Nestled in Rutland County, Vermont is a town brimming with old-fashioned charm going by the equally whimsical name of Castleton. Endowed with vast lakes surrounded by mountains and lush greenery, Castleton, VT should be on your bucket list as the most tranquil fishing location you’ll ever visit.
The town was chartered in 1761 and had its first few settlers by 1770. Castleton’s famous landmark, Birdseye Mountain, is named after Colonel Amos Bird, one of the town’s first settlers. During the 1770s, it was the site of famous battles, memorialized by the preservation of the Hubbardton Battlefield. Despite the fires and wars that have occurred on Castleton territory, the town has managed to keep much of its 200-year-old architecture. Castleton’s gothic appeal is best demonstrated by Main Street, a mile-long tree-clad road packed with Greek Revival and Federal-style buildings and houses. Main Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Being a town of quaint character and well-preserved historical sites, Castleton has a rich fishing scene with several state parks such as Bomoseen and Half Moon Pond. The town’s wet continental climate means it has cold, snowy winters that are perfect for ice fishing, and warm summers for bass fishing. Castleton is the quiet, historical fishing destination you’ve been dreaming of.