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Special Regulations for Designated Waters

Overview

Certain rivers, streams, brooks, and creeks listed in this index are subject to special regulations that supersede general fishing regulations. Anglers must adhere to these specific regulations when fishing in these designated waters.

Importance of Compliance

It's crucial for anglers to understand and follow the special regulations outlined for each designated waterbody. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in penalties or fines.

Baitfish Zones and Black-listed Waters

Anglers should familiarize themselves with baitfish zones and black-listed waters. Baitfish zones are areas with specific regulations governing the use of baitfish, while black-listed waters, such as Batten Kill River (B-BK), Lake Champlain (B-LC), Lake Memphremagog (B-M), and Connecticut River (B-CT), have unique considerations due to the presence of aquatic nuisance species (ANS).

Understanding Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)

Aquatic nuisance species, including Eurasian Watermilfoil (EW), Water Chestnut (WC), and Whirling Disease (WD), pose significant threats to aquatic ecosystems. While some ANS may be detected in listed waterbodies, others may remain undetected. It's essential for anglers to follow recommendations outlined in aquatic invasive species laws to prevent the spread of ANS and protect vulnerable ecosystems.

Special Regulations for Designated Rivers and Streams

Barton River

Location: From Lake Memphremagog upstream to the downstream side of the US Route 5 bridge, southernmost and closest to the village of Barton in Barton. (B–M)

Regulations:

  • Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout: Minimum length 10”; daily limit, 2 trout

Batten Kill River (R-BK)

Location: From NY state line upstream (20.6 miles) to downstream side of Depot Street bridge (Routes 11/30) in Manchester. (R–BK)

Regulations:

  • All trout must be released immediately
  • Closed to fishing from November 1 to the Friday before the second Saturday in April.

Black River (Connecticut River Tributary)

Location: Connecticut River main channel to I-91 bridge, Springfield. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • No special regulations provided.

Black River (Route 131)

Location: Weathersfield and Cavendish, from Downers covered bridge upstream (approximately 4 miles) to the next bridge across the river, the Howard Hill bridge.

Regulations:

  • Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: No length limit; daily limit, 2 trout aggregate

Black River (Memphremagog Tributary)

Location: From Lake Memphremagog upstream to 600’ below the falls at Old Harman Mill in Coventry.

Regulations:

  • Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout: Minimum length 10”; daily limit, 2 trout

Additional Regulations:

  • Closed to Fishing: March 15 through May 31

Old Harman Mill in Coventry upstream to the downstream side of the VT Routes 14/58 bridge in Irasburg.

Location: Newport City, Coventry

Regulations:

  • Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout: Minimum length 10”; daily limit, 2 trout

Blodgett/Tarbox Brook

Location: From the confluence with Willoughby River upstream 1,300’ to bridge on Tarbox Hill Road.

Regulations:

  • No special regulations provided.

Brownington Branch of Willoughby River

Location: From its confluence at the Willoughby River extending upstream to the second road crossing on Brownington Chilafoux Road (TH #15).

Regulations:

  • Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout: Minimum length 10”; daily limit, 2 trout

Chase Brook

Location: From its confluence with the Dog River upstream approximately 1/2 mile to the top of the natural falls in Berlin.

Regulations:

  • No special regulations provided.

Clyde River

Location: Lake Memphremagog to 260’ below the top of the abandoned Mill Dam immediately upstream of the Number 1, 2, 3 hydroelectric powerhouse, in Newport City. (R–M)

Regulations:

  • Catch and Release for salmon between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 using artificial flies and lures only
  • Closed to fishing from November 1 to the Friday before the second Saturday in April.

Connecticut River (R-CT)

Location: Including tributaries, bays, and setback to first highway bridge

Regulations:

  • No special regulations provided.

Dead Creek

Location: From the confluences with Otter Creek upstream to Panton Road bridge in Panton. (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • No special regulations provided.

Deerfield River

Location: From the downstream edge of the East Branch Trailhead Bridge in Searsburg upstream 4 miles to the downstream edge of the bridge on Somerset Road near junction with Forest Road 71 in Searsburg.

