Vermont’s spring trout fishing opens April 12

first_imgVermont’s traditional trout fishing season opens Saturday, April 12 this year, and anglers are looking forward to spring fishing for brook, brown and rainbow trout in the Green Mountain State’s lakes and streams. Until then, eager anglers can capitalize on year-round catch-and-release trout fishing opportunities on nine river sections.The following Vermont river sections are open for year-round trout fishing using artificial lures or flies. All trout caught must be immediately released where they are caught._Black River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of the Lovejoy Dam in Springfield._Lamoille River – From the Lake Champlain boundary (top of Peterson Dam in Milton) upstream to the top of the hydroelectric Dam at Fairfax Falls._Lewis Creek – From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the State Prison Hollow Road (TH #3) bridge in Starksboro._Ompompanoosuc River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Union Village Dam in Thetford. _Otter Creek – From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to top of Center Rutland Falls in Rutland._West River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Townshend Dam (Townshend) to Connecticut River boundary._White River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the bridge on Route 107 in Bethel._Williams River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of the dam at Brockway Mills Falls in Rockingham._Winooski River – From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the Bolton Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury.“We know anglers are keen to wet a line as early as possible,” said Vermont Director of Fisheries Eric Palmer. “If weather conditions cooperate, these river sections will provide a great opportunity to do some catch-and-release trout fishing with artificials between now and the traditional start of trout season in April.”Vermont is known for excellent fishing opportunities for wild trout, and some of the biggest brown and rainbow trout are caught during early spring in many rivers throughout the state.“Willoughby River steelhead provide a popular spring fishery in the Northeast Kingdom at the Village of Orleans,” said Palmer. “These steelhead are on their spring spawning run from Lake Memphremagog, and they always attract a lot of interest, partly because they can be seen jumping the falls in Orleans.”As an added bonus, Vermont’s catch-and-release bass fishing season in lakes starts the same day as trout season on April 12 and continues through June 13. Only lures and flies may be used, and bass must be immediately released.The Fish & Wildlife Department is cautioning anglers that the use of felt-soled boots or waders in Vermont waters is prohibited in order to prevent the spread of the invasive algae called didymo.Anglers also are reminded to use sinkers that are not made of lead. It is unlawful to use a lead sinker weighing one-half ounce or less while fishing in Vermont. Weighted fly line, lead-core line, downrigger cannonballs, weighted flies, lure, spoons, or jig heads are not prohibited.Planning a Vermont spring fishing trip is easy. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has a 2014 Vermont Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Laws and Guide that includes maps showing lakes and streams as well as fishing access areas and public lands. It also lists the fish species found in each body of water and it includes fishing regulations. Copies are available where fishing licenses are sold, or from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Tel. 802-828-1000. You also can download sections of the publication from their website.The Vermont Outdoor Guides’ Association offers help in locating fishing guides and some overnight facilities on their website ( is external)). Additional help in finding a place to stay overnight can be found at ( is external)).Fishing license fees are $25.00 for adult residents, $8.00 for residents 15-17 years of age, $50.00 for adult nonresidents, and $15.00 for nonresidents 15-17 years old. One, three and seven day fishing licenses also are available for nonresidents. Children under age 15 do not need a fishing license in Vermont. Licenses are quickly and easily available on Fish & Wildlife’s website ( is external)) and at agents statewide.Willoughby River steelhead, like this one, provide a popular spring fishery in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Village of Orleans. These fish are on their spring spawning run from Lake Memphremagog during April and May. VTF&W photo by Wayne Larochelast_img read more

Challenge Vichy, ETU European Long Distance Champs, changes date for 2013

first_imgFollowing the extreme heat experienced at the last two Challenge Vichy races in France, the date for the 2013 race has been changed in an attempt to provide more optimal long distance triathlon racing conditions.Initially scheduled for 18 August 2013, in cooperation with the City of Vichy, ETU and the Challenge Family, Challenge Vichy has now been rescheduled two weeks later and will take place on 1 September 2013 when Challenge Vichy will host the ETU European Long Distance Championships.“After two very hot years, where it was very hard for us to organize in good conditions, we didn’t want to start a third race with the sword of Damocles over our head!” said Challenge Vichy Race Director, Gael Mainard.“We have looked at statistics from Météo France to see what time would be the best for a race with the sun… but not in the heat. The choice fell on the last weekend of August; on average over the last 10 years, it’s 5°C cooler in this period. This should also allow us to finally have cooler water in the Lac d’Allier so it can be a wetsuit swim.”Mainard added, “This new date will also help us to secure more volunteers and also provide more accommodation options for athletes as it is out of the main French holiday period.”Registration for 2013 will open on 5 September at 14:00 CET. Those athletes who raced in 2012 will shortly receive an email detailing how they can enter at the specially reduced rate of €190.Meanwhile, this September, SPORT+ in France will begin a series of four 52 minute broadcast reports on Challenge Vichy 2012. These broadcasts will be aired by the sports broadcaster on 19 September at 10:00, 17:00 and 00:55; then on 22 September at Relatedlast_img read more