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Guide to fishing for landlocked Atlantic salmon in VT.

Atlantic salmon

Landlocked Atlantic salmon are highly sought after in Vermont's lakes and rivers. These salmon are descendants of sea-run Atlantic salmon that were introduced to freshwater lakes and adapted to their landlocked environment. They are known for their incredible fighting spirit and acrobatic jumps when hooked, providing anglers with thrilling battles. Landlocked salmon typically weigh between 2 to 5 pounds, although some can reach even larger sizes, making them a prized catch among fishermen. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about salmon fishing and identify popular salmon waters in the state.

For anglers seeking a memorable fishing experience and the chance to land a magnificent salmon, Vermont's lakes and rivers provide a picturesque backdrop for a rewarding day of fishing. Whether casting from the shore or trolling on a boat, salmon fishing in Vermont promises an adventure that is sure to leave a lasting impression on any angler fortunate enough to pursue these magnificent fish.

Salmon Fishing Water in Vermont

Lake Champlain is the most prolific salmon lake in VT. Other major lakes in with healthy populations of landlocked Atlantic salmon include Harriman Reservoir, Lake Memphremagog, Lake Willoughby and Seymour Lake.

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Fishing for salmon in Vermont

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 12 lbs 10.4 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Vermont State Record Salmon

The state record Atlantic salmon was caught from Lake Champlain.

Vermont Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation


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