Fish & Wildlife fishing program offered at local state parks

MONTPELIER — Vermont State Parks and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department have expanded the popular “Reel Fun Vermont” program for 2017, meaning added fishing opportunities for park visitors statewide.
Reel Fun will be offered at six additional state parks this summer — including at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury and Button Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh — making fishing easy and accessible to even more park campers and day visitors.
Created in 2015, the “Reel Fun Vermont” program provides park visitors with free, loaner fishing equipment to use at any of the participating state parks.  The program is now available at 18 different state parks throughout Vermont.
In addition to Branbury and Button Bay, the state parks participating in 2017 are: Grand Isle and Burton Island State Parks on Lake Champlain; Bomoseen State Park on Lake Bomoseen; Brighton State Park on Spectacle Pond; Camp Plymouth State Park on Echo Lake; Elmore State Park on Lake Elmore; Emerald Lake State Park; Gifford Woods State Park on Kent Pond; Half Moon State Park on Half Moon Pond; Lake Carmi State Park; Lake St. Catherine State Park; Little River State Park on Waterbury Reservoir; Silver Lake State Park in Barnard; Stillwater State Park on Groton Lake; Wilgus State Park on the Connecticut River; and Woodford State Park on Adams Reservoir.
In addition to being able to sign out loaner rods, reels, fishing line and an assortment of lures, park visitors will have access to a fishing guide publication for the various “Reel Fun” parks, developed by Vermont Fish & Wildlife. 
Introductory fishing clinics coordinated through the “Let’s Go Fishing” program will also be held at many of the parks during the summer, helping people new to the sport learn the basics of fishing. Lastly, a full “Reel Fun Week” will be held from July 10 to July 17 to celebrate fishing at Vermont State Parks.
To find out more about Vermont State Parks, make a camping reservation or learn about day use, visit vtstateparks.com.
To learn more about fishing in Vermont or to purchase a fishing license, visit vtfishandwildlife.com.
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