfetano
January 17, 2022.
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Keith is a fantastic guide and was very helpful to our inexperienced crew. Would certainly book this tour again!
Jon Boudreau
Jon Boudreau
January 17, 2022.
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Keith and his dad run a great service and provided us with an excellent time on the lake. He knows what he’s doing and takes his time to teach the tour group. Absolutely would book again.
Luke C
Luke C
January 17, 2022.
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One of the best fishing experiences I’ve had. Everything was organized, well run, and an absolute blast. Hard to find a better charter!
Kristin Bitter
Kristin Bitter
October 10, 2021.
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My family and I had an awesome time out on Lake Morey this weekend with Keith!! He had a great boat, a bunch of different tackle, and put us onto some really nice fish.
Sean Bitter
Sean Bitter
October 10, 2021.
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Great fishing! Lots of big fish! Keith is the best
Mike Seaton
Mike Seaton
September 2, 2021.
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We went out with stay bent recently and had a great experience! We caught many fish and the guide was very knowledgeable
Christopher Augello
Christopher Augello
August 31, 2021.
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Awesome day on the lake. Keith was awesome , great teaching my kids how to fish and me . Caught a bunch of fish too.
Chris Ritter
Chris Ritter
August 30, 2021.
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We had a blast fishing with Keith last week. He put us on nonstop action on a hot day, which is not easy. The lake was beautiful and fun to jump in as well. My nine-year-old daughter does not have a ton of fishing experience, but he was able to get her working the retrieves perfectly, and she ended up out fishing me by a long shot! We got largemouth, smallmouth, rock bass, Pickerel, Perch, and sunfish. Keith is great with kids, and a lot of fun to hang out with for grown-ups. His boat and equipment are top notch as well. I would recommend this guy to anyone, And we are looking forward to our next trip which might be some ice fishing.

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