Other Lake Champlain
|There are several types of sucker living in Lake Champlain. Two more common ones are the white sucker and the redhorse sucker, shown here. Dan caught this large redhorse sucker at the base of the falls in Vergennes on the Otter Creek. Sucker have major spawning runs in the spring on many lake tributaries. The white sucker is more torpedo shaped than the redhorse and has smaller scales. The redhorse has an arched back in front of its dorsal fin, larger scales, and an oval cross section. What most people don't know is, sucker are good eating with a firm, white, mild flesh, especially in spring.|
|The COMMON CARP is an invasive species brought to the US in the 1870s by the US Fish Commision as a food fish. Although detrimental to Lake Champlain's native species, large robust fish like this 19 pounder Marshall caught are the norm and can provide great excitement. We use European techniques and enjoy making our own bait.|
We caught this CATFISH in a moderate river current using a homemade boilie threaded on a hair rig. These fish inhabit rivers and large streams and often hold on sand, gravel or rock bottoms.
|BULLHEAD prefer slow moving muddy water and can tolerate a silty bottom. They are most often caught after dark in shallow weedy bays and tributaries. Tim caught this one in the spring with a spinner/worm combo while walleye fishing.|