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Anglers visiting the Lake Champlain Region in the spring have some tough decisions to make.
Not only do they have to grapple with just what water they want to hit on any given day, they also have to decide what species to target.
In April, the focus generally turns to trout, and with good reason. On big Lake Champlain, lake trout and landlocked salmon are cruising high in the icy water column and are readily available to anglers trolling spoons or even casting from traditional shoreline hotspots.
Too, the region's numerous trout streams are poised for stocking, by both the state DEC as well as Essex County's own fish hatchery, which complements the state plantings of brook, brown and rainbow trout. Many rivers and streams in the region also hold wild trout to add to the challenge. While Lake Champlain jumps off the map, be sure not to overlook other hot spots like the Boquet River, the North Branch of the Boquet, the LaChute River, the Ausable, Ensign and Bartlett ponds in Moriah, and several others.
In May, the trout fishing gets even better as the waters warm a bit. But there's also the traditional first-Saturday-in-May kickoff to the northern pike, pickerel and tiger muskie season. And keep in mind, too, there's a catch-and-release, artificial lures-only season for bass on Lake Champlain and other waters ahead of the June regular-season opener.
Throw in the endless opportunities for panfish such as perch and sunfish, and there's something for every angler.
Put it all together and it's no surprise that fishermen and women flock to the Lake Champlain Region each year, and the kickoff to the open water season has begun. You'll want to spend more than a day checking out our top-shelf fishing holes, 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.
If you really want to accelerate the learning curve, you can hire one of our experienced fishing guides early on in your trip. They'll point you to the right spots, tell you what lure or bait to use, and you'll have great fishing for the duration of your stay.