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Do you need a break from the busy streets in the city? Do you feel like you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle? Visiting Burton Island in Vermont State might just be the break that you are looking for. 

Burton Island is located in the town of St. Albans, Vermont. The protected island nestles as part of the islands in Lake Champlain and is found in the middle of the Rehoboth and Indian River Bay. Despite its location, the island is known to be a lonely place for it's hardly visited by people in the olden days which made it part of the well-kept secrets of St. Albans.

With a mix of the high ground supporting maritime forest and low-lying salt marsh, Burton has been home to different numbers of species, maritime and land alike, making it one of the places people would want to get away to. In addition, its location is a perfect angling opportunity for it is a gateway to a number of water bodies including the most celebrated one- Lake Champlain.

Experience Angling in Burton Island

Burton Island is a mass of land surrounded by water. However, what makes it an angler’s paradise is that it isn’t just surrounded by some water, but by one of the most celebrated lakes in the whole of the United States. That’s no other than Lake Champlain, which houses more than 80 fish species, providing a great angling experience from its shores to its waters.

Lake Champlain has always been known as a top-notch bass angling destination. So, if you happen to visit Burton Island, make sure to put bass fishing on top of your list. Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass are abundant in this area of Lake Champlain. If you wish to have higher chances of landing on one, scheduling your trip during summers, especially during the months of May-June would be best. Bass fishing is offered year-round, though there are months that are dedicated for catch-and-release only. 

Trout is another must-catch species when fishing in Lake Champlain and it can be done year-round. Trout like the brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout and is best caught during the months of April to May and in October. These species of fish prefer cooler waters. Thus, if you want to catch them, make sure to go to the deeper part of the lake and to areas with more turbulent waters.

Parts of the Lake Champlain ice during the winter, and during these times, one could still go ice fishing and catch some Atlantic salmon, walleye, and northern pike.

Burton Island is also a gateway to different lakes where fishing is also productive. One of these is lake Carmi, which is the fourth largest natural lake. Species found here include walleyes and other warm-water fish species. St Catherine lake is another hot destination for anglers, of different skill levels, looking for fishing opportunities. Some of the most popular catches here are panfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, yellow perch, and northern pike.

So, if you are planning to visit Burton Island, make sure to plan your trip in advance. This is because Burton is only accessible via boat. Thus, one cannot bring their car and has to carry with them all their fishing and camping equipment. So, make sure to pack all necessary items before heading out to Burton to camp and fish.

Fish species
Brown Bullhead 
Brown Bullhead  fish

Habitat: Lake, River, Backwater

Weight: 1 - 5 Pounds

Length: 8" - 22"

Northern Pike
Northern Pike fish

Habitat: Onshore

Weight: 2 - 34 Pounds

Length: 16" - 29"

Smallmouth Buffalo
Smallmouth Buffalo fish

Habitat: Lake, River, Tributaries

Weight: 20 - 50 Pounds

Length: 16" - 44"

Rainbow Trout 
Rainbow Trout  fish

Habitat: River, Lake

Weight: 1 - 8 Pounds

Length: 16" - 34"

American Yellow Perch
American Yellow Perch fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Backcountry

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 1" - 10"

Atlantic Salmon 
Atlantic Salmon  fish

Habitat: Onshore, Lake, River

Weight: 8 - 12 Pounds

Length: 24" - 32"

Lake Trout 
Lake Trout  fish

Habitat: Lake

Weight: 5 - 15 Pounds

Length: 25" - 59"

Brown Trout
Brown Trout fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 2 - 40 Pounds

Length: 13" - 39"

Burton Island: More Than Just a Place for Angling

Burton Island is known to be a calm and peaceful place where one could go angling undisturbed. However, there is more to Burton than angling, as it has different activities which anglers, children, and the whole family can enjoy. 



Burton Island has 15 boat moorings and a 100-slip marina, all with a WIFI connection and dockside electricity. This is one of the things why Burton is unique and why it stands among others. Thus, boating is something not to miss when in Burton.

2.Wildlife Watching

Burton Island is rich with different species of both land and water, and even air! So, when visiting Burton Island, make sure to pause and devote some time to look around and appreciate different animals such as beavers, otters, turkeys, wood frogs, spring peepers, American toads, ruffed grouses, and yellow-spotted salamander.

Fishing Techniques
Ice Fishing
Ice Fishing