Fishing at Lake Iroquois, Vermont

by Cicely A. Richard

Lake Iroquois consists of 243 acres of water, bordered by the Vermont towns of St. George, Hinesburg, Williston and Richmond. The lake features views of Vermont's Green Mountains, making it a picturesque fishing destination. Fish found in its waters include bullhead, bass, perch, sunfish and pickerel. As you fish at Lake Iroquois, don't be surprised if you see deer, moose, turtles, ducks and otters in the landscape.

Lake Iroquois Recreation District

The Lake Iroquois Recreation District covers 150 acres of land along the lake and extends to the surrounding towns of Hinesburg, Richmond, St. George and Williston. The beach area serves as a fishing spot during the recreation area's off-season, before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. According to the town of Williston's website, it is a popular spot on spring nights when the bullfish are biting. Brown bullheads, a member of the catfish family, have six whiskers and a flat mouth, as well as olive-brown or dark-brown skin and sharp spines on their fins.

Recreation District Rules

The Lake Iroquois Recreation District does not allow the launching of motor boats on the beach; however, the use of internal combustion motor boats on the lake is permitted. There are boat launching and docking areas at marked locations if you have your own boat. There is a fee to park or launch your water vessel.

Fishing Licenses

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department requires fishing licenses for residents and nonresidents of the state. If you are a resident, you have the option of purchasing an annual license or a 3-day fishing license. As a nonresident, you may purchase an annual license or a 1-, 2- or 7-day fishing license. Fishermen 15- to 17-years-old must get a youth fishing license. Children younger than 15 do not need a fishing license to accompany you on your trip to Lake Iroquois. The Fish & Wildlife Department website has an online application or you can mail your application to the Waterbury office.

Fishing Lures

Fishermen are prohibited from using lead sinkers that weigh 1/2 oz. or less in Vermont waters, including Lake Iroquois. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department enacted the law on January 1, 2007 in an effort to prevent loons, ducks and other waterfowl from suffering from lead poisoning if they swallow the sinkers. Water birds also may be poisoned from eating fish that have hooks and sinkers still in their mouths. The Department suggests getting free unleaded samples at its district offices, select state parks, fish hatcheries and fishing clinics.

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