Fishing

Get hooked!

With more than 400 square miles of surface area, 70 islands, and 120 miles of trolling possibilities, anglers visiting the Lake Champlain Region will never get bored with the possibilities. Not only do they have to grapple with which section of water they want to hit, they also have to decide which species to target; the options are never-ending. Flanked to the west by the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and to the east by the Green Mountains of Vermont, Lake Champlain holds numerous state records for many species. Thanks to a reciprocal license agreement between the states, anglers needn't worry about state lines beneath the waves in both the Main or South Lake (below the Lake Champlain Bridge) regions.

Lake Champlain is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the US. It is such a popular fishery that NYS Department of Environmental Conservation featured this large freshwater lake in its 2017-18 Official Regulations Guide. Pick up a copy at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center, or where you purchase your NYS fishing license.

First class for bass 

The Bassmaster Tournament Series consistently ranks Lake Champlain in its top 100 bass fisheries, where quantity, quality, and even scenery are important factors. In fact, Lake Champlain has ranked in the top 25 several times, and was even awarded the number 5 rank in 2012, but if you speak with any of the pro-anglers, you may find an even higher ranking

 

Whether it is smallmouth or largemouth bass you are after; Lake Champlain has an abundance of both and the bass fishing is excellent!  

The Bassmaster Tournament Series hosts several Pro/Am events on Lake Champlain throughout the year, but casual fishermen and women also have ample opportunity to reel in their fair share of largemouth and smallmouth bass — along with 75 other fish variations — by land or by boat.

 Check out our downloadable 2017 Fishing Tournament Schedule!

Lure you in

The central and southern portions of Lake Champlain are known as bass country. That's why you can’t gaze across the water without noticing the generous peppering of bass boats during tournaments. Pro-anglers recognize that the dense weed beds and rocky drop-offs here are the perfect bass habitat.

More than a dozen state or municipally owned boat launches are ready and waiting to get you in the water

and will provide ample parking for your vehicle. Hard surfaced boat ramps make for easy lake access for your rig. If you want to give bass fishing a try, experienced guides are available to introduce you to the techniques and provide all of the appropriate tackle.

How about those trout

Lake Champlain boasts excellent lake trout (laker) fishing; landlocked salmon too! With cooler water temperatures in early spring and late fall you may find them anywhere in the Main Lake (Plattsburgh south to Port Henry). Shoreline, dock, and pier fishermen often have success in very early spring after the ice is out. During warmer water summer months, experts recommend you find them below 35 feet down and most often north of Westport where the water is deeper.

If you are more of a stream fishermen looking for the other trout species, the region's numerous streams are stocked with brook, brown, and rainbow trout by both the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Essex County Fish Hatchery. Many waterways in the region also hold wild trout, adding to the challenge.

While Lake Champlain jumps off of the map, be sure not to overlook other hot spots like the Boquet River, the LaChute River, Putt’s Creek, the Ausable River, Ensign and Bartlett ponds in Moriah, among others. 

Take time to explore

Put it all together and it's no surprise that fishermen and women flock to the Lake Champlain Region each year. You'll want to spend more than a day checking out our wide variety and first-class fishing sites, and we have plenty of options for you to hang your fishing hat at the end of the day, and grab a great meal as well and recharge for the next morning.

Get reelin'

Our local bait and tackle shops are ready and willing to help you see the action. Stop by and discuss your target species for the insider’s scoop, the best bait or lure and some target locations for that particular fish. Here you may find many local sport fishermen sharing stories and acting as ambassadors of the sport. Or, if you really want to accelerate the learning curve, you can hire one of our experienced fishing guides. They'll point you to the right spots, tell you which lure or bait to use, and you'll have great fishing your entire stay. So mark your calendars now, book a reservation at one of our numerous lodging or camping spots along the lake, and get ready to land the big one.

Tournaments abound

If you like some competition while you fish, there are tournaments from May to October to keep you busy. Check out the list of 2017 fishing tournaments.

ice on Lincoln Pond

The 721 acre Lincoln Pond is an accessible ice fishing option. The access is easy, the fishing often excellent, and the chance to land a big tiger muskie always a possibility.

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Location: 
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
Bulwagga Bay

This lovely bay is rumored to be the home of Champ, the Lake Champlain monster, because of the many "sightings." Talk...

Location: 
Bulwagga Bay Dr, Port Henry, 12974
Putnam Pond

This pond gets stocked with Muskellunge annually by Essex County Fish Hatchery. Wonderful hiking, at the edge of the Pharoah Lake Wilderness. Size: 185 Acres. Species: smallmouth bass, largemouth...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Willsboro Bay

This lovely bay can offer a sheltered area when Lake Champlain is stirred up by wind. Marina, rentals. Boat lauch site, County Route 27, east side, with a hard surface ramp and room for 100 cars...

Location: 
Marina Road, Willsboro, 12996
Long Pond

The mountains look down on some incredible fishing in this most scenic, and tranquil, location. Size: 400 acres. Species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, Yellow Perch.

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Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
Lake Champlain, the lake

Lake Champlain is our own Great Lake: It borders two countries, two states, is 122 miles long, has 600 miles of shoreline, and is home to over 80 species of fish. It is a four-season fisherman's...

Location: 
Rte 22, Westport, 12993
Putts Creek

Beginning at Penfield Pond in the hamlet of Ironville within the Town of Crown Point, Putts Creek empties into Lake Champlain just north of Monitor Bay at the NYS DEC Putts Creek Wildlife...

Location: 
County Route 2, Crown Point, 12928
La Chute River

Emptying Lake George into Lake Champlain, the LaChute River flows through Ticonderoga and is home to a number of species of fish. With five waterfalls along its 3.5 mile length, it can be a...

Location: 
Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, 12883
Trout Pond - Newcomb

Excellent brook trout pond. Hence, the name. Near the famous Tahawus Club. Stocked by Essex County Fish Hatchery. Species: Bluegill, Bowfin, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bullhead, Carp, Channel...

Location: 
Perch Pond Rd, Newcomb, 12852
In Search of Fly Water
Location: 
99 The Portage, Ticonderoga, 12883
H2O Adventures
Location: 
795 NYS Route 22, Westport, 12993
Eastern View Outfitters
Location: 
POB 2326
Plattsburgh, Port Henry, 12974
Norm's Bait and Tackle
Location: 
286 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
Adirondack-Champlain Guide Service
Location: 
4629 NYS Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
Norm's Bait & Tackle Shanty Rentals
Location: 
286 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
Perfect Day Charters
Location: 

POB 91, Willsboro, 12996
Fins & Grins
Location: 
23 Lakeshore Drive, Westport, 12993
F.M.B. Bait
Location: 
4133 Main Street, Port Henry, 12974