Lake Champlain is located mainly within the borders of the United States between Vermont on the east and New York to the west. A portion of the northern tip of the lake crosses the Canada-United States border in the Canadian province of Quebec.
Champlain is also home to spectacular fishing opportunities and the best smallmouth fishery I’ve had the pleasure to fish.
On a couple of our days here we had 50 plus smallmouth catches. Despite the myths, we couldn’t just cast the Umbrella Rig anywhere and produce fish. We still had to find funnels with plus factors and approach them well.
The opening below this bridge at Carry Bay creates a strong current condition. These current locations produce excellent funnels and excellent opportunities.
While targeting strictly bass, there is a wide range of fish species that you might run into at Lake Champlain.
This floating cover produces shade and always holds fish. Fishing them is always a good move especially when the sky is blue, and the sun is bright.
Take note off the Yum Money Hound (photo above). When coupled with a large wide gap hook this is an effective weedless lure that you can apply to a walk the dog technique.
We first approached this spot (photo above) from the other side, and the bass above blew up on the Money Hound, but I didn’t get the hook into him. When we moved to the other side a short while later, I made a cast from the opposite side and sealed the deal! That was fun!
Since the first time I watched a television show that featured Lake Champlain, I’ve always wanted to visit and this trip did not disappoint. Smallmouth in numbers and excellent size, largemouth with size, numerous bonus catches, big water and fishing beautiful landscapes what is there not to love?