Vermont trout season opens April 14

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MONTPELIER — Vermont's traditional trout fishing season is set to open April 14, and despite recent cold weather and lingering snow cover across the state, officials from Vermont Fish & Wildlife say anglers can be successful early in the season by following a few basic tips.

"Just like any other time of year, anglers fishing early in the spring should adjust their tactics based on the conditions," said state fisheries biologist Bret Ladago. "Given the cold weather and runoff from recent storms and snow melt, water levels will be high, flows will be faster than normal and water temperatures will be cold. "As a result, anglers may want to target small to medium low-elevation rivers and streams where flows are slow and waters will warm more quickly," Ladago said. "Finding water that isn't too muddy can be key, and slowing your lure or bait retrieval will help tempt sluggish trout into biting."

Trout will often hold close to the bottom during high flow conditions to conserve energy.

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