Fishing

Fishing is alluring on Lake Champlain!

With more than 600 miles of shoreline, 70 islands, and 120 miles of trolling possibilities, anglers visiting the Lake Champlain Region have some tough decisions to make. 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.

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.

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.

Numerous boat launches provide ample parking for your vehicle and 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. Come on, get hooked! 

Trout tips

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, the Ausable, 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 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. 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. 

Plan on reeling in the big one

Attention New York anglers! Keep in mind that Lake Champlain fishing means an early start to the season. Due to a shared Vermont shoreline, bass fishing on Lake Champlain boasts an opening day a full week earlier than other New York lakes and ponds. 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. Click here for a list of 2016 fishing tournaments.

Drop the line: View our packages and plan a trip today! 

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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 Lake Champlain, begins in the upper reaches of Dix Mountain in...
Location: Willsboro, New York
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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 mountain tributaries in the town of Chesterfield. This branch,...
Location: Willsboro, New York
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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 catching The Big One! Species: Bluegill, Bowfin, Brook Trout, Brown Trout,...
Location: Port Henry, New York
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Clear Pond | Fishing

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 cousin...
Location: Ticonderoga, New York
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Eagle Lake

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 Lake and cross over the...
Location: Ticonderoga, New York
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H2O Adventures

H2O Adventures
Location: Westport, New York
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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 to over 80 species of fish. It is a four-season fisherman's...
Location: Westport, New York
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Lincoln Pond

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 Road on the right. Follow...
Location: Elizabethtown, New York
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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 Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, Yellow Perch. Photo courtesy...
Location: Willsboro, New York
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Mill and Murrey Ponds

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 that leads down to Murrey...
Location: Mineville, New York
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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 Wilderness. Size: 185 Acres. Species: smallmouth bass, largemouth...
Location: Ticonderoga, New York
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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 of Monitor Bay at the NYS DEC Putts Creek Wildlife Management...
Location: Crown Point, New York
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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, Brown Trout, Bullhead, Carp, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Drum, Gar...
Location: Westport, New York
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Russett Pond | Fishing

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 off on the left, park...
Location: Mineville, New York
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Tanaher Pond | Fishing

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 on the right. This is a...
Location: Mineville, New York
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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, Bowfin, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bullhead, Carp, Channel Catfish...
Location: Newcomb, New York
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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, east side, with a hard surface ramp and room for 100 cars and...
Location: Willsboro, New York
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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 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the...
Location: Elizabethtown, New York
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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. The state stocks the stream, a tributary of Trout Brook, with...
Location: Ticonderoga, New York
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In Search of Fly Water

Location: Ticonderoga, New York
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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 Lake Champlain, the brook winds its way back through Port Henry...
Location: Port Henry, New York
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Norm's Bait and Tackle

Location: Crown Point, New York
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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 small feeder streams in the town of Lewis and joins the North...
Location: Lewis, New York
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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 good access for anglers in town. The stream has its beginnings...
Location: Elizabethtown, New York
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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. Located just south of the town of Lewis, Thrall Dam is stocked...
Location: Lewis, New York
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