Fishing

120 miles long + 600 miles of shoreline + 70 islands = One amazing lake.

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.

On Lake Champlain

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. 

Trout Tips

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.

Spring Fishing

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.

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, 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.

Bring a Guide

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. 

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Boquet River Main Stem

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 ...
Location: Willsboro, NY
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Boquet River North Branch

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 ...
Location: Willsboro, NY
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Bulwagga Bay

Bulwagga Bay
This lovely bay is rumored to be the home of Champ, the Lake Champlain monster, because of the many "sightings." Talk about ...
Location: Port Henry, NY
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Clear Pond

Clear Pond
Listed as one of the top brown trout waters in Essex County by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Clear Pond ...
Location: Ticonderoga, NY
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Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake
Easy access for boating and fishing. Ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts. Known for brown trout! Stocked by Essex County Fish ...
Location: Ticonderoga, NY
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H2O Adventures

H2O Adventures
Location: Westport, NY
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La Chute River

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 ...
Location: Ticonderoga, NY
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Lake Champlain, the lake

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 ...
Location: Westport, NY
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Lincoln Pond

Lincoln Pond
Broad and beautiful, this popular pond has room for everyone. Large enough for motorboats but sheltered enough to avoid harsh winds. ...
Location: Elizabethtown, NY
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Long Pond

Long Pond
The mountains look down on some incredible fishing in this most scenic, and tranquil, location. Size: 400 acres. Species: Smallmouth ...
Location: Willsboro, NY
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Putnam Pond

Putnam Pond
This pond gets stocked with Muskellunge annually by Essex County Fish Hatchery. Wonderful hiking, at the edge of the Pharoah Lake ...
Location: Ticonderoga, NY
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Putts Creek

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 ...
Location: Crown Point, NY
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Rogers Pond

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, ...
Location: Westport, NY
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Trout Pond - Newcomb

Trout Pond - Newcomb
Excellent brook trout pond. Hence, the name. Near the famous Tahawus Club. Stocked by Essex County Fish Hatchery. Species: Bluegill, ...
Location: Newcomb, NY
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Willsboro Bay

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, ...
Location: Willsboro, NY
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Adirondack-Champlain Guide Service

Location: Willsboro, NY
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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 ...
Location: Elizabethtown, NY
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Champlain Angler

Location: Willsboro, NY
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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. ...
Location: Ticonderoga, NY
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In Search of Fly Water

Location: Ticonderoga, NY
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Justy-Joe Charters

Location: Ticonderoga, NY
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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 ...
Location: Port Henry, NY
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Norm's Bait and Tackle

Location: Crown Point, NY
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Perfect Day Charters

Location: Willsboro, NY
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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 ...
Location: Lewis, NY
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The Branch

Simply known as "The Branch," this tributary of the Boquet River winds its way through the town of Elizabethtown and offers ...
Location: Elizabethtown, NY
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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. ...
Location: Lewis, NY
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