MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to get people interested in ice fishing by allowing people to fish through the ice without a license for one day.

Saturday, Jan. 25 is going to be Vermont's free ice fishing day when anyone - resident or nonresident - can go fishing without a license. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry says the department worked with the Legislature to create a free ice fishing day to encourage people try ice fishing.

Fisheries biologist Brian Chipman says Lake Champlain is Vermont's premier fishing destination and it attracts twice as much fishing activity during the winter as during the summer.

He says yellow perch is the mainstay of the winter fishery, but many ice anglers find good fishing for other species.