Do you need open water in order to fish? No. Rise Vermont will be talking about ice fishing locally, and how it can be done simply right here in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Vermont offers the greatest variety of high-quality freshwater ice fishing in New England. An activity such as ice fishing is a great way to socialize with your family, perform physical activity and explore the local outdoors.

One of the concerns our community has is fitting activities for themselves or their family into their busy schedules. Ice fishing can flex around your schedule allowing you to go any time of the day. Even though it can be a very relaxing activity to do with your family in the winter you always want to make sure safety is first.  Listed below are a few different guidelines to use while ice fishing:


  • Know the thickness of the ice beforehand
  • Let someone know where you’re going
  • Wear proper clothing, and bring extra
  • White ice or ‘snow ice’ is about half the strength of clear ice
  • Booming and cracking isn’t necessarily dangerous, just can be the ice contracting and expanding due to temperature changes
  • Fishing license (required)
  • Ice fishing season (3rd Saturday of January – March 15th)

Living in Franklin and Grand Isle it gives us all access to some remarkable fishing locations and different opportunities to catch many varieties of fish such as: Northern Pike, Trout, Salmon, Lake Trout, Walleyes and panfish (yellow perch).

All of these guidelines are just a few of the many that you should look into before venturing outdoors on the ice. All activities can be fun, as long as safety is prioritized. Rise Vermont wants to make sure that you and your family are able to explore everything northwestern Vermont has to offer. If you try this activity we’d love to hear about it, so make sure to share it on our Facebook page.