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!

 

 

Aaron Hallman
Aaron Hallman
February 16, 2024.
My wife and I visited Vermont for our anniversary, and have always wanted to ice fish. We didn't really know what to expect, but it definitely wasn't the experience we got! Couldn't have imagined a better experience. Keith put in absolute work to make sure we had an awesome time and went over and above to make sure we caught some fish. The wife ended up landing a monster pike and largemouth. The experience made our entire trip worth it, and I'm so glad we called stay bent instead of anyone else.
Sarah Hallman
Sarah Hallman
February 16, 2024.
My husband and I had the best time ice fishing with Keith as our guide! We caught bass, pickerel, pike, perch, and smelt and had a blast the whole time!
Chris Bernardi
Chris Bernardi
September 9, 2023.
Keith was an outstanding guide. He was patient, took the time to explain the technique we were to use, and was set on us landing fishing. We had a great time and would definitely use his charter again.
Ken wholey
Ken wholey
August 24, 2023.
Took the guys out for the day on the lake and had a blast reeling in big bass. Kieth was awesome and we will be using him again in the future.
Derrick O'Donnell
Derrick O'Donnell
August 23, 2023.
If you’re looking to catch a ton of fish and have a blast while you’re doing it, you’re at the right place! Can’t wait to go again.
Michael Rodrigues
Michael Rodrigues
August 15, 2023.
I had the pleasure of being on Keith's boat August 6th fishing for my first lake trout trip. He put us on tons of fish and I put my limit in the freezer. Always a great time and an even better fishing guide.
dante canepari
dante canepari
August 15, 2023.
Im not much of a fisherman, but Keith made me feel like a pro. He has top notch equipment, knowledge, and was very professional and patient with a novice like me.
Brown Family
Brown Family
August 12, 2023.
Great trip on Lake Bomoseen with my son! Enjoyed the day - Keith did a terrific job and it was a great experience. He works hard to ensure you're catching fish! We'll see you again next year for sure. Thanks. George
Thomas Novotny
Thomas Novotny
July 18, 2023.
Keith runs a great business, has great character, and is invested in your success and happiness. No other captain and charter has brought me the experience Keith catered - lessons, laughs, diligence and a personalized journey hooking into fish all day. There wasn’t a half hour where we didn’t put a fish on the boat - of course each day is different - but you could always feel the magic when he put a rod in your hands. 5/5

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