Regulations:

  • Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: No length limit; daily limit, 2 trout aggregate

Dog River

Location: Downstream edge of the Junction Road bridge in Berlin/Montpelier upstream to the top of Northfield Falls Dam in Northfield.

Regulations:

  • All trout must be released immediately
  • Fishing may only be done with artificial flies and lures
  • Anglers 14 years old and younger may use natural baits
  • Closed to fishing from November 1 to the Friday before the second Saturday in April.

Dorin Brook

Location: Lake Willoughby upstream 3/4 mile.

Regulations:

  • Closed to Fishing: second Saturday in April through May 31

East Creek (Orwell)

Location: Lake Champlain to the falls in Orwell (downstream of Mount Independence Road). (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • No special regulations provided.

East Creek (Rutland City)

Location: From the confluence with Otter Creek upstream (approximately 2.7 miles) to the top of the Patch Dam in Rutland City.

Regulations:

  • Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: Season, second Saturday in April to Oct. 31; length limit, none; daily limit, total number of brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout, no more than 2

Flower Brook

Location: From its confluence with the Mettawee River extending upstream (approximately 1,000’) to the downstream edge of the Route 30 bridge in Pawlet.

Regulations:

  • Trout: Length limit, 10” to 16” protected slot (all fish 10” to 16” must be released); daily limit, 2 trout, only 1 greater than 16”

Green River (R-BK)

Location: From its mouth on the Batten Kill upstream to its confluence with Moffitt Hollow Brook.

Regulations:

  • Trout: Catch and Release between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31 — all trout must be immediately released

Halls Creek

Location: Lake Memphremagog to the headwaters. (R–M)

Regulations:

  • No special regulations provided.

Hatchery Brook

Location: Lake Champlain to main drive for State Fish Hatchery.

Regulations:

  • Closed To Fishing

Johns River

Location: From the downstream edge of the first bridge (culvert) upstream of Lake Memphremagog on North Derby Road (TH #6) to US 5 in Derby (R–M)

Regulations:

  • Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout: Length limit, minimum length 10”; daily limit, 2 trout

Joiner Brook

Location: Winooski River upstream approximately 1,900’ to first falls.

Regulations:

  • Closed to Fishing: Second Saturday in April through May 31
  • Trout: Length limit, 10” to 16” protected slot (all fish 10” to 16” must be released); daily limit: 2 trout, only 1 greater than 16”

Lamoille River

Location: Lake Champlain to the downstream edge of the bridge on Bear Trap Road in Milton (referred to as the West Milton Bridge). (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • No special regulations provided.

Lamoille River (Milton)

Location: From the downstream edge of the bridge on Bear Trap Road in Milton (referred to as the West Milton Bridge) upstream to the top of the first dam (Peterson Dam) in Milton. (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Closed to Fishing: March 16–May 31

Lamoille River (Fairfax)

Location: From the downstream edge of the bridge on Route 104 in the village of Fairfax upstream (approximately 1.6 miles) to the top of the Fairfax Falls Dam in Fairfax.

Regulations:

  • Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: Season, second Saturday in April to Oct. 31; length limit, none; daily limit, total number of brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout, no more than 2

Laplatte River

Location: Lake Champlain to the falls in Shelburne (under Falls Road bridge). (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • No special regulations provided.

Leach Creek

Location: Connecticut River main channel to VT Route 102 bridge, Canaan. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • No special regulations provided.

Lewis Creek

Location: Lake Champlain to the falls in North Ferrisburgh (just upstream of Old Hollow Road). (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • No special regulations provided.

Lilliesville Brook

Location: From the confluence with the White River upstream to the second bridge on the Lilliesville Brook Road.

Regulations:

  • Closed to Fishing: Second Saturday in April through May 31

Little Otter Creek

Location: Lake Champlain to the falls in Ferrisburgh Center (downstream of Little Chicago Road). (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • No special regulations provided.

Little River

Location: From the confluence with Winooski River upstream to the top of the Waterbury Reservoir Dam in Waterbury.

Regulations:

  • Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: Season, second Saturday in April to Oct. 31; length limit, none; daily limit, total number of brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout, no more than 2

Locust Creek

Location: From its confluence with the White River upstream to the second bridge on Route 12.

