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Surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, the compact city of Burlington in Chittenden County, Vermont, is one of the most sought-after places for various outdoor pursuits, especially fishing. From strength-building mountain activities to fulfilling water adventures, you will not run out of activities here all year-round. Apart from this, Burlington offers more attractions than you could have imagined. Shopping for Burlington’s local products at the Church Street Marketplace, festivals, and museum visits are just a few on the list. Book a trip to discover all of what Burlington has to offer. 

Exceptional Angling Opportunities in Burlington

Lying on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain and surrounded by the lake’s tributaries, Burlington holds an incredibly diverse freshwater species. Many of these species are highly-prized sport fish, drawing many anglers from different places. Whether you cast or troll from the shore, wade on the stream or launch a boat, you’ll end up with a great catch.

Your trip to Burlington would not be complete without trying the most popular bass fishing here. Since Lake Champlain is one of the top bass fisheries in the States, Burlington is one of the best spots to fish for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Watch out for them between April and May in the shallow areas spawning, but take note that they are only for catch and release. Annual smallmouth bass fishing tournament is also held here if you want something more challenging.

The waters of Burlington also support the life of other species such as northern pike, yellow perch, sunfish, and pickerel that live in shallow weed beds. These species, along with brown trout and rainbow trout, forage and dwell on the quality habitat provided by the water bodies here. Fall is the best season to catch when they are actively feeding, while winter also offers some ice fishing opportunities.

Deep-dwelling cold-water species such as lake trout and landlocked salmon can be caught by deep-jigging or trolling spoons. Be ready to catch a bunch more once you hook one. When ice starts to melt down in spring, these fish stay closer to the surface so the chances of catching them are even better.

There are different access areas to catch these fish, including Colchester Point, Colchester Causeway Trail, Shelburne Pond, and Oakledge Park which are very much accessible from downtown. Here, you will not only enjoy fishing but other recreational activities such as biking, swimming, kayaking, and many more.

Fish species
Northern Pike
Northern Pike fish

Habitat: Onshore

Weight: 2 - 34 Pounds

Length: 16" - 29"

Smallmouth Bass 
Smallmouth Bass  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 27"

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Rainbow Trout 
Rainbow Trout  fish

Habitat: River, Lake

Weight: 1 - 8 Pounds

Length: 16" - 34"

Discover Other Gems in Burlington


Try golfing on different terrains from mountains to regular field courses. All on a scenic background that you will not normally experience in other golfing resorts.


2. Agritourism

Throughout the year, towns and cities nearby organize a farmer’s market with local products of the county from fresh organic produce to different artisanal products.


3. Museum Visit

Discover the history of Burlington through the different museums found in the city. From the region’s revolutionary war to snowboarding to a huge collection of American folk art, you will find them all worthy of your trip.