Lake Champlain
Fishing Charter Testimonials

Comments from a few of our guests...

Great Day Fishing with Capt Mick yesterday! I would highly recommend going fishing with him! You're sure to catch fish and he is a Top Notch charter boat captain! Thanks again!!

Keith Nichols
Former US Coast Guard Chief, Station Burlington, VT

Captain Mick,

Thank you for the great time on the water. The trip was the highlight of our “3 Brothers Fishing” reunion. You put us on some great spots, the action was nonstop, and we landed some great fish. I think Richard said it best, “it was like fishing with another friend, not a guide.”

We look forward to another trip someday, tight lines.

David Simmons
Sarasota, FL

A 2010 post from a client on the CTF Fish Talk Forum…

Captain Mickey,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your efforts in putting together our corporate fishing event. Our Board of Directors were so impressed they can't stop talking about the day they had on the lake. You are a true Professional and it really showed today. I will always recommend only one Captain for our lake and that is you Captain Mickey!

Thank you again and expect a call from me in the future.

Jake Wilson
V.P. of Sales & Marketing
Mold-Rite Plastics

"So happy to meet you. We had the best chartered fishing trip Any of us four have been on. Thanks to your knowledge and experience We caught 20 fish in one day all very good size lakers. Just a thank you from all of us! We are all looking forward to coming back and fishing with you again Thanks again, and we hope things are going god for you. See you soon, "

Dan Bob Dewey and Chad

Hi, Mickey.
Just wanted to thank you again for a great trip on Sunday. I was very glad to be able to spend that time with Andrea and my choice of a captain couldn't have been better. The fishing, the setting, and the company were all tops. And the sunset from the ferry was a fitting conclusion. I'm saving up for another trip in the spring and I'll do what I can to spread the word about your service. The salmon was very tasty baked with some soy sauce and maple syrup and a touch of lemon. It also had six more small alewives in its gut and was missing a part of its upper lip which had healed over. Probably a wound from a bad hook release. Here are a couple of photos of Andrea and you. Good fishing!


"Mick, we had a great time fishing with you this past week. Weather was great and the fishing even better! You really put us in touch with the fish, as we caught over 40 lakers in just two short days. Just as important as the great fishing, our time spent with you sharing your knowledge, experiences and fish tales helped enrich the experience we had. Come this Fall, we'll be back to give it another go." Best Regards,

Eric, Dave, Pat and Pete

"Barb and I want to thank you for a great fishing day. It was fun catching so many big fish and we enjoyed your company. You sure know where the big fish hang out in the lake. You will hear from us again."

David Farnsworth

"Dear Mickey,
I wanted to thank you so very much for the wonderful day (Monday May 17th, 2010), I wanted my husband to have the best fishing day he has had in years and since he had never fished Lake Champlain I decided that’s where I was going to take him, I set out to find the best I could find and I got lucky I found you, best thing that could of happened to me. Boy oh Boy, did you ever deliver…….25 Lake trout (10.5 pound Lake Trout WOW what a trill) and 1 Atlantic salmon (the highlight of his day), this was way above my expectation as well as my husband…. he is still grinning from hear to hear, calling all his buddies and having his pictures blown up (show off). You have made what I want so badly to be a special day for him a day he will remember for a long, long time. I will definitely refer you to every Angler we know who wants to have a great experience fishing Lake Champlain and you can be sure we will be back….
Thank you, "

Mona Kruse

"I've just come back from taking my parents on their second trip with Captain Mickey and we all had a wonderful day. Our first trip was late summer and we had such a positive experience we had to do it again. Last summer we caught bass, bowfin and pike. This spring we caught trout. Mickey knew exactly where to go and we all caught a number of fish. He is very attentive and always flexible - a fabulous host.
Thank you Mickey!"

