One of the best places to fish for brook trout are beaver ponds. A good beaver pond can hold Vermont's favorite fish in numbers and sizes rarely seen in streams, and a hidden beaver pond teeming with plump, colorful brookies is a treasured discovery. We head out with John Mansfield and Mike Eramo, both of Grandville, VT to learn why they love fishing for beaver pond brookies.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife - http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/
It wasn’t that long ago that Lake Champlain was known for its fantastic walleye fishery. Whether it was overfishing or environmental impacts, the abundance of the number one game fish diminished tremendously during the 70’s. In 1984 the Lake Champlain Walleye Association was formed by a concerned group of anglers who had one goal in mind. And that was to bring back the walleye. Together with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department the two organizations are making progress to restore the once famous walleye fishery back to its hey day.
Chain pickerel just might be the most overlooked game fish in Vermont. But they’re beautiful fish, found in beautiful ponds. And on light tackle the toothy little predators are a blast to catch. We spend a day on Belvidere Pond with Ken Capsey, a passionate angler who is obsessed with catching chain pickerel, pike and muskie on the fly.
- Ken Capseys Pike Adventures - http://pikeadventures.blogspot.com
- Vermont Fish and Wildlife - http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com
Productive Pickerel Waters in Vermont
- Berlin Pond- Berlin
- Bliss Pond-Calais
- Clyde River in Charleston (River also runs through Brighton and has fishing access)
- Coles Pond - Walden
- Connecticut River setbacks (Retreat Meadows, Hunts Meadows).
- Curtis Pond - Calais
- Flagg Pond - Wheelock
- Harveys Lake- Barnet
- Holland Pond- Holland
- Lake Champlain (any weedy bays in southern or northern Lake Champlain)
- Lake Eden-Eden
- Lake Iroquois-Williston
- Lake Ninevah – Mt Holly
- Lake Raponda- Wilmington
- Lake Rescue-Ludlow
- Lowell Lake- Londonderry
- Lower Symes Pond- Ryegate
- Pensioner Pond- Charleston
- South Bay of Lake Memphremagog- Newport
Since 2012 the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Trout Unlimited have been strategically adding wood to waterways to improve stream and brook trout habitat. The program is called Chop and Drop.
The Oak Orchard River in western New York offers the chance to fish for several species of trout and salmon. And when it comes to big brown trout it’s world class.
With the use of implanted acoustic tags the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department hopes to improve their research on the endangered Lake Sturgeon in Lake Champlain.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife – vtfishandwildlife.com
Lake Champlain's deep, windswept waters are loaded with lake trout. Most anglers pursue them by using downriggers to troll lures far below the surface, but every fall there’s a brief period when they congregate in huge numbers near the surface and close to shore. And for at least one die-hard fisherman, it offers a unique opportunity to catch a lunker laker by casting a fly.
Drew Price Fly Fishing & Master Class Angling
We spend an evening with a couple of anglers who love to fish for largemouth bass and northern pike on Bristol Pond.
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