Looking for a new winter activity? Here’s how to get a free ice fishing lesson

Vermonters who need an excuse to bundle up and venture outside from January through March might consider gathering their warmest socks and signing up for a free ice fishing clinic.

Expert fishermen with the state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offer nine hands-on classes to members of the public, starting January 7.

Ice safety will be at the top of the list, followed by techniques and tips for landing various species of fish.

All equipment will be provided, according to a statement from the department. Each clinic will last 2h30 to 3h.

“Everyone is welcome, regardless of their level of experience,” wrote Corey Hart, an education specialist. “We want it to be fun and useful for everyone. “

Participants should dress for the weather, bring a bucket or chair to sit on and take “lots of hot chocolate,” he added.

Weather and ice conditions could shape the final program, and Hart encourages attendees to register early and stay informed on the department’s website for other clinics.

Precise clinic locations will be provided after registration.

The schedule to date:

January 7 – Access area to the Joes pond, Danville. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. (emphasis on smelt).

January 8 – Access area to Lake Paran, Bennington; 8:30 am – 11:30 am

January the 21st – Lake St. Catherine State Park– Boat Launch, Poultney. 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (The focus is on trout).

22 january – Area of ​​access to singing cedars, Orwell; 9 a.m. – noon.

22 january – Dewey pond, Quechee; 9 a.m. – noon.

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February 5 – Dewey pond, Quechee; 8 am-12pm (introductory course + youth fishing tournament).

February 6 – Shelburne Pond, Shelburne; 9 a.m. – noon.

February 15 – Dewey pond, Quechee; 9 a.m. – noon.

February 26 – Retreat Meadows, Brattleboro; 9 a.m. – noon.

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Ice fishing enthusiasts walk on the ice of Lake Champlain south of Sandbar State Park in Milton on Thursday January 19, 2012.

Registration for clinics is mandatory and is done online at vtfishandwildlife.com/node/495.

For more information, contact the Fish & Wildlife Department at (802) 505-5562 or by email [email protected]

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Contact reporter Joel Banner Baird at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Burlington Free Press: Embrace the Cold: Vermont Wildlife Experts Offer Ice Fishing Lessons

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