Best Bass Lakes of 2012: Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain, New York/Vermont

Larry Towell
Lake Champlain is No. 5 on Bassmaster Magazine's list of 100 Best Bass Lakes.

Here, you can catch smallmouth until you are sick of reeling them in. There are simply scads of 2-pound fish to wade through before getting a 3- to 4-pound bite, although trophy smallies certainly live in the lake. However, the largemouth population has quietly grown into the bully breed of Champlain, winning most tournaments now. The option to fish shallow for healthy greenbacks or deep for willing bronzebacks make this 125-mile long fishery a dream for versatile anglers.

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