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Vermont walleye fishing season opens Saturday

Observer courtesy photo Dylan Smith of Northfield shows off a Lake Champlain walleye he caught and released last June.
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Dylan Smith of Northfield shows off a Lake Champlain walleye he caught and released last June.

The Vermont walleye fishing season is set to open Saturday.

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds anglers that, in all waters of Vermont except Lake Carmi, Chittenden Reservoir and the Connecticut River, there is a three-fish daily limit, and walleye have an 18-inch minimum length requirement.

The department also warned that 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, the department said.

Anglers are encouraged to reference the 2017 Vermont Fishing Guide & Regulations Digest or the new Online Fishing Regulations Tool at vtfishandwildlife.com to review a full listing of Vermont waters and all applicable regulations.

“We saw some really nice, trophy-size walleye during our recent survey work, which certainly brightens the outlook a bit for the upcoming walleye season,” said Chet MacKenzie, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish and Wildlife. “The fishing conditions are also lining up to be exceptional for opening weekend as flows have dropped in many of the major spawning tributaries to Lake Champlain, meaning anglers will have a great opportunity to connect with post-spawn walleye.”

Vermont’s spring walleye fishing opportunities include Lake Champlain and its tributaries – the Missisquoi, Lamoille and Winooski rivers and Otter Creek, Salem Lake, Island Pond, Clyde Pond and the Clyde River.

To purchase a fishing license, or learn more about fishing in Vermont, visit vtfishandwildlife.com.