Lake Champlain, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Lake Champlain, VT
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Lake Champlain, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The Lake is in transition to its winter state. As the temperature drops below 50 look for lake trout to start showing up in near shore areas to feed. Pike will be in the shallows again looking to fatten up before winter (although winter definitely doesn't stop them from feeding). Bass feed very well in the fall too. Look for deeper structure to find them however. There will be some salmon action as temps drop too but it might be more challenging this year because there seem to be fewer fish around.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
12 / 13 / 2017
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lake Champlain is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 94.63

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 54 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid day

Best stretch: wetland areas, near shore areas

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Fish species: Carp, bass, northern pike, pickerel, panfish, perch, bowfin, freshwater drum, longnose gar

Fishing season: Lake Champlain is open to fishing year round

Nearest airport: Burlington International

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Lake Champlain Description

The shallow waters of Lake Champlain and its lower tributaries hold a bounty of warm water fishes for the fly angler. Best accessed with a canoe, kayak or other watercraft this body of water is quite foreboding but when taken in smaller segments excellent fishing can be found. Vermont Fish and Wildlife Access points are an easy means to launch along the many bays, setbacks and rivers from Missisquoi Bay to ...

Techniques & Tips

The extended summer has the lake in a bit of a "funky" place. Fishing has been challenging but expect that to change when the temperatures drop.

7-Day Forecast

Watch for dropping temps, get on the lake! Use common sense and watch the weather closely. Wind comes up fast and the lake gets ugly in no time.

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