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Vermont fishing regulations to change in new year

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) —Vermont anglers will have some opportunities for year-round fishing in some of the state's lakes, ponds and rivers after the new year.

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says the 11 new river sections will have catch-and-release trout fishing with artificial flies or lures outside of the normal trout fishing season, opening more than 70 miles of river to year-round trout fishing.

In addition open water catch-and-release bass fishing will be possible for all lakes, ponds and reservoirs not listed as "seasonally closed waters." The rule does not apply to ice fishing.

Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry says the new fishing regulations will greatly expand angling opportunities and help promote open-water fishing.

Details of the new regulations are available on the department's website.

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