2020 fishing license sales best in 28 years

Chase Stokes of Ferrisburgh shows off his large mouth bass

Anglers spent an estimated 2.1 million days fishing in 2019, and fishing quality throughout the state was rated higher in 2019 than in 2009, according to a Vermont Fish & Wildlife fishing survey.  

“We did see a decrease in the total number of days anglers spent fishing, which is a trend recognized throughout the last 30 years in Vermont as well as in other states across the country,” said State Fisheries Biologist Bret Ladago.  “However, 2020 marked the highest number of resident Vermont fishing licenses sold since 1992.” 

“We’re hopeful that all of the folks that took advantage of this fun and exciting opportunity in 2020 will stick with it moving forward and encourage others to join them. It’s an inexpensive way to get outside, spend time with friends and family and maybe bring home a tasty, locally-sourced meal.”

Brook trout remained the most preferred species for open water anglers, and yellow perch were the most preferred species for ice anglers.  The popularity of bass, northern pike and panfish species continues to increase, with over 60 percent of anglers fishing for smallmouth bass during the last three years.  The survey also showed that anglers continue to value both the state’s trout stocking and wild trout management programs.

For additional highlights from Vermont’s 2020 Statewide Angler Survey or to read the full report, go to https://vtfishandwildlife.com/statewide-angler-survey.

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  1. Not a surprise. What other activities are more fun, and are easier to exercise “social distancing” than hunting and fishing ? I’m sure that after the pandemic is done wreaking havoc on us, that a lot of the “newbees” to the outdoor sports will continue to enjoy the sports, and enlist more new people.

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