• 10 Prime Spots for a Winning Catch at the LCI Fishing Derby: Your Insider Guide

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    Lake Champlain, a vast natural playground straddling Vermont and New York, is renowned for its diverse fish species and stunning scenery. If you’re planning to cast your line in the legendary LCI Fishing Derby, here’s everything you need to maximize your chances of success:

    Top 10 Fishing Hotspots:

    1. Missisquoi Bay: Shallow, weed-filled, a haven for largemouth and smallmouth bass.
    2. Inland Sea: Islands, reefs, varied depths – prime territory for lake trout, landlocked salmon.
    3. Malletts Bay: Excellent for northern pike, yellow perch, and even walleye.
    4. The Gut (between North and South Hero): Strong currents, deep holes attract big fish.
    5. Otter Creek: Trophy smallmouth bass, channel catfish in this river delta.
    6. Shelburne Bay: Diverse structure, good for multiple species.
    7. Button Bay: Rocky points, drop-offs – a lake trout angler’s dream.
    8. Ticonderoga: (NY side) Deep water, rocky shoreline – known for salmon and lake trout.
    9. Crown Point: (NY side) Diverse fishery, worth exploring for various species.
    10. Four Brothers Islands: (NY side) Currents, deep water attract trophy fish.

    Tips for Landing the Big One:

    • Match the Bait: Study the prevalent forage fish in your chosen area (alewives, smelt, etc.) and mimic their appearance/action with lures or live bait.
    • Depth and Structure: Fish relate to underwater features. Look for ledges, drop-offs, weed beds, and humps.
    • Time of Day: Early mornings and evenings often yield the best bite, but this varies by season.
    • Weather: Wind and cloud cover can affect fish behavior. Be adaptable.
    • Local Knowledge: Talk to bait shops, guides, or fellow anglers for up-to-the-minute tips.

    How the LCI Derby Works:

    • Registration: Choose individual, family, or “Champlain Basin Derby” (year-round) options.
    • Eligible Species: Varies by derby type. Focus on those with the biggest potential payoff!
    • Weigh-Ins: Official stations exist throughout the region. Follow the rules meticulously.
    • Prizes: Cash, merchandise, even trips – the stakes are high!

    Chartering Your Success (VT and NY):

    Experienced guides know Lake Champlain intimately. Here’s where to find them:

    • Vermont:
      • Lake Champlain Fishing Charters (Burlington)
      • Tightline Charters (Colchester)
      • The Fly Rod Shop (Stowe) – they also guide
    • New York:
      • Adirondack Fishing Adventures (Lake George)
      • Eastern View Outfitters (Ticonderoga)

    Important Notes:

    • Obtain proper fishing licenses for the state(s) you’ll be fishing in.
    • Practice ethical catch-and-release for sustainable fisheries.
    • Respect private property and access points.
    • Be safe! Weather can change quickly on the lake.

    The LCI Fishing Derby isn’t just a competition; it’s a celebration of Lake Champlain’s angling heritage. With these tips, you’re well on your way to reeling in a memorable experience (and maybe a prize-winning fish!).

  • Ice Out at Joe's Pond! Let Spring Begin

    Posted on in categories Event , Fishing , Local , Positive Newstagged#iceout , #joespond

    Since the early 80s, locals who live around Joe’s Pond have laid bets on when the ice will finally leave this placid pond in West Danville. This year, the ice ebbed and flowed away on April 14th at 4:02 am.

    READ THE FULL STORY COURTESY OF JOE’S POND VERMONT HERE: 

  • Ice-Out Competition Continues for Joe's Pond

    Posted on in categories Fishing , Local , Skatetagged#joespond

    Continuing it’s 50-year run, the guesses continue to roll in on when the ice is out in the Northeast Kingdom’s Joe’s Pond. Last year, over 11,000 tickets were sold. Despite the warm weather, the ice is holding strong. Ticket sales continue to be brisk.

    READ MORE ABOUT THIS 50-YEAR TRADITION COURTESTY OF WPTZ HERE

  • Fishing Shanties with Flair This Weekend

    Posted on in categories Event , Fishing , Local , Positive News , Travel & Adventuretagged#artfuliceshanties , #brattleboro

    The Artful Ice Shanties will be displayed at Retreat Farm (45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, Vermont).

    Visitors are welcome from dawn to dusk. Park at Retreat Farm, stop in at the welcome hut near the farmhouse, and then head into the square to see the shanties now until February 24th

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ARTFUL SHANTIES WITH WPTZ’S JACK THURSTON

  • Free Ice Fishing Day This Weekend

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    The last weekend is set aside for anglers ready to enjoy a Free Fishing Saturday with no license required. Enjoy this free way to encourage new anglers to try ice fishing in Elmore.

    SEE THE FULL STORY COURTESY OF WPTZ HERE

  • Yankee Sportsmans Classic at Champlain Valley Expo

    Posted on in categories Fishing , Hiking , Local , Positive News , RivertaggedFishing , Hunting , yankeesportsmansclassic

    The Yankee Sportsman Classic returns to the Champlain Valley Expo January 19th – 21st!
    Friday January 19th 12pm-6pm
    Saturday January 20th 9am-6pm
    Sunday January 21st 9am-4pm

    Come enjoy three full days of outdoor fun and learning, with tons of great vendors and informational seminars there’s something for everyone.

    Tickets can be purchased at the door. Paid admission is good for all three days!
    Adults $13
    Children 3-12 years old $5
    Children under 3 Free!