Regulations:

  • Closed to Fishing: Second Saturday in April through May 31

Lulls Brook

Location: Connecticut River main channel to I-91 bridge, Hartland. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • No special regulations provided.

Malletts Creek

Location: Lake Champlain to the first falls upstream of Roosevelt Highway (US 2 and US 7) in Colchester. (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • No special regulations provided.

Mettawee River

Location: From the downstream edge of the Route 153 bridge in Pawlet upstream (approximately 16 miles) to the downstream edge of the first bridge on Dorset Hollow Road and including tributary: Flower Brook upstream (approximately 1,000’) to the downstream edge of the Route 30 bridge in Pawlet.

Regulations:

  • Trout: Length limit, 10” to 16” protected slot (all fish 10” to 16” must be released); daily limit, 2 trout, only 1 greater than 16”

Mill Brook

Location: Lake Willoughby upstream 1/4 mile.

Regulations:

  • Closed to Fishing: Second Saturday in April through May 31

Mill Brook (Windsor)

Location: Connecticut River main channel to US Route 5 bridge, Windsor. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • No special regulations provided.

Mill River

Location: Lake Champlain to the falls in Georgia (just upstream of Georgia Shore Road bridge). (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • No special regulations provided.

Missisquoi River

Location: Lake Champlain to Riverside Cemetery (5,120’ below Swanton Dam). (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Highgate/ Swanton
  • Franklin
  • Trout: No special regulations provided.

Riverside Cemetery to Swanton Dam

Location: Riverside Cemetery (5,120’ below Swanton Dam) to 850’ below the Swanton Dam. (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Closed to Fishing: March 16 to the Friday before the first Saturday in May, both dates inclusive

Swanton Dam to Water Treatment Plant

Location: From the top of the Swanton Dam in the village of Swanton downstream approximately 850’ to the water treatment plant on the west side of the river, and downstream approximately 850’ to the upstream end of the cement breakwater on the east side of the river. (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Closed to Fishing: March 16–May 31

Missisquoi River (Sheldon and Enosburg)

Location: From the downstream edge of Kane Road (TH-3) bridge upstream (approximately 5.7 miles) to the top of the Enosburg Falls Dam in Enosburg Falls.

Regulations:

  • Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: Season, second Saturday in April to Oct. 31; length limit, none; daily limit, total number of brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout, no more than 2

Moose River

Location: From confluence with Passumpsic River upstream (approximately 350’) to the downstream edge of the Concord Avenue bridge in the village of St. Johnsbury.

Regulations:

  • Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: Season, second Saturday in April to Oct. 31; length limit, none; daily limit, total number of brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout, no more than 2

Mud Creek

Location: Lake Champlain to Route 78 bridge. (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundary
  • No special regulations provided.

Myers Brook

Location: Lake Willoughby upstream 1/2 mile.

Regulations:

  • Closed to Fishing: Second Saturday in April through May 31

New Haven River

Location: From Munger Street bridge in New Haven upstream (approximately 4.1 miles) to the South Street bridge in Bristol.

Regulations:

  • Trout: Length limit, 10” to 16” protected slot (all fish 10” to 16” must be released); daily limit, 2 trout, only 1 greater than 16”

Nulhegan River

Location: Connecticut River main channel to VT Route 102 bridge, Bloomfield. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • Bloomfield
  • Essex County
  • No special regulations provided.

Ompompanoosuc River

Location: Connecticut River main channel to US Route 5, Norwich. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • Norwich
  • Windsor County
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil (EW)
  • No special regulations provided.

Ottauquechee River

Location: Connecticut River main channel to first highway bridge crossing, Hartland. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • Hartland
  • Windsor County
  • No special regulations provided.

Otter Creek

Location: Lake Champlain to the top of the dam in the city of Vergennes. (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • Vergennes, Addison County
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil (EW), Water Chestnut (WC)
  • No special regulations provided.

Otter Creek (Danby–Mt. Tabor)

Location: From the Vermont Railway bridge north of the fishing access upstream (approximately 2 miles) to the Danby–Mt. Tabor Forest Road bridge (Forest Road #10).

