Beginning in the mid 1990s, Vermont began requiring persons planning to hold a fishing tournament to first obtain a permit from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Permitting lets biologists and game wardens know when and where tournaments are occurring. Biologists can then collect biological information that is used for managing the fisheries and assuring healthy fish populations.
The greatest number of tournaments are held on Lake Champlain, Lake Bomoseen and the Connecticut River. Various other lakes and streams also host smaller numbers of events. Most of the tournaments held in Vermont are catch-and-release bass tournaments.
Tournaments contribute to the Vermont economy. Anglers care about the health of Vermont's aquatic resources. They contribute toward conservation by purchasing licenses and strive to protect the healthy ecosystems necessary to good fishing.