Ice Fishing and Tours

Where is the action? Visit Lake Champlain, along the state’s western border at over 100 miles long. Lake Champlain is ranked highly due to the quality and variety of fish you can catch. Landlocked salmon, lake trout, brown trout, northern pike, yellow perch, white perch, walleye, crappie, and smelt are among this lake’s finest.

A license is required for anglers age 15 and older – buy online from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, or at an agent, with locations in most towns. For a list of Vermont-approved bait dealers and authorized license agents, go to or contact: Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main St., Waterbury, VT 05671, 802-241-3700,

Be sure to check the Vermont Guide to Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Laws for the regulations on the water you intend to fish. Rent a shanty or tour with a guide service, and enjoy one of Vermont’s oldest winter traditions!