PLATTSBURGH — Lake Champlain is ranked 27th among 180-plus bass fisheries by Bassmaster magazine.
That's quite a drop from the No. 5 ranking it earned in 2012, but the lake still has a lot to offer, even beyond an abundance of bass, according to an online slideshow by the publication that describes America’s Top-100 bass fisheries.
“Besides getting to cast in a fishery where a lake monster is reported to live (think Loch Ness Monster, named Champ), anglers should get excited about the fishing," it says.
"Although many anglers assume this is a smallmouth lake (which it certainly is), the largemouth here grow fat and are more abundant than many believe.”
The lake was ranked 16 in 2013 and fell to No. 27 this year.
“The Bassmaster 100 Best Bass Lakes project spawned from our desire to not only identify traditionally good bass fisheries, but also to spotlight lakes that are red hot right now,” Bassmaster Editor James Hall said in a press release.
“Our goal is to make the annual rankings as objective as possible by using the most current data available from state wildlife agencies, current tournament data and expansive polling of the B.A.S.S. membership.”
The compiling of the list constituted of a series of steps taken by Bassmaster, including getting input from wildlife services, outdoor writers and the opinions of various pro and amateur anglers.
The magazine not only asked state wildlife departments to rank their top lakes but to explain their criteria for those rankings.
And in order to not leave any lakes out of the competition, the publication expanded its opinion group to Facebook, where the 580,000-plus fans of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society had a chance to chime in.
Lake Champlain is the site of five or six major bass tournaments each year.
SEE THE SLIDESHOW
Check out Bassmaster magazine's Top 100 Bass Fisheries at: http://tinyurl.com/n3r7nno.