The Vermont walleye fishing season opens Saturday and state Fish & Wildlife officials suggest particularly good chances for anglers.
“We saw some really nice, trophy-size walleye during our recent survey work, which certainly brightens the outlook for the upcoming walleye season,” said Chet MacKenzie, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife.
Lake Champlain and its tributaries – the Missisquoi, Lamoille and Winooski rivers and Otter Creek – all offer good opportunities to catch walleye. Salem Lake and Island Pond also are known for their walleye populations, officials said.
In all waters of Vermont except Lake Carmi, Chittenden Reservoir and the Connecticut River, there is an 18-inch minimum length requirement for walleye and a three-fish daily limit. The open season is from May 5 to March 15, 2019.
At Lake Carmi, the minimum length is 15 inches, and all walleye between 17 and 19 inches must be released. The daily limit is five walleye, but only one may be over 19 inches long.
Chittenden Reservoir has special walleye regulations in order to produce large walleye that can help control its over-abundant yellow perch population and provide anglers with an opportunity to harvest a trophy walleye. The minimum length is 22 inches; the daily limit is two; the season is open June 1 through March 15.
As a reminder to anglers, there is no open season on sauger, a close cousin to the walleye. Once more abundant in southern Lake Champlain, sauger may still appear there rarely. If caught while fishing for other fish, sauger must be immediately released.
Current fishing regulations are listed in the free 2018 Vermont Fishing Guide & Regulations available free from any Vermont license agent.
To purchase a fishing license or learn more about fishing in Vermont, visit vtfishandwildlife.com.