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Vt. Plans Free Ice Fishing Day

Montpelier (ap) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to get people interested in ice fishing.

Jan. 25 is going to be Vermont’s new free ice fishing day, when anyone, resident or nonresident, can go fishing without a license.

Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry said the department worked with the Legislature to create a free ice fishing day to encourage individuals, friends and families to get out and try ice fishing.

Fisheries biologist Brian Chipman said Lake Champlain is Vermont’s premier fishing destination and it attracts twice as much fishing activity during the winter as during the summer.

He said yellow perch is the mainstay of the winter fishery, but many ice anglers find good fishing for other species.