Burlington, VT is One of America’s Bass Fishing Capitals

Joe Pych

Thought you all would be interested in this press release I received from Vermont Fish and Game Department. I've been fishing in Champlain and it's a true gem.


Burlington, VT is One of America ’s Bass Fishing Capitals

WATERBURY , VT – Vermont can’t keep it quiet any longer.  For decades, Vermont anglers had Lake Champlain’s bass fishing pretty much to themselves.  But Outdoor Life Magazine now rates Burlington , Vermont as one of America ’s top three “Bass Capitals” due to its closeness to Lake Champlain, which is recognized among professional bass anglers as one of the premier largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries in North America . 

According to the June-July issue of Outdoor Life, Burlington sits on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain , which, outside of the Northeast, is not widely recognized for its bass fishing.  However, it has been a popular stop on the professional bass circuit for years.  Holding both smallmouth and largemouth bass, Champlain is 120 miles long, 10 miles wide and 400 feet deep.  In other words, you’ll never run out of water to explore in search of lunkers.

In is this issue, the magazine also recognized Burlington , Vermont as one of the top 200 towns in America for hunters and anglers.  The rankings are based on outdoors-related and socio-economic qualities of each town.  Deciding factors include the firearms regulations of each town’s state, huntable and fishable species nearby, proximity to public land and waters, and the potential for taking a trophy animal or fish nearby. 

Vermont is unique in that it offers spring catch-and-release bass fishing from the second Saturday in April through the Friday before opening day of the regular bass season, which is the second Saturday in June – the 12th this year. 

In addition to being your ticket to fishing throughout the state, a Vermont ’s fishing license is good for all of Lake Champlain, including the New York side, except for South Bay at the very southern tip of the lake.  Licenses are available at www.vtfishandwildlife.com or from stores throughout the state.  Kids under 15 fish free, so be sure to take a young angler with you. 

Lake Champlain’s high ranking among bass fishing destinations will be a major draw, but Vermont also has great fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass in many other lakes and large river sections.  In addition to providing the fishing regulations, the state’s 2010 Guide to Hunting, Fishing and Trapping has a list of the fish species found in most lakes.  Sections of the Guide are on the website above as printable files, but the book also is given out with a license. 


Sources for more information:

Vermont Fish and Wildlife – fwinformation@state.vt.us, 802-241-3700

Planning a trip – www.vermontvacation.com

Guides and more – Vermont Outdoor Guides Association – voga.org, 1-800-425-8747





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Posted by Joe Pych Elite Member created over 10 years ago - last updated over 10 years ago
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John A Wright

cool I would of never guessed Burlington, Vermont would be number 3.

Posted by John A Wright Elite Member over 10 years ago - Report Abuse

Felipe Micklon

dam it  i'm in the wrong burlington! lol

Posted by Felipe Micklon Expert Member over 10 years ago - Report Abuse

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