Spring weather has finally arrived in Vermont, and with it, the mountain snow is melting, filling the rivers and lakes that make up the Winooski watershed. As the temperatures warm, the insects and the fish that feed on them are waking up, meaning it's time to go fishing in Stowe. With seven rivers within ten miles of Stowe, there's ample opportunity to go fly and spin fishing for bass and trout. Get your fishing permit online, and get ready for your trip with our tips for fishing in Stowe.
Trout fishing season began in mid-April in Vermont, and there are several great places in the area to fish either stocked ponds or rivers. Sterling Pond is a popular spot to fly fish, accessible by a short, steep hike up to the pond near Mount Mansfield. But for advice on the best places to go fishing in Stowe, head to the Fly Rod Shop on Waterbury Rd. in Stowe. This tackle and bait shop can provide you with river condition reports, with up-to-date information on what's biting and where. The staff here will ensure you're using the right fly and even offers free casting clinics. Sign up for this one-hour lesson at the small pond behind the shop, and learn the terminology, equipment, and how to cast. Rent gear from the shop to try your hand at scoring a brookie or a bass.
While there are plenty of spots to cast from the shoreline while fishing in Stowe, you may want to enjoy the help of a guided tour on a river or lake. The Fly Rod offers guided trips for every fisherman, from instructional fly fishing tours for beginners to drift boat trips for those looking for tips. Catamount Fishing Adventure is another area guide that offers guided trips on canoes, motorboats, and from the shore. All supplies are provided on these half or full day trips. Whether you're a lifelong fisherman or looking to try your hand at a new hobby, springtime fishing in Stowe is a great way to get started!