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
It's on like Donkey Kong! Full pike, bass, panfish, everything warm water is happening now! Just get out there and throw flies to be successful! Gar fishing has been awesome lately. Rope flies have been getting the job done while sight fishing. The key is to cast in from of them and keep it moving. They often won't move until the fly is past them, then they charge the fly. Don't set the hook but maintain tension so the fibers of the fly get caught in their teeth. Wear gloves to handle the fish because the teeth, scales and spines (which are hidden in front of their dorsal and anal fins) will cut. The most challenging piece is removing the fly from their mouth. I recommend keeping the fish in the water, using a pair of foreceps or a dowel to open their mouths and carefully removing the fibers from their teeth. It can be a tricky process.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
8 / 12 / 2019
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lake Champlain is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 95.28

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 76 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch: Any shallow wetland will warm before the broad lake. Shots at early season pike, pickerel and bowfin

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

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

Find shallow water areas near shore with new weed growth or close to emergent vegetation, toss a big streamer fly with a wire bite then hold on for dear life! The toothy critters are chowing down and its time to get some before they go deep. Vary your retrieve to find what they want. Bowfin, largemouth and carp are all in the shallows rooting around. Lots of big fish to be found. Move slow, keep your eyes peeled and a fly ready.

7-Day Forecast

It is time to be on the lake! The shallows are alive with pretty much everything that swims. Gar, bowfin, carp, bass, pike, pickerel, panfish... its happening now.

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