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:
9 / 19 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lake Champlain is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 93.97

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 69 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid day for carp, dawn and dusk for bass

Best stretch: wetland areas, near shore areas

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Nothing of significance.

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

Look for carp in the shallows. They are often on shallow flats near deeper water. You will see pods of them moving and likely mudding. Drop a heavily weighted fly in front of them and hold on! Suspended fish are pretty tricky but a lightly weighted nymph can do the trick. Look for sunfish at the edges of lily pads, they love top water bugs this time of year!

7-Day Forecast

The lake level is fairly low at the moment. Don't expect to find fish in their typical spots. Look deeper. If you are boating please pay close attention to any potential underwater obstructions- lots of broken lower units this year!

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