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When the Little River was dammed, it created the Waterbury Reservoir. Little River flows into the reservoir at its north end and out of the reservoir via controlled flow at its southern end. The reservoir features clear water and a bottom consisting of a mix of sand, silt, gravel, boulders, and ledge.

Quality fish habitat ranges from submerged trees and brush to rocky points, bluff walls, gravel banks, and some aquatic vegetation.

Waterbury Reservoir provides anglers with the opportunity to fish diverse fish-holding habitats including submerged woody cover, rocky points, bluff walls, and some aquatic vegetation. Fallen trees cover a wide range of depths and will produce fish during all open water months.

A good portion of the reservoir’s shoreline consists of steep rock walls that can be very productive for smallmouth bass during the warmest months. Fish these walls with unweighted soft plastic lures and suspending jerk baits.

If you are looking for a rush, get out in the early morning and enjoy a fantastic topwater bite! While fishing with these tactics, anglers may also hook into some nice yellow perch, rainbow trout, and brown trout.

Shoreline fishing opportunities abound at Waterbury Center State Park and via various trails around the reservoir. Wild brook trout and rainbow trout can also be found in Stevenson Brook, which flows through Little River State Park on the southern end of the reservoir.  Or you can take a canoe, kayak, or motorboat to any fishing spots on your radar! 

Our Mission

Friends of Waterbury Reservoir (FWR) is a Vermont-registered 501C3 non-profit organization committed to protecting and enhancing Waterbury’s ecological, historical, recreational, and community values Reservoir.

Our Vision

The Waterbury Reservoir is a thoughtfully maintained, safe, and clean public-access recreation area located at the crossroads of world-class resort towns and yet offers a remote experience for users. The Waterbury Reservoir is recognized as a unique resource and important conservation and economic asset for the people of the state of Vermont.