Cynthia Thomas

I have been wanting to get back to you to thank you for a great day on the lake. It has taken us a few days to get back to "normal" and I'm not so sure that is a good thing. The weather down here has really heated up and all the talk for the last few days has been about this hurricane Earl. Usually when it gets hyped up this much it doesn't amount to much. I think we should be safe here in the Hudson Valley. We absolutely enjoyed fishing with you and really appreciate your sharing your knowledge with us. We did get back to the spots you took us and had some continued success. We caught mostly largemouth bass a a few pike. We did get down to the FLW weigh-in in Plattsburgh and were very impressed with the size and quantity of the Smallmouth bass. As you said most anglers were drop-shotting in deeper water and we did see some of them fishing from our camp. The co-angler leader for two days was from Plattsburgh. I ran into him at Gander Mt. and he said he knew you from Trout Unlimited. Anyhow thanks again for the trip and putting up with the crazed dog Millie all day. I am attaching the picture of you and Nancy with the rod breaker. By the way Gander Mt. In Plattsburgh replaced the rod no questions asked. Last thing the Homestead in Chazy was an absolute home run. We ate there for two breakfasts and two dinners and the food was outstanding. We followed both dinner meals up with ice cream from "CREAMIES". Oh man it was gooood. Have a great fall season hope to see you again. Thanks again!"

Bob and Nancy Trenz
New York

"Hey Captain Maynard,
I just wanted to write to thank you again for the great charters you've provided us this year. They were awesome memories and I'm sure this last one is going to be all my dad talks about at Thanksgiving! I hope you don't mind, but I recommended you on a CT fishing forum I frequent. Don't worry, I didn't give away your secrets! Hopefully it brings you business! Have a great winter and thanks again."


"Fishing on Lake Champlain with Captain Mick was an enjoyable day well spent. From the minute we got on the boat until the time we left Mick was working hard to getting us hooked up with some fish and make our day successful. He's a Certified Captain and a personal guy, and his understanding of the History of Lake Champlain made the day enjoyable on many levels.. We caught some beautiful fish and had the finest weather Lake Champlain has to offer and our Family had a day they will never forget!"

Jim May


Thank you very much for taking us on our bass and pike fishing trip last week on Lake Champlain. My wife and I had the trip of a lifetime catching many species of fish and also that huge largemouth bass sue caught. I took her on your charter for her birthday and she said it was the best birthday gift she has ever received.

Best Regards,
Gerry and Sue Brunelle

We saw Captain Maynard's name in a local fishing magazine and thought it would be a great idea to get a head start on the season by going down to Lake Champlain and try out our luck with the Lake Trout. The fishing season was not yet opened in our region and we were quite excited about getting a head start fishing as early as in mid-April. As our luck would have it, we got an overcast day with good winds, not an ideal day weather wise, but nothing to worry about but fishing! We fished for 6 hours and managed to pull in 10 Lakers ranging from 4 to 10 lbs, thanks to Captain Maynard and his expert crew, they knew exactly how to balance all the techniques to keep those fish biting. This trip ranks as one of our fondest fishing memories yet. We were well greeted, well treated and well served!!! We are both looking forward to our next trip already.

Thanks again Captain!!!
Giovanni and Caroline
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Hi Mickey

We had a great time fishing with you last week and would like to thank you for the trip. We appreciate all the extra time you spent with us. As you could probably guess, we love to fish and would spend 15 hours a day if possible. Although we behave a little crazy at times, we take fishing seriously and you did a great job of finding great fishing spots. We would like to thank you again for inviting us to your home for dinner. The steaks were delicious and it was the best meal of our entire trip!
We feel we have made a new friend and look forward to coming back. Maybe we'll even catch a hockey game next time.

Keith Raymond and Carl
West Virginia

Our fishing charter with Captain Maynard was a once in a lifetime experience. My grandson, my two sons, and I had a wonderful time fishing on Lake Champlain. It was a gorgeous day out on the lake, and Captain Maynard welcomed us on the dock with a friendly smile, coffee, and donuts. I will never forget his words before departure, "You will catch fish today." He is an expert fisherman - helping us reel in numerous Brown and Lake trout easily by using his personal knowledge of the topography of the lake. This priceless family outing was a perfect way to celebrate not only our family reunion, but my grandson's recent graduation from West Point. We will never forget this awesome experience that was especially due to Captain Maynard's hospitality and profesionalism.

Happy Fishing,
MAJ (Ret.) Roger A. Schmidt, USAF

Captain Maynard,

Escaping for one day on a well ordered boat with an experienced captain who knows Lac Camplain and the good fishing spots was great. Nothing to do except to wait for enormous 9 to 10 pounds trout to hook on the fishing poles was a treat. 70 pounds of trout in one day was for me the best fishing experience ever. I appreciated your professionalism in every way. I recommend your services with no hesitation.
Thanks again!

