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An ice fishing shelter. Photo courtesy freeimages.com / Paul Cioca.

New to ice fishing? Looking for fishing tips? Wondering how the fish survive a winter under the ice? Want to meet your local state game warden? The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be conducting educational patrols during winter 2021 on Vermont lakes and ponds.

“We know many anglers have questions they would like to ask a warden, and we also know anglers are always looking to learn new tips and tricks,” said Education Specialist Corey Hart. “Vermont state game wardens and educational staff will be teaming up to conduct educational patrols this winter.”

The current pandemic prohibits formal educational programs, so as an alternative, anglers are encouraged to fish lakes hosting these educational patrols. Staff members will be roaming the ice and will stop by to offer pointers or just chat with anglers about their season. 

“This is a great opportunity for anglers new to fishing who are looking to improve their success or who have questions about fishing regulations,” said Chief Warden Colonel Jason Batchelder.

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The educational patrols will last one to two hours. Participants should bring their own equipment and set up on the ice and start fishing. Department staff members will be roaming among the anglers and plan to spend at least 10 minutes per group depending on the number of anglers on the ice and the number of questions.

A list of dates, times, and locations for the sessions are available at this link on Fish and Wildlife’s website: vtfishandwildlife.com/fish/fishing-events-and-programs/fishing-clinics-and-events/educational-patrols

For more information, you can email Corey.Hart@vermont.gov or call him at 802-505-5562.