Types of Fishing Licenses in Vermont
Anglers in Vermont planning to take fish from state waters are required to get a fishing license.
Fishing permits are not required for anglers younger than 15 years of age. State recreational fishing
licenses are available in one of two categories:
Residential Fishing Licenses
Non Resident Fishing Licenses
To buy fishing licenses in Vermont, you must submit a fishing permit application through the VFWD.
Anglers can choose one of the following methods for purchasing a license to fish:
Buy fishing licenses online through the VFWD License Purchase website.
Buy fishing licenses in person at a local authorized licensing agent or the Montpelier VFWD office:
- Dewey Building
- National Life Drive
- Montpelier, VT 05620-3708
Buy fishing licenses through the mail by printing and completing a fishing license application and
submitting it to the following address:
- Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department1 National Life Drive
- Dewey Bldg.
- Montpelier, VT 05620-3208
Recreational fishing licenses can be obtained for time periods of one day to five years.
Residential Fishing Licenses in Vermont
Anglers living in Vermont can buy fishing licenses at a discounted price in comparison to visitors. To
be considered a resident of Vermont, you must have lived in the state for the six consecutive months
directly preceding the date of your fishing license application submission. Residential fishing
licenses are administered by the VFWD and include the following options:
Annual Fishing License: $26
Five Year Fishing License: $124
Youth Fishing License (ages 15 through 17): $8
Three Day Fishing License: $11
Combination Fishing and Hunting License: $41
Five Year Combination Hunting and Fishing License: $199
Youth Combination Fishing and Hunting License (under 18 years of age): $12
Note: Residential fishing license fees are subject to change without notice.
Non Resident Fishing Licenses in Vermont
Anglers who have not lived in Vermont for six consecutive months are considered visitors and are
therefore not eligible for residential fishing licenses. However, the VFWD offers a variety of non
resident fishing licenses to visitors. Non resident fishing license options include:
Annual Fishing License: $51
Five Year Fishing License: $249
Youth Fishing License (ages 15 through 17): $15
One Day Fishing License: $21
Three Day Fishing License: $23
Seven Day Fishing License: $31
Combination Hunting and Fishing License: $135
Five Year Combination Fishing and Hunting License: $669
Youth Combination Hunting and Fishing License (under 18 years of age): $30
Note: Non resident fishing permit fees are subject to change without notice.
Fishing Education in Vermont
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department offers a variety of educational opportunities for child and
adult anglers throughout the state. With a focus on conservation, educational resources vary in scope
and focus. Opportunities such as the Green Mountain Conservation Summer Camp give kids between the
ages of 12 and 14 a chance to learn about how to help conservation efforts concerning wildlife and
fisheries. The Natural Resources Management Academy offers high school students a chance to explore
Vermont wildernesses. The Project WILD Aquatic workshop also teaches kids the importance of aquatic
conservation on the fishing community and state residents as a whole.
Fishing Organizations in Vermont
Regardless of the amount of practice an angler has, individuals can gain further knowledge and a
better skills set by relying on experienced anglers for direction. Luckily, Vermont is home to a
number of recreational fishing organizations operating throughout the state. Popular fishing clubs
The Chittenden County Bassmasters.
The Lake Dunmore Bassmasters.
The Hunters, Anglers and Trappers Association of Vermont, Inc.
The Chittenden County Bassmasters is a recreational club focused on fun events that meet every month
throughout the summer, as well as in the winter. Made up mostly of Lake Champlain anglers, the group
holds regular fishing tournaments, while focusing onaquatic conservation.
The Lake Dunmore Bassmasters is a fishing club that was created in 2009 with the goal of creating a
fun atmosphere of local events and fishing tournaments for members to participate in. Promoting safe
angling practices, the Lake Dunmroe Bassmasters brings together anglers of all skill levels from the
area for regular events and tournaments.
The Hunters, Anglers and Trappers Association of Vermont, Inc. focuses its resources on helping all
skill levels of hunters, anglers and trappers practice their craft. Through collaborations with state
agencies, the association brings attention and helps efforts to conserve wildlife in Vermont while
also fostering a strong sense of community.