Jacques Blais,
Senior partner,
Synergis Insurance Advisers


Denis, Pascal and Pierre wish to thank you for the day they fished with you. They had a great time. Pascal will make sure that you will have the best article possible in our January issue of 2009.
Thanks again and if you need anything, please feel free to contact me.

Antoine Fournier
Coordonnateur de la publicité
Adventure Chasse et Peche


Gerry & I want to thank you for the EXCELLENT fishing trip you took us out on last Saturday. We were so pleased to catch such large and beautiful fish. Even with the water being a bit rough, we were very comfortable in your (larger) boat. Your service and helpfulness was much appreciated. This was truly a trip we will never forget.
Thanks again,

Marc Bourque
Goffstown, NH

Gerry Brunelle
Manchester, NH

Captain Maynard,

“Many thanks for the two fishing trips you took during our family reunion. Our grand children had a fabulous time not only for the great catch of Lake Trout but also for the history lesson about the battles at Crab and Valcour Islands. The weather wasn't the greatest but you still managed to have all of them catch fish and despite the rough waters, no sea sickness!!! We'll need more trips for next year since now all of them want to go. We appreciate all you did, thanks again.”

John & Helen Ianelli
Plattsburgh, NY

“I chartered a fishing trip with Captain Mickey Maynard and our group had a great time on Lake Champlain. Mickey had all the equipment and a wealth of knowledge about the Lake. Mickey makes it easy, even for those who have very little experience with fishing. True to Mickey’s guarantee, our group all caught fish. It was a very fun and relaxing day. I would encourage anyone to book a charter with Lake Champlain Angler. You won’t be disappointed!”

Dave Napolitan
Plattsburgh, NY

Fishing with Captain Mickey Maynard on Lake Champlain is simply a perfect experience. The Captain knows where to fish the gorgeous lake trouts and how to be sure to catch some big ones.

Maurice Charboneau Esq.
Montreal, Quebec

Hi Captain Mick,

I just wanted to thank you again for being such a good captain and host. Being from Canada we were a bit unsure as to what kind of gear we needed, where we should stay and even how to get to Lake Champlain. You quickly stepped up and within minutes I had everything I needed. You were even kind enough to arrange to meet us at our hotel. My main goal for the day was to get my girlfriend to catch a fish – something she had never done before. You certainly didn’t disappoint! Within an hour we were reeling in trout, bass and pike. In short, we had an amazing experience and have the pictures you took to prove it!
Thanks again for all of your hard work.

Jason and Isabelle
Ottawa, Canada

Fishing with Captain Mickey Maynard was so much more that just a day on the water. Right from the start I could see I were going to have a great time. Mickey goes out of his way to make you feel at ease and he takes care of all the details. He is patient and one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever fished with. He made the day fun and I caught a lot of fish and that's what it is all about.
I can't wait for the next trip.

Gary Dragoon
Manager, Print and Fulfillment
Financial Engines
Boston, MA

Captain Mick,

How are you...Great I hope....
We booked a trip with you last year July timeframe and had a great time (even though it rained). We would like to get another charter with you preferably in early July. We have 5 people again this year. Can you let me know if you have something available for us? We will be staying at the North Pole Campground.

Albany, NY


We had a great time fishing with you this past week. Weather was great and the fishing even better! You really put us in touch with the fish, as we caught over 40 lakers in just two short days. Just as important as the great fishing, our time spent with you sharing your knowledge, experiences and fish tales helped enrich the experience we had. Come this Fall, we'll be back to give it another go.

Best Regards,
Eric, Dave, Pat and Pete

Capt Mick,

Hope this email finds you well in the North Country and setting some lines for another good season. I wanted to see if you had any openings in May for a 4 person trip on LC?. We went out last year and did some good fishing and I wanted to bring my crew again. Not sure if you remember us but we did a trip in with my brother in law Drew that used to own Anthony's in Plattsburgh. This year would be my son CJ, Drew, Shawn and I again. If these dates don't work let me know what might in early June as my daughter is knee deep in lacrosse until then...
THX Man,

Pennsylvania Fisherman

Hi Mick,

We had the best chartered fishing trip that any of us have been on. Thanks to your knowledge and experience we caught 20 fish in one day, all very good size lakers I just wanted to thank you, from all of us, Dan, Bob, Dewey, and Chad. We are all looking forward to coming back and fishing with you again! Thanks again, and we hope things are going well for you.

