Well-known among local and regional anglers for years, Vermont’s spring catch and release bass fishing opportunities will soon get a boost in national and international attention as they will be the focus of the Canadian-based television show, “Outdoor Passion”, scheduled to air on the renowned World Fishing Network (WFN) in mid-April.
Outdoor Passion’s show highlighting Vermont fishing will air on WFN on Sunday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (EST), Monday, April 17 at 5:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 a.m., and on Friday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.
The show, led by host Ray Carignan and Vermont fisheries biologist Shawn Good, will feature incredible springtime catch and release bass fishing action on Lake Champlain, a visit to the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle to see the operations of a Vermont fish hatchery, and will also highlight the state’s unique fishing access area program that offers anglers 186 free public boat ramps across Vermont.
“Do you know the best-kept secret of the northeast,” the Outdoor Passion narrator asks. “If you love smallmouth and largemouth then you should learn of a place that offers world-class bass fishing during the month of May.
It’s not unusual to have 50 or 60 fish days here, with many in the 4-pound range. Doubling up on trophy catches is also not uncommon on this lake. Quite often big pike, walleye or even a salmon or the odd laker will want to join in the fun on this part of Champlain. Very few lakes anywhere on the planet offer such fishing.”
The show goes on to profile Vermont’s free fishing access areas.
“Vermont realizes the economic value which anglers contribute to the local economy,” says the narrator. “They go out of their way to make visitors welcome. We love coming here to enjoy all these facilities and the incredible fishing.”
“Vermont’s bass fishing, especially Lake Champlain, has been the focus of media attention and garnered accolades for several decades now,” said Shawn Good, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “And, while there’s truly never a bad time to fish for bass in Vermont, the catch and release season during April, May and early June can be absolutely amazing, maybe the best fishing of the entire year.”
Vermont’s catch and release bass season runs through June 10, when the state’s traditional bass season begins. During the traditional bass season, from June 10 through November 30, anglers may keep bass based on daily limits applicable to the waters they are fishing.
“We’re thrilled that the Outdoor Passion folks were able to come experience just how good Vermont bass fishing can be during the springtime, and even more excited that they’ll soon be sharing their time on the water with anglers across the United States and around the world,” said Good. “Whether you’re already an avid Vermont bass angler, or someone looking to come fishing here for the first time, you’ll want to keep an eye out for this action-packed show.”