We rolled into Vermont,
3 miles north of the Canadian Border at 10PM on July 19th,
the hopes of experiencing a great day on Lake
the next morning. Lake
rarely mentioned when people speak about great bass lakes as the
giants such as Seminole, Lake Fork,
Guntersville often steal the show.
let me tell you. 4
hours on this Vermont
gem will change
your mind in a big hurry.
In two hours we boated 25
smallmouth bass averaging 2 pounds each with several well over 3 pounds. Amazing!!
We may have seen a few lakes with bigger
averages but none could compare
to the non-stop action that Champlain provides.
In fact, after two hours we decided to give
the smallmouth a rest and
try our hands at catching some pike.
Another hour of fishing later and we had
caught numerous northern pike,
chain pickerel, and largemouth bass casting rattletraps. In total we boated 36 fish
in just over 3
hours of fishing – which outside of North Dakota
was the most productive fishing we’ve seen in
Gil Gagner of Bronze Back Guide
Service was our guide at the helm today.
Catching 75 pounds of bass in 3-4 hours seemed
as routine as getting the
mail for him.
If you are ever fishing a hump where there
are lots of bass, put the fish you catch in your livewell until you are
finished fishing the hump. Captain
told us that a caught fish when released excretes a pheromone that
other fish and turns off the bite.
waiting until after you’re done fishing the hump to release
the fish will keep
the bite on.
Taylor beat me soundly today at 21 fish
versus 16, but I was
lucky enough to catch the 500th fish of our
journey around 8am. We’ve
got a fair number of smallmouth waters
in the remaining States so we’re wondering now if we might
hit the 700 number
before it is over.
The weather today was overcast
with some pretty strong southerly winds at 20mph making the big lake
rough – but the fish didn’t seem to mind.
We are starting to get a glimpse
of the light at the end of the tunnel with only 8 more States in the RV
hopping a plane for Alaska
and Hawaii. But the northeast United
States has some amazing
water to explore so there is still more adventure left – so
we need to dig
By 11am we were headed east for New Hampshire and the Androscoggin
the next day.
Tonight we have the pleasure of sleeping at the Bethel Inn in Bethel,
Maine just over the border from where we will fish the Androscoggin
River in New Hampshire tomorrow morning. We would like to
extend a huge thanks to Wendy Gray and the Chamber of Commerce in
Bethel for their hospitality in providing us a complimentary room for