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This last weekend, I had a conference at the Basin Harbor Hotel.....
.....which is right on Lake Champlain in Vermont. The weather was unseasonably warm on Friday and Saturday and a front moved in on Sunday morning. Since it was a work trip, I only got a few chances to fish. I decided to bring a 4 pc, 7 wt fly rod in case I hooked into something of substance....but that was not going to happen but I did catch some fish.
My 1st attempt was early Friday morning from 6-6:45 AM. I went down in front of the sign at the mouth of the harbor and threw an olive over white clouser. I managed two strikes and landed a decent 12-13" smallie that jumped a few times. No picture due to forgetfulness.
That afternoon, I got a free hour and I rented a 10' Sit In kayak (mine is 13' and Sit On Top). This was not the most stable craft and the winds started howling so I was taking waves over the bow since I had slipped out side the harbor.
So I went back in the harbor and managed to catch a largemouth bass! YES....I had the camera and NO....I wasn't about to take a picture of the little baby bass that had no business taking that fly!
The next morning (Saturday), we still had seminars and early meetings but I managed to throw the fly for 45 minutes and landed a couple of small yellow perch (YP)....my 1st ever on a fly!
Finally, on Sunday I was going to get some time since breakfast was not until 9 AM. I headed down to the other side of the harbor this time and got there just as it started to rain! I didn't care....I had some fish to catch.
My experiance from the previous outings taught me that I needed to strip line short and fast. It didn't take long and I caught a YP and then another small lagremouth. Then I started to catch some decent YP....
......but I was getting soaked....and the temps were dropping! Right before I went in, I managed this nice YP.
All told, I caught 9 of these in the last morning. That lake has all kinds of possibilities....it's long, clear and deep!
nice ernie -Champlain is an awesome lake
we should put together an expedition up there sometime
I've been up there a few times but never have much time to fish it. There are lots of possibilities in that lake, that's for sure! An expedition in the future might be worth looking in to!
Smallmouth and perch on LT make for a good outing. Especially with that scenery. Thanks for the pics.
i was i the area a few years back in late may and had an absolute blast with smallmouth, largemouth, pike, pickerel, walleye and trout...hmmm
the wheels are turning
Keep those wheels turning! The times I have been up there have been work related with limited fishing time (and resources). There are lots of possibilities for sure!! A couple of years ago, I hooked in to a big pike but he cut me off as he came close to the boat. I have yet to catch a pike, pickerel, walleye or lake trout.