- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says the mild winter and early spring could be a boon for an early trout season.

The 2016 trout season opens April 9.

State fisheries director Eric Palmer says the snow is either already gone or disappearing from riverbanks, so anglers should have good access to rivers and streams throughout the state.

He says water temperatures may warm up enough to get the trout moving and feeding early this year.

The department says nearly 20,000 large, “trophy” trout will be stocked throughout the state this year and anglers will be able to fish more than 18 miles of rivers and 25 lakes and ponds that are designated as trophy water.

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