In case you didn’t know, this lake has its own version of the Loch Ness Monster. The beast is named Champ, and scads of tourists boat around this 490-square-mile body of water hoping for a glimpse of it.
Although the smallmouth don’t grow quite as big as Champ is purported to be (20 feet long, thick as a barrel with the head of a horse), the fish are certainly easier to find and catch. As a matter of fact, the smallies here are so abundant anglers often have 50-fish days (Champlain ranked No. 27 on Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list). Tube jigs, drop shots and crankbaits are the go-to lures. Target offshore structure for easy bites.
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