New Yorkers Compete Again On Lake Champlain

The New York East Division 23 of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, heads to the southern end of Lake Champlain on July 9, 2011, for Round Two of the season.

Anglers will run out of Fort Ticonderoga Ferry Ramp. Registration begins at 4 p.m. on July 8 at the ABA Stage Trailer. Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass.

Sometimes called the ?Sixth Great Lake,? the sixth largest freshwater lake in the United States stretches 125 miles long and measures up to 14 miles across in places. Lake Champlain feeds the Richelieu River, which forms the border between Vermont and New York.

The Richelieu River drains half of Vermont and flows northward into Canada to hit the St. Lawrence River. From Vermont, Otter Creek, the Winooski, Winooski, Missisquoi and Lamoille rivers flow into the lake. From New York, the Ausable, Chazy, Boquet and Saranac rivers feed the system. To the south, the lake connects to the 28,160-acre Lake George through the La Chute River. Many islands dot both lakes.

The lake contains good populations of both smallmouth and largemouth bass. Some smallmouth exceed five pounds. Well-known for producing excellent numbers of fish, the lake produces a lot of largemouth bass in the 4- to 5-pound range with some topping six pounds.

Anglers often fish the rocky outcroppings and islands with topwater baits and spinnerbaits. Also work football head jigs sweetened with plastic around slowing points in the deep, clear lake. Anglers can also catch a bunch of big bass by flipping soft plastic craw worms into flooded brush or working the docks with jigs, crankbaits, Texas-rigged worms or jerkbaits.

During a June 11, 2011, BWS tournament running out of Plattsburgh at the northern end of Lake Champlain, Henry Fristik of Chester, Mass., won the Boater Division with five bass weighing 19.07 pounds. On a windy, stormy day, he anchored his bag with a 4.15-pound kicker. With the lake about five feet above flood stage, he ran to the southern part of the lake to flip a craw worm into weed lines in about five to seven feet of water. Ryan T. Latinville of Plattsburgh, N.Y., landed the division big bass, a 4.33-pounder.

In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Kevin M. Wilkes of Troy, N.Y., won with three bass going 10.98 pounds. His biggest bass weighed 4.29 pounds. Wilkes also fished at the southern end of the lake, working shaky head jigs through about four to eight feet of water. Robin J. Reome of Malone, N.Y., won the division big bass honor with a 4.54-pounder.

For more information on this tournament, call Joe Angelone, tournament manager, at (256) 777-6152 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see

For a schedule of other upcoming tournaments, click here.

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