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Destination Recreation: Trout Season

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WATERBURY, Vt. - Raymond Desilets has been fishing for a long time.

"Probably 5 or 6 I started fishing with my dad," he says.

Today it's still a family activity. He's fishing with his 5-year-old grandaughter, Abigail, and 2 short years ago she reeled in a quite a catch.

"She says I think I have a fish, I said well reel it in. I turned around and her rod was like this. She has a 14 1/2" rainbow right there," he says.

Now Raymond is not the only one hooked on fishing -- Abigail wants to catch a fish bigger than her grandpa.

While that might be a little difficult, your odds of catching a trout will soon be getting better. Area bodies of water are still really cold, but they'll begin to warm up a bit in the coming weeks. As this happens the state will start stocking a lot of fish; in total more than a million salmon and trout.

Already some ponds with melting ice have been stocked. But experts say it'll be a little longer for the streams and rivers.

"For the streams and rivers we don't stock them early. We tend to wait for the spring run off to pass, because you don't want to put a bunch of trout into a river and then have it come up and then they end up in the field somewhere," says Eric Palmer with Vermont Fish & Wildlife.

In the meantime Raymond says it might take some extra time to catch a trout.

"Patience, and they do bite slower, it seems so early in the season; they'll nibble at it, they don't really hit it hard," he says.

Kids can fish for free up until the age of 15, and after that, you need a license. Trout season runs through the end of October.

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