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Brookfield is a charming rural town in Orange County, Vermont, best known for its picturesque autumn foliage and sweeping landscapes. People often come here to spend quality time together out in nature and to take a break from their busy lives. Brookfield is best known for its Floating Bridge, one of the last of its kind in the country, which spans over the sweeping waters of Sunset Lake surrounded by Vermont’s towering mountains in the distance. This beloved town landmark is a local meeting spot for old-timers, residents, and local anglers that enjoy telling stories while casting their fishing lines into the calm waters of the lake. If you’re visiting the state of Vermont, you’ll definitely want to pass by Brookefield!

Brookfield: Lakes and Ponds

Fishing on a floating bridge is surely one to cross off any angler’s bucket list. However, Brookfield's Baker Pond has a lot to offer against the more famous Sunset lake, and Rood Pond is the ideal place to go winter fishing. You’ll find plenty of gamefish here, which include:

  • Largemouth bass - fishing for them during summer is best!
  • Smallmouth bass - these popular gamefish can put up a fight
  • Brook trout - best during spring before the waters begin to get warmer
  • Yellow perch - tasty and available all year, even during winter
Fish species
Smallmouth Bass 
Smallmouth Bass  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 27"

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

American Yellow Perch
American Yellow Perch fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Backcountry

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 1" - 10"

Brook Trout 
Brook Trout  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 10 Pounds

Length: 10" - 34"

Brookfield: Man & Nature

1.Fish on Sunset Lake’s Floating Bridge

You have to see the Floating Bridge in Brookfield. A trip there wouldn’t be complete without it. Sunset Lake and its bridge is the main tourist draw, especially between September to December when autumn is in full bloom and the picture-perfect autumn foliage is in full bloom. You might even get to chat and meet with some local anglers while you’re there.

2. Enjoy Picturesque Views

The best way to enjoy the sweeping landscapes of Brookfield is to head over to Allis State Park, which is Vermont’s second state park. Founded in 1928, you can climb up the hill or the lookout tower for the best view of the majestic scenery and mountains. 

3. Watch How Maple Syrup is Made

If you love maple syrup, then you’ll want to bring home a bottle of authentic Vermont-made products. Sillowy Maple in Brookfield has been making its syrup since the 1940s and offers a tour of their facility to watch how it's made. You can even go hiking in the surrounding woods that are filled with maple trees where all the sweet sugary goodness comes from! 

Fishing Techniques
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing
Spinning
Spinning