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Free Fishing Day is Sat. June 8

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Warner Steven Lowrey with a 44-inch-long lake trout caught in Greensboro’s Caspian Lake that weighed 24.84 pounds on the Willey’s Store’s scale. Store staff said they hadn’t seen a trout that size in well over 10 years. Some local anglers say fish that size regularly get caught, but most keep quiet about it or release them back into the lake. Length to weight conversion charts at the in-fisherman.com and laketrout.org web sites suggest a laker that long ought to weigh at least 10 pounds more and older lake trout catches hung on Willey’s wall seem to bear that out.

VERMONT – The annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 8, this year.

“Vermont’s Free Fishing Day gives resident and nonresident anglers the opportunity to go fishing without a license for the day in Vermont lakes and streams,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Christopher Herrick.    “Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for an experienced angler to be a mentor to friends who have not gone fishing before.    A day on the water could lead to a lifetime of great experiences and healthy local food.”

Family-friendly fishing spots near Hardwick with shoreline fishing areas are at Mackville Pond in Hardwick, Nichols Pond in Woodbury and Wolcott Pond in Wolcott.

Free Fishing Day in Vermont will be celebrated at the “Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival,” to be held at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station at 14 Bell Hill Road in Grand Isle.    The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Designed for young or novice anglers and families, this exciting event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a hatchery pond.    No prior fishing experience is needed, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife will be supplying fishing rods, reels and bait for use by participants.

Vermont’s regular bass season also opens on June 8, marking the start of some of the hottest bass fishing action in the northeast.    The season opens each year on the second Saturday in June and extends through the last day of November.

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

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