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Some Great Fishing Derbies in Vermont

Every year Lake Champlain International (LCI) puts on four great fishing derbies. For those of you who like to win a little money while pursuing your favorite outdoor pastime, you may want to check out these upcoming derbies, the first one of which starts in a little over a week from now.

So head on up to Vermont for some great fishing and maybe win some money while you are at it. . .

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The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby LogoFishing fanatics may want to take note of “the Derby” as it is simply known on-island. Officially the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, the derby is in its 68th year this fall. It started in the middle of September (September 15, 2013) and runs through October 19, 2013. Prizes awarded include:

  • Daily 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th prizes fore each species except False Albacore
  • Weekly awards for the largest fish in each category for each species
  • Overall and grand prizes
  • Grand Slam prize
  • Top Rod award
  • False Albacore award

Species of fish eligible for the tournament are: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonito and False Albacore.

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LCI Fishing Derbies in Vermont for 2013

Lake Champlain International (LCI), a non-profit actively involved in fisheries and conservation issues, hosts several major fishing derbies on Lake Champlain. For 2013 they have three major derbies queued up for your fishing fun:

  1. Father’s Day Fishing Derby – This year will be LCI’s 32nd annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby. The derby will run from Saturday, June 15, 2013 through 4:00 PM, Monday, June 17, 2013. There are three divisions – cold water, cool water, and warm water – allowing you to catch: Atlantic Salmon/Steelhead, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Bowfin, Catfish, and Sheepshead. Minimum length rules apply. This derby is a based on a cumulative points system.
  2. LCI Champlain Basin Derby – 2013 is the first year for the LCI Champlain Basin Derby. This is a season-long derby that started on April 13, 2013 and runs through March 31, 2014. There are cash prices for 15 species of fish, including: Bowfin, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Carp, Channel catfish, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Sheepshead, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, White Perch, and Yellow Perch. Minimum length rules apply. This derby is based on the largest fish caught. This derby includes any public body of water within the US boundaries of the Lake Champlain Basin (PDF). This is a largest fish (by weight) derby.
  3. LCI Evinrude Fox Marine Bass Open – 2014 marks the 14th LCI Bass Open. As the name would apply, this one-day derby is all about Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. Over $3,000 in prize money is on the line. The Bass Open will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2013 in in Malletts Bay in Colchester, Vermont. Come out for this derby to experience why Outdoor Life magazine calls Lake Champlain “one of the best bass fishing destinations in the country”.

Sounds like some great fishing fun is on-tap for 2013 on Lake Champlain.

If you need a place to stay while fishing Lake Champlain check out our lodging directory: Vermont Lodging.

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Make Maine Fishing Part of Your Vacation Plans

By Don Kleiner, Master Maine Guide

Fishing on either fresh or salt water is an excellent way to get outside and enjoy Maine. Fishing provides beautiful scenery, time on the water with your family or friends and perhaps even a willing fish to share the fun. Fishing is a great way to create great outdoor memories. With over 6,000 lakes and ponds, miles of moving water and a 5,500 mile coastline Maine offers plenty of opportunity.

Picture of a Girl FishingFishing can be as simple or complicated as your desire and experience level allow. From a simple family perch fishing expedition with bobbers and bait for the beginners (learn more about basic fishing techniques at takemefishing.org) to a carefully presented fly on a free flowing river there is plenty for every experience and interest level.

Maine:

  • Has more wild brook trout waters than all the other states in the east combined
  • Is the only state outside Alaska with Arctic Char
  • Has one thousand wild brook trout ponds managed for wild self-sustaining populations
  • Has astounding catch rates for good-sized small mouth bass, striped bass, bluefish and mackerel

Almost all fishing will require a license (that is how Maine funds fisheries management programs) information on licensing is available here and fishing licenses can be purchased online.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has an application that uses Google Earth to provide a lot of information on lakes and ponds throughout the state. The Maine Fishing Guide is available for download.

Of course hiring a guide will make your first fishing experience into a guaranteed memory, the Maine Professional Guides Association provides an extensive list of guides around the state.

About the Author
Don Kleiner of Maine Outdoors is a Master Maine Guide who has been creating great outdoor memories for clients for 25 years. Don guides in the mid-coast region of Maine.

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2011 Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby

Sports fishermen take note, the annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby will kick off this Sunday, September 11, 2011 and will run through October 15, 2011. This has been an annual event since 1946 making 2011 the 66th annual edition of “the Derby”. Fishermen come to fish for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonito and False Albacore in three categories:

  1. All Tackle Division
  2. Junior All Tackle Division
  3. Fly Rod Division
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RV Fishing Vacation to New Hampshire

By Joe Laing, El Monte RV Rentals

Excellent fishing is one of the best reasons to come to New Hampshire, especially when your “fishing camp” is a comfortable RV. Probe the ponds, lakes and rivers of the Granite State and you’ll know why millions of anglers flock there every year. Here’s a handy guide to five amazing places to plan an RV fishing vacation in New Hampshire.

