State offering new introductory fishing seminars

MONTPELIER, — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a series of introductory seminars this spring on a variety of fishing techniques.
These clinics are open to people of all ages and levels of experience, including those who are completely new to fishing. Participants will learn about aquatic ecology, fishing regulations and techniques, fish identification, and much more.
“With the arrival of spring comes new opportunities to go fishing and to try a new fishing technique or target a new fish species,” said Corey Hart, coordinator of the Let’s Go Fishing program.
Addison County will host two of the seminars. The first is Introduction to Bullhead Fishing, on Friday, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., in Panton. The clinic will explore different fishing styles to target bullhead, which are found in many of the shallower, muddier lakes, ponds, and rivers of Vermont. Brown bullhead, like other species in the catfish family, are nocturnal bottom feeders, so the clinic will take place in the evening when they are beginning to be active.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh will host a seminar on fish processing on Wednesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will learn how to catch and prepare their own dinner. The program will focus on how to cut up a variety of fish species quickly, easily, and safely, as well as how to safely store just-caught fish to keep it fresh for eating. Veteran anglers may also learn a few tricks to make processing fish easier and more efficient, as well as ways to maximize the amount of meat harvested from each fish.
Equipment for these seminars will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather as the programs will take place outside. All seminars are free, and participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks or meal.
Space is limited to the first 30 registrants and seminars fill up quickly, so sign up as early as possible. Pre-registration is required and can be completed at vtfishandwildlife.com. Directions to the meeting spot will be given upon registering.

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