Champlain Bridge

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This area of Lake Champlain provides a tremendous variety of bass fishing opportunities.  The north end from Yellow House Point to the Champlain Bridge and Bulwagga Bay “fishes big” and anglers can find good schools of fish away from summer weekend tournament crowds.   Many bass anglers overlook this region of the lake, but it easily rivals other areas for both size and numbers of fish.  Despite its size, this region also offers a number of sheltered coves and bays to fish when strong winds blow from the north or south.

The predominant vegetation is milfoil and most of the bass fishing techniques employed here relate to the vegetation.  By midsummer, dense mats typically form in many of the coves and bays, providing opportunities for topwater fishing, as well as pitching jigs, creature baits and Senkos.  The sparser beds and points provide locations to fish worms and other soft plastics on Texas and Carolina rigs.  Dragging a Carolina rig or fishing a crankbait can be an effective way to cover a lot of water to locate schools of bass.  Sometimes a dozen or more fish can be caught from a single school.

This region starts the transition from the predominantly soft-bottom areas to the south and the deepwater hard-bottom area to the north.  Keep an eye out for unique bottom features that will attract bass.  An isolated bit of ledge, rock pile, submerged log, or mooring buoy anchor in a large weedbed will often hold fish.  Also keep an eye out for areas of clear water.  Sometimes the fish are more active in clear water areas or along the sharp transition zone between clear and cloudy water.

Deep water structure fishermen will find this region to their liking.  The Putnam Creek delta area has steep banks and bottom structure around a 50 foot deep hole.  The Vermont side has a gravel and ledge bank.   All of these features attract both largemouth and smallmouth.  To the north, the narrows at the Champlain Bridge create current and bridge abutments and banks provide fish-holding structure.  Finesse techniques like dropshotting and shaky head fishing will catch largemouth and smallmouth.

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