As of this report ice conditions on Lake Champlain are decent. Both the north and south ends of the lake have sufficient ice for walking and supporting the weight of a fisherman, as do many isolated bays protected from big winds. Many parts of the main lake have yet to freeze over. Of course fishermen should always be vigilant during the frequent warming trends we’re experiencing in recent years. Ice will always be challenging and imperfect somewhere. Anglers have been pulling up yellow perch by the pailful as well as crappie and sunfish by the dozens.
Many fishing with tip ups for pike in the shallow bays and flats are doing well also. A 16.5 pound northern and several in the 10 pound range were iced on the south end of the lake just a few days back. A few lake trout are also being caught but that specie will be more targetable if and when ice develops in deeper sections of the lake. Anglers on the north end can call Bruce ant Holiday Harbor on North Hero Island in Vermont for advice on conditions and shanty rentals. On the south end they can phone Norms Bait and Tackle in Crown Point.