Borrow fishing poles from Bobber Bob and LCI for you and your family!
Need a fishing pole and some tackle? No problem! Borrow a rod and reel and some tackle from LCI for you and your family, check out the interactive fishing spot map
, grab some bait, and GO FISHING!
What Is It?
LCI's fishing pole loan program is here for folks who don't own fishing equipment but want to give fishing a try. We provide you rods and reels and some fishing tackle for your family to borrow and an intro to fishing guide book to keep for free! We can suggest some good fishing spots nearby and far away, some tips to catch fish, tips to have fun, and anything else you might want to know about fishing.
How Does It Work?
To borrow fishing equipment, simply email juliana@champlain
.ngo with your request. Include in your email how many people in your family will need a pole and which day and time you would like to pick up the equipment. Please note that we will do our best to accommodate your preferred pick-up time, but we may need to find another time as the LCI staff members are often out of the office for meetings, programming, presentations and more. Be sure that an LCI employee confirms the day and time for your pick-up to make sure we got your request. Equipment can be picked up and returned Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm at the LCI office, which is located at 531 Main Street in Colchester, VT
(Click here for map
). Poles can be borrowed for a maximum of five days.
When you come to pick up the equipment, please bring your photo ID and a $15 deposit per pole borrowed. The deposit can be cash or through a credit or debit card. The entire deposit will be refunded in full when the equipment is returned. The deposit is necessary to ensure folks return the equipment for others to use another time.
Why Does This Program Exist?
We believe that fishing connects people with our water resources. With this connection, we are much more willing to protect the health of our waters and fisheries. Healthy waters and fish are vital to the well-being of public health, the economy, and the vibrancy of our communities. Fishing teaches a lot of life lessons, too, such as respect, patience, concentration, and self-suffiency. Several studies have shown that fishing can bring families and communities closer together while improving mental health. After all, fishing is a great family activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and physical abilities!
This program exists to get more people out on our streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes fishing. The more people who are fishing, the more people who are protecting our waters and fisheries, teaching kids important life lessons, strengthening relationships, and having fun!
What Else Will I Need?
In addition to the fishing equipment you borrow from LCI, you'll likely want some or all of the following:
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