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Lake Champlain

Clinton County, NY


Lake Champlain provides over 8,000 square miles of great fishing for all anglers.

Lake Champlain is located on the New York and Vermont border and is 125 miles in length. The lake is very deep in the center portion from Port Henry to Cumberland Head and is great for lake trout and landlocked salmon. In spring and fall trollers should stay close to shore and during mid-summer venture out to open water. 

A big key to catching large amount of fish is to follow the schools of smelt, and then to troll smelt-imitation plugs, spoons, or flies. 

Smallmouth bass are located on the rock shoals and shorelines. The weedy areas will house the largemouth bass and northern pike. Largemouth fishing is best from north of Crown Point to south of Port Henry. Lake Champlain does have some walley and other trophy fish but are very rare and challenging to catch. 

There are quality boat launches available at many locations around the lake. 

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