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Vermont's Family-Friendly Fishing Hot Spots

Northern Region

Lake Memphremagog,
Newport City

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Description:  Gardner Park offers great fishing access for families. The park is located at the mouth of the Clyde River on the shores of Lake Memphremagog and has a large mowed area which makes casting from shore easy. There is also a foot bridge across a narrow portion of Lake Memphremagog where a child can simply drop bait right over the side of the bridge without casting. There is also playground equipment and ball fields in case the fishing is slow.

Species:  Yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, bullhead catfish, rock bass, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass can be caught from spring through fall, but the fishing for these species is especially good in the spring and early summer during their spawning runs. Chain pickerel and northern pike can also be caught from spring through fall. Landlocked salmon and steelhead rainbow trout can be caught in early spring and in the fall, especially near the mouth of the Clyde River.  

Techniques:  Live worm or minnow fished under bobber or on the bottom. Senko-style worms, tube jigs, spoons, and spinners are artificial lures worth trying. Learn more »

Directions:  From Interstate-91, take the VT-191 exit, EXIT 27, toward US-5/Newport. Follow VT-191 toward Newport about 2 miles. Turn left onto US-5. After about 0.1 miles, turn left onto Gardner Park Rd. To fish from the foot bridge, park at the Waterfront Plaza on the opposite side of US-5. Get directions » Garnder Park - Newport VT
Gardner Park is located at the mouth of the Cylde River

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