Flowing 112 miles from Green Mountain National Forest to Lake Champlain, Otter Creek is Vermont’s longest river. It’s an unbelievably diverse watershed that attracts fisherman from far and wide. Seven top spill dams offer great wading opportunities, and the creek’s mixed fishery allows you to target many different species. Whether you’re an avid angler or have never cast a line, fishing Otter Creek, VT is an exciting and fun way to spend an afternoon! Here are some things you should you know about the river.
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Spend a Day Fishing Otter Creek, VT
Upper Otter Creek
The upper section of Otter Creek is brook trout water. Several streams flowing from the Green Mountains and the Taconic Mountain ranges form this section, and most of the streams are spring fed. These tributaries have excellent stream-bred trout reproduction and are also stocked by the state of Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
Mid to Lower Otter Creek
Lower Otter Creek is an interesting mixed fishery that starts in Rutland and flows north through Middlebury and Vergennes. Much of this section is inhabited by warm water species such as northern pike, smallmouth bass, and fallfish. It also offers some of the best winter trout fishing in Vermont. Be sure to check the fishing conditions before you head out.
When to Fish
Ask anyone about the best time to enjoy fishing Otter Creek, VT, and you’ll likely hear “anytime!” If you’re looking for trout, we recommend visiting in the spring. May is an especially exciting month because the fish feed on bugs on the surface of the water. Summer is also a great time to catch northern pike, large or smallmouth bass, or carp. Autumn can be fun because it’s technical and the water is low, and a mild winter in Vermont means the fish will stay active. Otter Creek is open for fishing year-round.
Attend The Otter Creek Classic
Want to try your hand at competitive fly fishing? Sign up for The Otter Creek Classic! This catch-and-release tournament is held in April and is the first event of its kind in the state of Vermont. It includes two days of fishing, a post-tournament BBQ, and an awards ceremony. All profits from The Classic are donated to the New Haven River Anglers Association.
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