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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.