See you soon,

28 lake trout on an 8 hour charter!

“Captain Mick, We had a great time this weekend thanks for all your hospitality and getting us into the fish. The fishing was great and the accommodations were first class!”

Travis Rixford,
New Hampshire Rocks,
Brookline, NH


It was a pleasure meeting you during our recent Champlain adventure. It was a worthwhile (lake trout and salmon) trip with memories I will share with my in-laws for years to come. The LL salmon that Jon caught was very exciting for him and, as you are aware, he will have trouble forgetting about it. We fixed it up nicely with some sliced onions, tomatoes, lemons and butter and allowed it to steam itself inside of its aluminum foil oven. We ate the majority of it for dinner then set aside the remainder to combine with a pound of cream cheese, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a half cup of sour cream and some finely chopped parsley and served it on Ritz crackers. Good Eatin’. We will take you up on the offer to return in November. Thanks again. All the luck to you in your endeavors and God Bless.

Christian Clevenger

Captains Frank and Mickey,

Thanks a bunch for doing exactly as you said you would. We had a great trip and look forward to further trips with you. We enjoyed meeting both of you and please tell Captain Frank that we are very pleaed to have a signed copy of his books. It is funny that both Frank and I dove with Moe Hunt.... small world.

Woody and Susie Harrington
Helen Harrington
Sharon Kelly


Thank you so much for taking Brandon fishing. He had a great time and said you treated him like a king. We would love to return the favor so if you would like to come out this way and go fishing or snow skiing, let us know. We have plenty of room. Take care, and thanks again.

Kimberly Wehrlin
Fab 23 Manufacturing System’s Manager

I wanted to send an e-mail your way thanking you for all of the good fishing brought upon me, either by advice or by trips out with you. You and your website are a major reason why I have caught a lot of the fish that I have up here in Plattsburgh. Not too many people would go out of their way to help me catch fish the way that you have over the past few years and I thank you again for that. See you on the river.

Matt Rogers


“We want to thank you for the job you did guiding my wife and I on the smallmouth bass and largemouth on Lake Champlain. Hope to see you again in September at the same place! Thanks!!”

Wayne Morris

Hi Mickey,

Had a blast (ice fishing) today! Will keep you in mind for future trips to Lake Champlain. Please forward me the link to the movies, or to some still pictures, when you get the chance. My wife is really keen to see them.

Thanks Again, Craig Nelson

Public Service Accolades...

Captain Maynard,

On behalf of the Plattsburgh State Fishing Team, I would like to thank you for your appearance at our meeting on Tuesday. The donation of materials, supply list and instructions for the fishing line and sinker recycling containers will definitely help us in achieving our goal of keeping the places we fish clean. We look forward to working with you and Trout Unlimited in the future.
Thanks again for your time.

Mitch Davis
PSU Fishing Team, President


Thank you for taking the time to write this (Atlantic salmon) article and for providing the photos for the Rotary publication. I'm sure that all anglers will be anxious to read what you've written. You're article will certainly add to the publication again this year.
Thanks again!

Carol VanHise
Editor, The Pennysaver
Plattsburgh, NY


”I wanted to say thank you so much for the opportunity to come over and meet pros Dave Dudley, Laura Long and other members of the Castrol Team. We enjoyed the festivities, and appreciated the doors that opened for us to speak with Scott Martin and Charlie Evans.
We truly appreciate you thinking of us, as well as spending time with us there so we weren't the crazy BBY guys wondering around with a camera!”

Guy Mitrono
CEO Burlington Boatyard


It was good to meet you and your son at the LCI Governor’s Cup. I had a good time. Thank you for your support and good luck in the derby.

Frank Stanley


I would like to thank you for the great gif files you have for fishing on your website. I run a small fishing shop once a fortnight at the local markets, well local for me... If all the way down in Australia. After looking for graphics I found your site. I just wanted to say thank you!!

Richard Bird
Birdies Fishing