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This central section of Lake Champlain is dominated by vast expanses of deep water. While cold water species such as trout and salmon are the primary species, outstanding bass fishing exists in several areas, including the Lamoille River and Malletts Bay.
Just a few miles north of Burlington, Malletts Bay is one of the most heavily used areas of the lake. Each year, several bass tournaments launch from the Malletts Bay Access Area in Colchester. This launch is probably the finest on the Vermont side of the lake, with a two lane concrete ramp, dock and large parking area.
Malletts Bay itself provides some outstanding bass fishing with a combination of milfoil and hard rock ledges that provide excellent habitat for both largemouth and smallmouth. Development around Malletts Bay is quite extensive and dock fishermen will find numerous opportunities to ply their craft. In 2007, legendary bass fisherman Guido Hibdon won $125,000 fishing the docks of Malletts Bay. You can read about how he did it here.
The Lamoille River empties into the lake at the the north end of outer Malletts Bay. The river delta provides a huge expanse of 10 to 15 foot water that holds both largemouth and smallmouth. On the outer edge of the delta, there is a sharp drop that falls from 15 to 50 feet. Schools of smallmouth orient to this drop.
The Lamoille River itself holds both largemouth and smallmouth, with largemouth most common in the lower section and smallmouth found in the area above the Lamoille River Access Area. Other rivers in this section, including the Winooski River on the Vermont side and the Bouquet and Ausable Rivers on the New York side, provide similar fishing opportunities.