Northern New York Bassmaster Team Event-Lake Champlain
Northern New York Bassmaster Team Trail club kicked off its season opener at Lake Champlain out of the Chazy launch. Bass season opened on lake Champlain with Vermont also offering a free fishing day to anglers who traveled into their waters. 30 teams took off at 6:30 am to cloudy skies, rain showers and NNE winds at 10-13 miles per hour.
My father and I headed to the Vermont side and fished the area known as the Gut on the inland sea. The area we were fishing had water temperatures from 56-61 degrees. We stayed inside the inland sea most of the day and found fish relating to rocks and grassy points. Our two best fish came on 4 inch swammers in yellow perch color.. The fishing was tough probably due to the cold front and rains that have pounded our area recently. This resulted in fish not committing to one single bait. We moved around a lot changing lures frequently also known as junk fishing.We caught plenty of fish but many of them were all the same size. As the day progressed the better locations seemed to be grassy points where the wind blew into the grass. When we found areas like this there would be multiple fish set up on that small point.
As the noon hour approached we decided it was time to leave. The fish were not getting any bigger and at that point we figured we had around 13 lbs. This meant if we could just catch a big kicker fish there would be a shot at cashing a check. We left and ran north to the area of Missisquoi Wildlife Reserve. The run killed some time and unfortunately when we got there the water conditions did not appear right. The water was stained and there was some type of fly hatch, possibly May Flies? Anyway the water was covered with these flies both dead and alive. I am not sure if that slowed our bite but the fishing was far from good at that location. We jumped around that area checking some old spots. Again we were fishing wood, rock and grass coves. We were able to catch a handful more fish in a small cove that had a beaver house and pads but they were not enough for us to cull anything. We left that location with an hour and a half left to fish and went to the main lake.
Once at the main lake we checked some drop shot locations for smallmouth and it looked like a ghost town. We moved again to a main lake bay with old grass. I connected again on the swammer hooking a 10 lb Northern. We finished up at that location with me hooking one more largemouth which I never landed.
Weigh in time came and we had a limit of 13.93 pounds good enough for a 9th place finish out of the 30 boat field. The winning weight of smallmouth weighed in at 16.51 pounds. Many anglers reported fishing the North end of the lake and targeting smallmouth which seemed to be the right decision as many of the top finishers had limits of bigger smallmouth. Other productive baits were jerkbaits, flukes, spinnerbaits and senkos.
The next team event will be held at Chaumont Bay, Lake Ontario on June 22, 2013. For more information on Northern New York Bassmaster click on the link at Northern New York Bassmaster Club.
Overall it was a fun day on the water as it was my first team event of the year and I had the chance to spend time on the water with my father. Winning is always a plus but dont forget to enjoy the memories made fishing with your partner, thats what will last forever!
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