- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - People interested in trying ice fishing will be able to do so without buying a fishing license on Vermont’s third “Free Ice Fishing Day.”

This year’s event is scheduled for Jan. 30.

To help celebrate the occasion, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding an Ice Fishing Festival at Lake Elmore State Park in Elmore. The free festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Instructors will be on hand to teach ice fishing basics such as knot tying, baiting, using an ice fishing rod, and most importantly, how to stay warm on the ice.

Fisheries Biologist Jud Kratzer says the festival will demonstrate that ice fishing isn’t just about catching fish, but also a great way to spend time outdoors with kids.

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