ice fishing

Fana Cyr and his son Shane Cyr check one of the holes while ice fishing on the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro in this file photo.

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MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be conducting educational patrols during winter 2021 on Vermont lakes and ponds, with game wardens and educational staff teaming up to provide information and helpful hints.

“We know many anglers have questions they would like to ask a warden, and we also know anglers are always looking to learn new tips and tricks,” said education specialist Corey Hart.

Locally. education patrols will be held at Lake Paran in Bennington and at Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro on Sunday, Jan. 31.

The current pandemic prohibits formal educational programs. So as an alternative, anglers are encouraged to fish lakes hosting these educational patrols. Staff will be roaming the ice and will stop by to offer pointers or just chat with anglers about their season.

“This is a great opportunity for anglers new to fishing that are looking to improve their success or who have questions about fishing regulations,” said Chief Warden Col. Jason Batchelder.

The educational patrols will last one to two hours. Participants should bring their own equipment and set up on the ice and start fishing. Department staff will be roaming among the anglers and plan to spend at least 10 minutes per group depending on the number of anglers on the ice and the number of questions.

A list of dates, times and locations for the sessions are available at this link on Fish and Wildlife’s website:

For more information, email or call 802-505-5562.


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