REMINDER: Vermont to hold 2nd annual Free Ice Fishing Day Festival
Posted on 01/27/2015
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REMINDER: Vermont to hold 2nd annual Free Ice Fishing Day Festival on January 31

COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department would like to remind the public that Vermont’s 2nd annual statewide Free Ice Fishing Day is set to take place on Saturday, January 31 and will be highlighted by a free ice fishing festival at the Mallets Bay Fishing Access Area on Lake Champlain in Colchester. 
Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day, which began in 2014, enables residents and non-residents alike to go ice fishing anywhere in Vermont for the day without a fishing license.
“Ice fishing is a fun way for people of all ages to get outside and enjoy Vermont’s natural resources during the winter months,” said Louis Porter, commissioner of Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “It’s also a great family activity and we hope that the public will take advantage of this opportunity to try out the world-class ice fishing that Vermont has to offer.”

The ice fishing festival, which will be held in conjunction with the Champlain Valley Hardwater Tournament Series, will begin with registration at 1 p.m.
The festival will feature a variety of activities including knot-tying demonstrations, an underwater fish-viewing station and a fish filleting and frying booth. Information will also be provided on ice fishing tips and tactics, ice safety, fish identification and fish habitat.

Additionally, attendees will be able to watch the CVHTS weigh-in at 2 p.m., and then fish with CVHTS professional anglers who will be sticking around to share their skills and knowledge of ice fishing with others.

Warming huts and snacks will be available to keep people comfortable, and there will be ice fishing equipment giveaways, while supplies last, to kids in attendance. Drawings will also take place for a number of other prize items, including a lifetime Vermont youth fishing license.
“The festival is a great event for anyone interested in ice fishing – including those who might want to try it for the first time,” said Nicole Corrao, outreach specialist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “Ice fishing is an extremely fun, easy and inexpensive winter activity, not to mention fresh, locally harvested fish is hard to beat. We encourage all to come out and join us for a day of fun on the ice at Mallets Bay.”

For more information or to preregister for the ice fishing festival, go to