Feb 15, 2004
WATERBURY, VT – Vermont’s ice fishing is heating up. It’s that time of year – the days are getting longer and warmer – and the fish are biting better than ever!

Where is the action? Lake Champlain along the state’s western border at over 100 miles long is ranked highly because of the quality and variety of fish you can catch including landlocked salmon, lake trout, brown trout, northern pike, yellow perch, white perch, walleye, crappie, and smelt. Nearly the entire lake is now frozen over and accessible to anglers due to extreme cold weather and minimal snowfall in January.

Northern pike hotspots include Lake Champlain’s Kelley Bay, Missisquoi Bay, Dillenbeck Bay, Carry Bay, Keeler Bay, St. Albans Bay, and the main lake south of the Champlain Bridge from Addison to Ticonderoga, New York.

Landlocked salmon, yellow perch and smelt are likely to be caught north of the Sandbar Causeway between Milton and South Hero, while the shallow flats south of the causeway are producing northern pike.

Lake trout fishing is in full swing off the west shore of Grand Isle and also in Converse Bay and Button Bay south to the Champlain Bridge.

Yellow perch are being caught throughout Lake Champlain in any of the bays and in the shallows as well as on most other Vermont waters. Shelburne Bay and the St. Albans area of the Inland Sea are among the notable hotspots.

While walleyes can show up anywhere in Lake Champlain, the most consistent winter action can be found in the southern end of the lake off Benson and Orwell.

Some of the other Vermont lakes that produce great ice fishing action are Lake Carmi, Lake Memphremagog, Salem Lake, Lake Willoughby, Echo Lake, Caspian Lake, Lake Bomoseen, Lake Hortonia, and Lake St. Catherine.

Lake trout hotspots include Lake Willoughby, Caspian Lake and Seymour Lake.

For more information, contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501. Telephone 802-241-3700 and
Ask for a Digest of Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws and a Fishing Guide Map.

To locate places to stay, buy bait and rent ice fishing shanties, go to the Vermont Outdoor Guides Association website ( and click on “ice fishing.”

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