Missisquoi River Fishing Festival hosts nearly 100 people to celebrate recreating on the river
On Saturday, May 13th, the Missisquoi River Fishing Festival was hosted by the Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Central Vermont Trout Unlimited, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Enosburgh Conservation Commission, Missisquoi River Basin Association, and others in Enosburg. This event was designed for families and people of all ages to celebrate fishing in Franklin County. With a number of stations, activities, fishing, and opportunities to learn, the Fishing Festival hoped to encourage more people to connect with the rivers, fish, and wildlife travelling through our communities.
It was a great day on the Missisquoi River with stations to learn about:
Identifying Fish with VT Fish & Wildlife
Sustainable Fishing Station
Fishing in the Missisquoi
Franklin County Resources Station
Underwater Videos Station
Knot Tying Station
Fly Tying Station
Connecting Streams Station
Make a Pond Station
Backyard Bass Fishing Station
We hosted a raffle at which most attendees were able to take home a bit of fishing gear with them from Hog Island Market to keep the fun going all summer! Thanks to Sessions Food Truck and Trailer for providing food on site for purchase for folks who attended. And thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer, fish, learn, and celebrate the river that runs through our communities!
This event was part of the 2023 What's Out Here? Series which aims to bring together groups to host events to inspire communities to get outside, explore with others, and learn more about the natural resources around them. The more we know about what's out here, the more we can do to protect and restore!
This event was funded by the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee.
Resources to learn more:
Fishing Resources from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/fish
Conservation Resources from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/conserve
Resources from the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program from the US Fish and Wildlife Service: https://www.fws.gov/program/partners-fish-and-wildlife
Resources from Trout Unlimited - Central Vermont Chapter: https://vttu.org/
Where to purchase fishing gear: Hog Island Market: https://www.facebook.com/HogIslandMarket/
Information on Fishing Licenses: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/licenses-and-lotteries/license-center
Information on Fishing Licenses for members of Vermont state recognized tribal citizens: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/newsroom/vermont-state-recognized-tribal-citizen-licenses-available-in-2021