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.

 

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