Four bass fishing secrets that work on Lake Champlain

Bass fishing is a wonderful sport that gives you the chance to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery and Lake Champlain is one of the best places to seek out this species. There are over seventy Islands located throughout the water and over thirty tributaries leading into the lake. This type of environment is perfect for the bass to grow and strive so it’s an excellent lake for the beginner or the experienced angler.
You’ll find Lake Champlain in the northeastern part of the United States between New York and Vermont. It is the sixth largest freshwater lake in the US and it’s one excellent place to fish especially for largemouth and smallmouth bass. In some places, the lake is ten miles wide and 400 feet deep. It also stretches over 100 miles long.
Lake Champlain Fishing Secrets
When fishing Lake Champlain, it helps to learn a little about this species before you go fishing. For example, bass are attracted to bright colors so choosing colorful lures will get their attention. They tend to move closer to the shore in the early morning and late evening so this is when they’re the easiest to find. In the middle of the day, they usually move out to the deeper parts of the lake.
It also helps to learn all you can about the lake. If you’re new to the area or just visiting you can hire a guide to take you fishing and show you where some of the hotspots are located. A map of the lake and electronics can also be very useful.
Four bass fishing secrets for Lake Champlain:
1. Begin fishing with a slow retrieval and slowly speed up until you find the speed that gets the most attention without startling the bass. If you start with a fast retrieval, you might scare the fish away before you get a chance to hook one.
2. The size of the bait you use is very important. If you use small bait, you’re going to attract small fish. If you use large bait, you will attract the larger bass but you will limit the number of bites you get. Decide whether you want to seek out the larger bass or get a lot of bites and this will help you determine what size bait to use.
3. When fishing for smallmouth bass in Lake Champlain, fish the deeper parts of the water where it’s the coldest. When fishing for the largemouth bass fish the warmer parts of the water around weed beds and submerged trees.
4. If you’re having trouble finding the bass on this lake, look for the baitfish. If you find a school of shad or minnows, you can bet there will be a school of bass nearby.
If you believe there are bass in the area where you’re fishing but you’re not getting many bites, try moving over 50 feet or so in either direction. Many anglers miss out on a nice catch because they get impatient and move across the lake or to a completely different part of the lake when all they needed to do was move over a few feet.
Bass Fishing Information for Lake Champlain
Fly-fishing, trolling, casting and jigging are all good techniques to use when bass fishing and they all work well on this lake. Using electronics will help you locate the bass much faster so you can get right into fishing instead of wasting your time trying to find them. They will help you find underwater structures where the bass will be hiding out and electronics can help you fish the right depth.
A number of different baits can be used when fishing for this species because you can use both live and artificial baits effectively. When using live bait, fish with minnows, shad, worms and crayfish for the best results. When using artificial bait, fish with soft plastics, crankbaits, spinnerbait and flies.
The fishing is so great on Lake Champlain that many bass fishing tournaments are held there. If you decide to take part in one of the tournaments, it’s a good idea to go out a day or two before the tournament begins and fish the lake to get a good idea of how the bass are responding to different baits and where they seem to be the most plentiful. This will give you an edge during the tournament.
Reeling in a good size bass or a mess of them is a great way to spend your free time and Lake Champlain is an excellent place to fish. However, before you go bass fishing on this lake take the time to review the laws for how many bass you can keep and the size limit. You don’t want a perfectly good fishing trip ruined by getting fined for breaking the rules.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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