There were 20 bags over 20 pounds on Day 1 last week in the Elite Series event on the St. Lawrence River. There were three yesterday on Day 1 at Lake Champlain. But don’t be deceived by that fact. A closer comparison of these two northern New York waters indicates they fished remarkably the same on the first day.
|Total bass weighed-in||537||539|
|Average weight per bass||3.45 lbs.||3.21 lbs.|
|Bags of 20 lbs. or more||20||3|
|Bags of 18 lbs. or more||50||50|
|Bags of 14 lbs. or more||91||88|
|Bags of 12 lbs. or more||99||105|
The quality of the largemouth fishery in Lake Champlain helps it keep pace with the world-class smallmouth bass fishery that is the St. Lawrence River. Kevin VanDam’s Day 1 big bass at the St. Lawrence was a 6-1 smallmouth; Todd Faircloth’s big bass yesterday here was a 6-1 largemouth.