Navigation and Piloting on Lake Champlain
Caution... Reef! There are many dangerous reefs, shoals and submerged formations to be aware of when boating on Lake Champlain. Here is a view of Colchester Shoal and Reef on the Vermont side of the lake. While it is a very productive spot, especially for cold water species, trolling here requires that the boat operator remain extremely vigilant. I recommend consulting or reviewing nautical charts for waters you intend to fish. Yes, Dominant fish dominate structure, so make this chart check a part of your fishing routine and you'll have safer and more productive outings.

For NOAA Charts online click here.

Sometimes when I'm fishing, I feel like the guy in the small boat at top of this photo. Wait, that is me. I remember seeing the chopper and thinking... "what's next?" Seriously folks, vessel speed on the lake is generally limited to 5 mph when within 100 feet of the shore, a dock, pier, float or anchored boat. A boat operator is responsible for any damage caused by his vessel's wake. Pass other fishermen at no-wake speed and don't crowd one another, too much activity in a small area often causes the fish to relocate. Be considerate, a little respect and sportsmanship goes a long way.
Boat Speed and Proximity
Boaters Right of Way A power driven vessel underway must yeild to a vessal not maneuverable, or restricted in it's ability to maneuver. A power driven vessel must also yeild to a sailing vessel and a vessel engaged in fishing.* A vessel engaged in fishing*, when underway, must yeild to a vessel not under command and a vessel restricted in it's ability to maneuver.
* A vessel engaged in fishing does not include fishing with trolling lines or other apparatus which does not restrict maneuverability. (ie. sport fishing)

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