Lake Champlain, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Drew Price
Fly Fishing Map of Lake Champlain, VT
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Lake Champlain, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Lots of gar are out and about! Great sight fishing targets! Rope flies, cast in front of them and strip fast... don't set the hook! Bring a light rod and some small nymphs and poppers for sunfish. They are on their beds and it's a great time to catch a ton of them! Also look for spawning bullhead on their beds. They will readily take small buggers and nymphs presented in front of them.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 11 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lake Champlain is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 95.4

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 72 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:

The Hex are hatching!

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

Look for the fresh weed beds to find pike and bass. These are great spots for ambushing prey! Lots of bass in the shallow weeds. Strip streamers through cuts in the grass for hot largemouth action and toss buggers or Clousers near rocks for smallies!

7-Day Forecast

It's on! The weather has improved greatly and the warm water fishing is in full swing! It's a great time to hunt bowfin, gar and carp in the shallows! This is the time that you want to be on Champlain! With the Hex hatch in full swing it is definitely time to chase carp. This is one of the best chances to get one!

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