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March Madness

March Madness

  • March 3, 2022
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The month of March can be maddening for a number of reasons. While other parts of the country start talking spring, here in Vermont it’s still winter. Oh sure, you’ll get the 50 degree day from time to time, only to have the temp drop into the single digits and start snowing 12 hours later.

Icy March Brown

Yup it’s still winter here with winter fishing conditions. The 15 day forecast is exactly as I mentioned above, so finding open water to fish won’t be easy for a while. Access to any open water will also not be very safe so bring a buddy.

Big opening day Bow!

Another maddening thing March brings is that the second weekend in April is the official opener for trout so the pressure is on to gear up to be ready. I usually find myself behind in my fly tying. Luckily the NCAA March madness is coming up. This is when I generally catch up while watching games and while the good fishing is still a month away.

March isn’t all maddening however. The glimmer is Lake Champlain run steelhead. When conditions are right where tributaries run into the lake, spring steelies can found. These steelhead are generally in the rivers from mid March thru April. Small nymphs, egg and worm patterns work best early then streamers as the fish migrate back to the lake. Small black stone flies crawl out onto the snow along the bank to hatch early and are very effective in size 16-14.

Good luck and be safe on your March Madness adventure.

Lake Champlain spawning smallie

We have been booking for fishing when the fishing is good so don’t delay. Really good fishing for most species starts in early May. Rivers are stock and Hendricksons are hatching around Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day also is a good time to start targeting Lake Champlain run small mouth bass and pike on the fly. These are tackle tasking fish, but it’s a great time to catch the biggest smallie or pike of the year.

Give us a shout if you need a tug.