Fishing Season: Second Saturday in April to Oct. 30 (See Year Round Season Special Regulations)

White River - VT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

43

Woodstock Inn's Tip of the Week

Currently, flows are dropping fast after the weekend rain and sit at 267 CFS as of Monday morning on the White River. Cold week ahead-fish the warmest part of the day. Please exercise safe wading, the rocks are very slippery and consider using a wading stick. Blaze orange hat/vest this time of year is a good idea. Reports of fish caught in the Upper River and Sharon down to West Hartford and having to work hard for a fish in the Upper River as fish are finding the deepest water to feed and prepare for winter. Please leave those Brown and Brook Trout alone when you see them setting up to spawn or in full spawning mode. Wooley Buggers, Crayfish, Hoppers, Streamers and Nymphs will do the trick. Cahills, Sulphers,Yellow Sally, Stoneflies, BWO's and Isonychias are out there. If you can't get them on dries consider using an emerger of what naturals flies you see. Hoppers are still are good move with a dropper. Hopper-Dropper may be the way to go in the shallow riffles. Streamers with colors will get their attention and using sinking line or sink tip can get those streamers down deep to the fish in the deeper water. The First Branch has been stocked with rainbow and brook trout from Chelsea down to the Fairgrounds. Reports of fish caught below the fairgrounds. The 3rd Branch has been stocked with Browns-go find them! Check for Midweek and Weekend updates on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides. THE WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT FLY SHOP @ the Activity Center is CLOSED for the season BUT... we will re-open in Mid-November at the Woodstock Inn & Resort Nordic Center.

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Map of White River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 11/21/22

Cold week ahead with air temps in the low 40's and overnight lows in the 20's to 30's. Friday/Saturday bring a small amount of rain that could turn to snow. Bundle up and fish the warmest part of the day. THE WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT FLY SHOP @ the Activity Center is CLOSED for the season BUT... we will re-open in Mid-November at the Woodstock Inn & Resort Nordic Center.

Techniques & Tips as of 11/21/22

Whether you are swinging flies or nymphing deep holes getting down to the fish is probably still the most important technique with and without indicators. Dry fly action has been productive with fish looking up and feeding especially in the evening for Sulphurs, Caddis, BWO's, Hendricksons, Stoneflies and Isonychias. Getting streamers down deep or pounding the bank gives you a shot at bass as well. THE WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT FLY SHOP @ the Activity Center will CLOSE on Sunday, October 30th for the season. Stay tuned for WINTER HOURS located at the Nordic Center!

Local Species Available Second Saturday in April to Oct. 30 (See Year Round Season Special Regulations)

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    Brook

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    Brown and Rainbow trout

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    Bass

Woodstock Inn's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer Black 8
Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph Tan 8
Prince Nymph N/A
Klinkhammer N/A
Wooley Bugger Black/Olive 8/10
Schroeder's Hi-Vis Hopper N/A
Tungsten Cone Head Woolly Bugger Black 6

Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer

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Woodstock Inn's Recommended Gear

Description: About White River

If you're not fishing during the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31), a section of the White River is open year-round for trout fishing. White River: From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the bridge on Route 107 in Bethel. The sections of streams listed below are open to trout fishing year round according to the following rules: Only artificial flies or lures are permitted outside of the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31). Catch and release only (trout must be immediately released where caught), except during the open season for trout. During open season for trout, follow normal size restrictions, daily limits and possession limits. The White River is a free-flowing, undamed, 60mile long tributary of the Connecticut River. It begins near the crest of the Green Mountains, flows east through the towns of Granville and turns south along Route 100 through the towns of Hancock and Rochester. This upper river section is home to wild Brook trout and Rainbows. The river follows Vermont Route 107 through the town of Stockbridge downstream to the town of Bethel, where the Third Branch enters the White River. The main stem of the river will continue past the Second Branch in Royalton and the First Branch in South Royalton. Brooks will feed the White from South Royalton to the confluence with the Connecticut River in White River Junction, VT.

Nearest Airport:

Rutland Regional, Lebanon, NH, Burlington, VT, Boston, MA

Best Stretch:

Upper: Rochester, Stockbridge. Lower: Royalton to West Hartford.

Best Access:

Bethel Bridge, South Royalton Bridge, Broad Brook Access, West Hartford Bridge