Champlain Fishing March 8, 2010

Lake Champlain Frost Bite Fleet is back on the water as some of the boat launches are clear of ice.  Water temperature is in the 34 to 36 degree range.  Still pretty cold but the salmon and lakers still eat once in a while.

Some fishermen are catching salmon in the 20 inch range and lakers around 5 pounds.  Top 10 feet of water seems to be where the action is.

In another 3 or 4 weeks the action should really start heating up.  Head for the shallows and get into that skinny water 6 to 12 feet where the water is warmer.  The salmon will be moving into the shallows following the bait fish.


Lake Champlain Fishing Charters for Salmon & Trout & Walleye. Captain Bill Birch, an avid hunter & fisherman has 20 years experience Fishing Lake Champlain. We offer fishing for Salmon & Trout out of Charlotte, VT.

8 Responses to Champlain Fishing March 8, 2010

  • I am excited for the season! Just have to keep reminding myslef that it is only March… seems like spring will be ‘early” this year.

    My questions: is a 20″ fish normal? What should I expect to catch for length (landlocks) once the inland sea ice-outs? Should we troll tandem streamers, or spoons, and if streamers, should we flatline them or include a dodger or flasher?


  • Good Morning, 18 to 20″ are the average. My biggest salmon last year was 6lbs and 24 inches. Streamers do work but I prefer metal lures with a little weight either flat lines or on planner boards. If fishing on a downrigger, put the balls down at 4 feet and run the lure back 75 feet. I also sometimes run small stick baits. I don’t run dodgers or flashers in the shallows. Streamers will work but don’t seem to work as well as metal lures.

    Good Luck
    Captain Bill Birch

  • Is the combination trip the only one you offer? Is there a less expensive one you could highlight on home page?
    Is the charter going to be eligible for tourments in the area?
    How many does the boat easily handle?
    Is food and drink included? Are lifejackets?

  • Good morning Trudy, right now we only offer 1 combination trip and I may remove that as it is pretty tough getting up a 4 in the morning and hunting till 12 and then headed out on the lake for the afternoon. I find myself falling asleep.
    We would provide the boat for tourments.
    We prefer to take 4 fishermen but can take up to 6.
    You must bring your own food and drink. Lifejackets are provided and hopefully won’t be needed.
    Captain Bill Birch

  • Can’t wait to get out on the lake and hammer some salmon and lakers! won’t be long now!
    see you out there!

  • Another couple of weeks before I can dig the Thompson out. Hope we don’t get another foot of snow.

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