Vermont Fish & Wildlife Fishing Regulations
 
Connecticut River
Section DescriptionTownCountyAquatic Nuisance
(including tributaries, bays and setbacks to 1st highway bridge) (B-CT) Bloomfield, Bradford, Brattleboro, Brunswick, Canaan, Concord, Dummerston, Fairlee, Guildhall, Hartford, Hartland, Lemington, Lunenburg, Maidstone, Newbury, Norwich, Peacham, Putney, Rockingham, Ryegate, Springfield, Thetford, Vernon, Waterford, Weathersfield, Westminster, Windsor Essex, Orange, Windham, Essex, Essex, Essex, Windham, Orange, Essex, Windsor, Windsor, Essex, Essex, Essex, Orange, Windsor, Caledonia, Windham, Windham, Caledonia, Windsor, Orange, Windham, Caledonia, Windsor, Windham, Windsor EW
General Regulations - Connecticut River
SpeciesMinimum LengthDaily LimitLegal MethodsOpen Seasons for Harvest
American Shad 0Catch and Release Only 
Anadromous Atlantic SalmonNANANo open season for Atlantic Salmon until declared by the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon ConditionNA
Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout Through open water the daily limit is 5 fish or 5 pounds (whichever limit is first reached), except the daily limit is 1 fish from the Samuel Moore Dam downstream to the Rte. 18 bridge. Through the ice the daily limit is 2 fish, except the daily limit is  Jan 1 to Oct 15
Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass)Only one bass may be greater than 16 inches.2 Jan 1 to March 31
Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass)NA2 April 1 to May 14 and June 16 to June 30
Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass)NAall black bass shall be immediately released unharmed, at the site of catch, to the waters from which taken.Artificial lures and fliesBetween May 15 and June 15
Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass)NA5 July 1 through December 31
CarpNANAMay be taken by any legal method and by bow and arrow with cord attached, in that part of the river beginning at the point on the northern boundary of Grafton County in New Hampshire which is directly opposite the town of Concord, Vermont, south to the MaOpen to fishing all year, except no fishing Oct. 16–Dec. 31 from the confluence of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and the Connecticut River in Northumberland, N.H., to the northern boundary of the town of Canaan, VT
Horned PoutNA25NAOpen to fishing all year, except no fishing Oct. 16–Dec. 31 from the confluence of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and the Connecticut River in Northumberland, N.H., to the northern boundary of the town of Canaan, VT
Northern PikeMinimum total length 28 inches.1NAOpen to fishing all year, except no fishing Oct. 16–Dec. 31 from the confluence of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and the Connecticut River in Northumberland, N.H., to the northern boundary of the town of Canaan, VT
PickerelNA10NAOpen to fishing all year, except no fishing Oct. 16–Dec. 31 from the confluence of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and the Connecticut River in Northumberland, N.H., to the northern boundary of the town of Canaan, VT
WalleyeNo person shall take walleye 16 to 18 inchesThe daily limit is 4 fish, of which only 1 can be larger than 18 inches.NAOpen to fishing all year, except no fishing Oct. 16–Dec. 31 from the confluence of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and the Connecticut River in Northumberland, N.H., to the northern boundary of the town of Canaan, VT
River Herring (alewife and blueback herring)NA0NAClosed to Taking
Other Species of FishNAThe daily limit for black crappie, white perch, yellow perch and sunfish is 25 fish for each species. The daily aggregate possession limit is 50 fish for all listed species, including horned pout.NAOpen to fishing all year, except no fishing Oct. 16–Dec. 31 from the confluence of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and the Connecticut River in Northumberland, N.H., to the northern boundary of the town of Canaan, VT

DISCLAIMER

This application is a guidance document.  The Vermont fishing regulations may be found at: 

http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/10APPENDIX/002/00122  

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