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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.
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 awarded the number 5 rank in 2012. While the Bassmaster Tournament Series hosts several Pro/Am events on Lake Champlain throughout the year, casual fishermen and women have ample opportunity to reel in their fair share of largemouth and smallmouth bass (along with approximately 75 other fish variations) by land, or by boat.
Attention NY anglers: get an early start to the season. Due to a shared Vermont shore-line, bass fishing on Lake Champlain boasts an opening day a full week earlier than other New York lakes and ponds. So grab your gear, book a reservation at one of our numerous lodging or camping spots along the Lake, and get ready to land the big one.
The central-south portion of the lake within the Lake Champlain Region is known as bass country. During tournaments you can’t gaze across the water without noticing the generous peppering of bass boats. Pro-anglers recognize that the dense weed beds and rocky drop-offs here are the perfect bass habitat. Numerous boat launches provide easy access with ample parking for your rig. Should you want to give the bass fishing sport a try, experienced guides are available to introduce you to the techniques and provide all the appropriate tackle. Come on, get hooked!
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.
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.