Since 2012 the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Trout Unlimited have been strategically adding wood to waterways to improve stream and brook trout habitat. The program is called Chop and Drop.
The Oak Orchard River in western New York offers the chance to fish for several species of trout and salmon. And when it comes to big brown trout it’s world class.
With the use of implanted acoustic tags the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department hopes to improve their research on the endangered Lake Sturgeon in Lake Champlain.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife – vtfishandwildlife.com
Lake Champlain's deep, windswept waters are loaded with lake trout. Most anglers pursue them by using downriggers to troll lures far below the surface, but every fall there’s a brief period when they congregate in huge numbers near the surface and close to shore. And for at least one die-hard fisherman, it offers a unique opportunity to catch a lunker laker by casting a fly.
Drew Price Fly Fishing & Master Class Angling
We spend an evening with a couple of anglers who love to fish for largemouth bass and northern pike on Bristol Pond.
Located in Oswego County, New York, the Salmon River stretches 17 miles from the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir in Altmar to where it empties into Lake Ontario. At a time of year when a lot of anglers have put their tackle away for the winter there is some world class fishing just a short drive from Vermont. And once you’ve hooked a stealhead in the Salmon River you’ll want to come back.
We hit the water with Jimmy Kennedy, an angler who’s enjoying his dream job. Bass fishing, cooking and promoting some really good cheese are all part of a day’s work for this lucky Vermonter.
While many anglers practice catch and release fishing it's a Vermont tradition to keep some for the table. That's why there's a new effort underway hoping people take the bait on trying the fresh flavors of fish from Lake Champlain.