• LCI Father's Day Fishing Derby - Secret Fishing Spots

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    Alright, alright, we hear you! You want the inside scoop on specific fishing spots on Lake Champlain, not just vague descriptions. We aim to please, so here’s the lowdown on some local favorites where the fish are biting and the views are breathtaking.

    The Gut:
    This narrow passage between the mainland and South Hero Island is a smallmouth bass hotspot. The rocky bottom and current create the perfect habitat for these feisty fighters.

    Carry Bay:
    Located on the South Hero Island side of The Gut, this shallow bay is teeming with largemouth bass lurking in the weeds. Bring your topwater frogs and get ready for some explosive action.

    The Sandbar:
    This underwater ridge near the mouth of the Missisquoi Bay is a magnet for walleye and northern pike. Troll along the drop-offs or cast your line into the shallows for a chance to hook into a trophy fish.

    Malletts Bay:
    Not exactly secret, but popular and beautiful, this large bay in Colchester is known for its diverse fish population, including lake trout, landlocked salmon, and bass. Explore the rocky points, weed beds, and deep holes for a variety of fishing opportunities.

    Shelburne Bay:
    This protected bay offers calm waters and stunning views of the Adirondack Mountains. It’s a great spot to fish for bass, perch, and panfish from shore or a kayak. While not part of the LCI Derby, check out Shelburne Pond for some great kayaking and beautiful short hiking trails.

    The Inland Sea:
    This vast expanse of water between the Champlain Islands is a haven for anglers seeking trophy-sized lake trout and salmon. Hire a guide or rent a boat to explore the many reefs, shoals, and deep-water channels.

    These are just a few of the many fishing holes scattered along Lake Champlain’s 587 miles of shoreline. Each spot has its own unique character and fish population, so experiment and find your favorites. Remember to always check local regulations and practice responsible fishing to preserve these natural treasures for future generations.

    Local Fishing Charters:

    Nomad Fishing Charters 2355 Mountain View Rd Williston, VT 802-878-2080

    Sure Strike Charters: 4584 Harbor Rd. Shelburne, VT 802-324-2289

    Cloud Nine Charters: 96 Westin Rd. Ferrisburgh, VT 802-373-2528

    3rd Alarm Charters: 2200 Basin Harbor Rd. Vergennes VT 802-345-7949

    The LCI Fishing Derby runs June 15-17.


  • Queen City Cat Lounge to Open Late July

    Posted on in categories Local , Pets , Positive Newstagged#catlounge , #remotework

    Burlington will soon have a workspace where you can lounge with cats up for adoption. Guests will make a reservation and pay a fee to hang out for a block of time in the space. They may read or work remotely, or simply enjoy visiting with the cats.


  • Saturday Farmers Market in Plattsburgh

    Fresh produce, honey, crafts and music fill Green Street every Saturday in Plattsburgh with the arrival of Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market. Now until October, browse amongst local farmers, crafters and musicians and enjoy a slice of The North Country.



  • Tribute to Joe Moore at 41st Discover Jazz Festival

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    Losing a staple of the local jazz scene back in March, Burlington’s 41st Discover Jazz Festival will play homage to Vermont saxophone player, Joe Moore, Noon until 5:30 pm on Sunday, June 9th at City Hall Park.


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

    Posted on in categories Fishing , Local , Positive Newstagged#lcifishingderby

    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!).

  • Where to Observe Memorial Day

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    While many are visiting Vermont and New York for the long weekend, here’s a list of some of the events happening this weekend around the area. From Farmers Markets, to the HUGE Vergennes Memorial Day Parade, you’re certain to find the perfect way to enjoy the beginning of summer.


  • Local Stars to Watch at the Vermont City Marathon This Sunday

    Posted on in categories Event , Local , Positive News , Runningtagged#runvermont , #vtcitymarathon

    While the Vermont City Marathon attracts runners and spectators world-wide, the field has a few Vermonters running this Sunday. From former St. Johnsbury Academy runner Hannah Rowe to adopted Vermonter, Ben Fishbein,  both are eager for racing day and the potential of winning Top Vermonter honors.


  • SportCar USA Spring Showcase in St. Albans This Weekend

    Posted on in categories Event , Local , Positive Newstagged#carshow , #musclecars , #sportcarusa

    Love muscle cars? This is a can’t miss event – Sport Car USA will present the Spring Showcase & Touch-A-Truck Event at 699/701 Highgate Road at the Handy Chevrolet/Handy Toyota Campus on May 18 (rain date May 19). Enjoy food from Bob’s Meat Market, Creemees from Palmer Lane Maple, and music and entertainment from DJ Bun. The campus will be filled with sports/muscle cars, as well as trucks, industrial vehicles, farm vehicles, and more! All proceeds benefit Spectrum Youth and Family Services.


  • 5 Generations of Driving Miss Lizzie

    Posted on in categories Local , Positive Newstagged#classiccars , #modelaford , #stuckinvt

    5 generations of the Aubin family have enjoyed driving Miss Lizzie; a 1931 Ford Model A, originally used to deliver mail in Lyndonville. Now, she’s been lovingly restored by the Aubin family.

    Seven Days senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger visited C.J.’s Aubin Electric shop in Lyndonville on a sunny Saturday to meet members of the Aubin family, hear some stories and hitch a ride with Lizzie.


  • Hiking with Puppy Power: Take The VT Hiking Dog Challenge

    If you love hiking with Fido, you don’t want to miss out on the VT Hiking Dog Challenge. For a $10 donation, you’ll receive a list of 35 hand-picked bike paths, rail trails and summits across the state. Finish at least 10 of them and you’ll be entered to win a “pawsome” prize.