The Fish Division is responsible for the conservation and management of all fish and aquatic habitats throughout Vermont.

large rainbow troutStaff members are engaged in a wide variety of activities, including:


  • Monitoring populations of sport fish species, endangered species, and their habitats;
  • Cooperating in the research, management, and restoration of fish communities in the Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, Hudson River, and Connecticut River Basins;
  • Monitoring fish health; regulating fish importation;
  • Preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species;
  • Controlling sea lamprey in Lake Champlain;
  • Evaluating current and preparing new fishing harvest regulation recommendations for lake trout, brook trout, perch, northern pike, walleye, bass, and other species;
  • Participating in the protection of aquatic species and critical aquatic habitat through regulatory processes such as Act 250, Aquatic Organism Passage, and technical assistance; and
  • Preparing educational materials.


  • Operating five state fish hatcheries that rear and stock trout, salmon, and walleye annually for recreational and restoration purposes.


  • Maintaining 170 developed fishing access areas, and a variety of riparian lands that provide public access to waters in Vermont for shore fishing opportunities and launching of water craft.
Use this link to look up the phone or email address of department personnel, by Name, Division, Town, or Phone Number.

Use this link to learn more about our fisheries staff or click on the individual's name.

Director of Fisheries: Eric Palmer
Environmental Assessment: Pete McHugh
Facility and Lands Admin: Mike Wichrowski
Access Area Coordinator: Dylan Smith
Fisheries Program Managers: Rich Kirn, Chet MacKenzie
Fisheries Biologists: Brian Chipman, William Eldridge, Pete EmersonShawn Good, Jud Kratzer, Bret LadagoBernie Pientka, Lee SimardLael Will
Fish & Wildlife Specialists: David Gibson,  Joel Flewelling, Toni Mikula, Ryan Smith, Tony Smith