Regulations:

  • Danby, Rutland County
  • Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: Season, second Saturday in April to Oct. 31; length limit, none; daily limit, total number of brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout, no more than 2

Passumpsic River

Location: Connecticut River main channel to first highway bridge crossing, Barnet. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • Barnet, Caledonia County
  • No special regulations provided.

Paul Stream

Location: Connecticut River main channel to VT Route 102 bridge, Maidstone. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • Maidstone, Essex County
  • No special regulations provided.

Pinneo Brook

Location: Winooski River upstream approximately 100’ to railroad crossing.

Regulations:

  • Bolton, Chittenden County
  • Closed to Fishing: Second Saturday in April through May 31
  • Trout: Length limit, 10” to 16” protected slot (all fish 10” to 16” must be released); daily limit, 2 trout, only 1 greater than 16”

Porter Brook

Location: From Caspian Lake upstream to its headwaters.

Regulations:

  • Greensboro, Orleans County
  • Closed to Fishing: Second Saturday in April through May 31

Poultney River

Location: Lake Champlain to the Central Vermont Power Dam at Carver Falls in West Haven. (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • West Haven, Rutland County
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil (EW), Water Chestnut (WC)
  • No special regulations provided.

Roaring Branch

Location: From its mouth on the Batten Kill upstream to the downstream side of bridge #14 on Sunderland TH 3 in East Kansas.

Regulations:

  • Arlington/Sunderland, Bennington County
  • Trout: Catch and Release between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31 — all trout must be immediately released

Rock River

Location: Lake Champlain to the first Canadian border crossing.

Regulations:

  • Highgate, Franklin County
  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil (EW)
  • No special regulations provided.

Saxtons River

Location: Connecticut River main channel to US Route 5 bridge, Westminster. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • Westminster, Windham County
  • No special regulations provided.

Schoolhouse Brook

Location: Lake Willoughby upstream 1/4 mile.

Regulations:

  • Westmore, Orleans County
  • Closed to Fishing: Second Saturday in April through May 31

Stevens River

Location: Connecticut River main channel to first highway bridge crossing Barnet. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • Barnet, Caledonia County
  • No special regulations provided.

Valley Brook

Location: From Seymour Lake to headwaters.

Regulations:

  • Morgan and Holland, Orleans County
  • Closed to Fishing: Oct. 1–Oct. 31

Williams River

Location: Connecticut River main channel to US Route 5 bridge, Rockingham. (R–CT)

Regulations:

  • Rockingham, Windham County
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil (EW)
  • No special regulations provided.

Willoughby River

Location: Barton River to Orleans/Brownington Road bridge.

Regulations:

  • Barton, Orleans County
  • Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout: length limit, minimum length 10”; daily limit, 2 trout

Orleans/Brownington Road bridge to natural falls top:

  • Closed to Fishing: March 15 through May 31
  • Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout: length limit, minimum length 10”; daily limit, 2 trout

Natural falls top to Willoughby Lake Outlet:

  • Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout: length limit, minimum length 10”; daily limit, 2 trout
  • Brownington/Barton/Westmore, Orleans County

Winooski River

Location: Lake Champlain to the first railroad bridge (approximately 9 miles) in Winooski and Burlington. (R–LC)

Regulations:

  • Winooski/Burlington, Chittenden County
  • Lake Champlain Boundaries apply
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil (EW)
  • Closed to Fishing: March 16–May 31

From the Winooski One Hydro Dam west of Main Street (US 7) in Winooski and Burlington and extending downstream to the downstream side of the first railroad bridge:

  • Closed to Fishing: March 16–May 31

From Preston Brook mouth upstream (approximately 4.4 miles) to the Ridley Brook mouth:

  • Bolton/Duxbury/Waterbury, Chittenden/Washington Counties
  • Trout: length limit, 10” to 16” protected slot (all fish 10” to 16” must be released); daily limit, 2 trout, only 1 greater than 16”

Winooski River in Duxbury and Waterbury

Location: From the top of the Bolton Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury upstream to the Route 2 bridge (east side of Waterbury Village).

Regulations:

  • Duxbury/Waterbury, Washington County
  • Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: season, second Saturday in April to Oct. 31; length limit, none; daily limit, total number of brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout, no more than 2
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