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.

Russett Pond | Fishing

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of CR 6 and CR 7 in Mineville follow CR 7 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for around 3.5 miles to a fairly large dirt pull...

Location: 
CR 7, Mineville, 12956
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
Boquet River Main Stem

The Main Stem of the Boquet, the steepest river in New York state in terms of vertical drop from its origins to where it empties into Lake Champlain, begins in the upper reaches of Dix Mountain in...

Location: 
length of Essex County, Willsboro, 12996
Lincoln Pond

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Elizabethtown follow Route 9N toward Westport. Continue for just under a mile to Lincoln Pond...

Location: 
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
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.

Photo...

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
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
Thrall Dam Pond

It may not look like much on the map, but Thrall Dam Pond is a nice little getaway for anglers looking for brook trout close to town. Located just south of the town of Lewis, Thrall Dam is stocked...

Location: 
State Route 9, Lewis, 12950
Rogers Pond

Access from Angier Hill Road, follow a narrow brook to the main body of water. Size: 63 Acres. Species: Bluegill, Bowfin, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bullhead, Carp, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Drum,...

Location: 
Angier Hill Road, 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
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
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
Clear Pond | Fishing

Listed as one of the top brown trout waters in Essex County by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Clear Pond is also home to rainbow and brook trout, as well as their...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Mill Brook

Mill Brook is listed one of the top brown trout waters in Essex County by the New York State Department of Conservation. Beginning at Lake Champlain, the brook winds its way back through Port...

Location: 
Route 22, 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
The Branch

Simply known as “The Branch,” this tributary of the Boquet River winds its way through the town of Elizabethtown and offers good access for anglers in town. The stream has its beginnings on...

Location: 
Footbridge Park, Elizabethtown, 12932
ice on Lincoln Pond

Perhaps the most visible ice fishing option. The access is easy, the fishing often excellent, and the chance to land a big tiger muskie always a possibility.

Size: 721 acres. Species:...

Location: 
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
Mill and Murrey Ponds

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of CR 6 and CR 7 in Mineville follow CR 7 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for around 3-miles to a faint trail on the right...

Location: 
CR 7, Mineville, 12956
Spruce Mill Brook

Spruce Mill Brook is a major tributary to the Boquet River and features stocked brook and brown trout. The brook begins as a series of small feeder streams in the town of Lewis and joins the North...

Location: 
Dixon Road, Lewis, 12950
Eagle Lake

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of Route 74 and Route 9N in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 west toward Schroon Lake. Continue to the small Hamlet of Eagle...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
Tanaher Pond | Fishing

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of CR 6 and CR 7 in Mineville follow CR 7 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for around 3-miles to a faint dirt access road...

Location: 
CR 7, Mineville, 12956
Black River

Another of those Adirondack brook trout streams that flies under the angler’s, the Black River receives a good stocking from both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and...

Location: 
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
Lake Champlain, the ice

“The” lake is, obviously, Lake Champlain, the massive water for which the region is named and a world-class fishery any time of year. In winter, hard water anglers flock to the ice in search of...

Location: 
Bulwagga Bay, Port Henry, 12974
Boquet River North Branch

One of the major tributaries to the Boquet River, the North Branch flows through the towns of Willsboro and Lewis. It begins in small mountain tributaries in the town of Chesterfield. This branch...

Location: 
County Highway 14A, Willsboro, 12996
ice on Eagle Lake

Easy access and known for brown trout! Stocked by Essex County Fish Hatchery. Size: 420 Acres. Mean Depth: 19ft. Species: smallmouth bass, northern pike, brown bullhead, pickerel, pumpkinseed,...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
Chilson Brook

Just west of the town of Ticonderoga, Chilson Brook is one of those small Adirondack brook trout streams that can easily be overlooked. The state stocks the stream, a tributary of Trout Brook,...

Location: 
County Highway 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
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
In Search of Fly Water
Location: 
99 The Portage, Ticonderoga, 12883
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
F.M.B. Bait
Location: 
4133 Main Street, Port Henry, 12974