  • Echo Lake at Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountain Region of New Hampshire promises both brook trout and nicely-wooded Cannon Mountain RV Park. There’s plenty of fishing adventure to be found in this cold, clean White Mountain waterway (that’s if you can pull yourself away from the scenic trails through the granite “Notch” and to the park’s many waterfalls!)
  • Lake Sunapee – New Hampshire’s Lake Sunapee is home to lake trout, brook trout, bass, pickerel and even landlocked salmon. Three lighthouses along the lake, as well as several islands and four thousand acres of crystal clear water, will also hold your interest as you fish Sunapee. Reserve a campsite at Crows Nest Campground in Newport for convenient camping close to the fishing action.
  • The Merrimack Valley of Southern New Hampshire is overflowing with great places to fish. The Suncook, Merrimack and Salmon Falls Rivers will keep your RV camping anglers busy for weeks! When they’re finished river fishing for brook trout and largemouth bass, point them toward the ponds and reservoirs for which this area is famous. Some favorites? Massabesic Lake, Suncook Lake and Turtletown Pond are only three of the dozens of lakes, brooks and ponds promising bluegill, brown trout and chain pickerel action. Reserve a campsite at Twin Oaks Campground near Allenstown and your New Hampshire fishing and camping vacation will be complete.
  • Umbagog Lake on the Maine/New Hampshire border draws sportsmen year-round. Anglers traveling to New Hampshire by RV come looking for the brown bullheads and smallmouth bass hidden in the many coves of Umbagog. Don’t miss the additional fishing excitement on the Umbagog’s tributaries, the Androscoggin and Magalloway Rivers, angling for chain pickerel. When you consider that tremendous sport fishing potential is combined with improved campsites near the water and nice lakeshore amenities, you’ll soon finding yourself listening to the loons on Lake Umbagog!
  • One more spot you’ll want to visit soon if trout fishing is your passion is Southwest New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region. Legendary fishing holes like the Ashuelot River, Swanzey Lake and Chester Pond will keep your lines popping with trout. AnglerGuide.com has a terrific, up to date rundown on fishing prospects in the Monadnock Region’s waterways.

Feeling a bit more independent and want to plan your own itinerary? New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department maintains an excellent online directory to the state’s rivers, lakes and ponds.

These are only five of the hundreds of fishing hot spots New Hampshire has to offer. Here’s the lowdown on RV camping and fishing in the Granite State – whether you’re fishing Squam Lake or Lake Winnipesaukee, Akers Pond or even saltwater fishing off New Hampshire’s coast, you won’t come home empty-handed. Gather your favorite fishing crew and pack the RV; there’s an angling adventure awaiting you in New Hampshire.

About the Author

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see the Monty’s Musings RV Camping Blog or the new Monty’s RV Vacation Photo / Picture Gallery.

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RV Camping & Fishing in Massachusetts

By Joe Laing, El Monte RV Rentals

The Bay State is a delightful destination for RV camping anglers. Cool blue lake waters, magnificent mountain streams and the fertile fishing waters of the Atlantic keep RV travelers returning for another round of fishing in Massachusetts. Let’s explore the fishing and camping possibilities of Massachusetts’ lakes, rivers and ocean shores.

Lake Fishing in Massachusetts
The clear water “ponds” of Massachusetts promise plenty of action for motorhome campers who like to keep a line in the water. Webster Lake, for instance, sixty miles west of Boston near the Connecticut border, is a favorite with both trout and bass fishermen. By camping in a motorhome at nearby Lake Manchaug Campground, you can take advantage of the public boat launch at that “great pond”, as well.

Another great fishing jaunt can be had at Lake Cochituate, less than thirty minutes west of Boston on the Massachusetts Turnpike. That’s where you’ll find prime largemouth bass fishing in the lake’s North, Middle and South Pond areas. One more type of fishing enjoyed immensely by Massachusetts anglers is shore-fishing for landlocked salmon at Quabbin Reservoir. The crystal clear waters of Boston’s water supply are also home to lake trout and bass.

Rivers and Streams in Massachusetts
RV camping anglers who follow the rivers and streams of Massachusetts are sure to find excellent fishing. The mighty Merrimack River meets the Atlantic at Newburyport, and that’s where you’ll find well-guided charters that promise great bluefish and striper fishing.

Likewise, the incredibly scenic Connecticut River offers numerous easy access points for fishing boats at spots like Northfield, Gill and Easthampton. Although many anglers are hoping to catch stripers on the Connecticut, don’t miss the excitement of also fishing for American shad.

Fly fishermen will enjoy the waters of the Lower, Middle and Upper Deerfield Rivers of Northwest Massachusetts, where the brook trout and “brownies” are abundant. In the same way, the Westfield River in Western Massachusetts will yield rainbow, brown and brook trout to the wily fly fisherman. And don’t forget, RV camping keeps any fishing trip easy and affordable. Simply make reservations at nearby campgrounds as you follow your fishing dreams through Massachusetts.

Ocean Fishing off the Massachusetts Coast
The Bay State’s Atlantic Coast offers a wealth of fishing opportunities for the adventurous RV camper. Fishing day charters out of harbor towns such as Scituate and Green Harbor off Massachusetts Bay and Brewster off Cape Cod promise the chance to bring home bluefin tuna, striped bass and bluefish.

On the North Shore, the port cities of Newburyport and Gloucester also provide the chance to test your skills against mako shark, haddock and Atlantic cod. Camping at conveniently located North Shore RV parks such as Black Bear Campground in Salisbury keep your fishing expedition comfortable.

About the Author

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see the Monty’s Musings RV Camping Blog or the new Monty’s RV Vacation Photo / Picture Gallery.

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RV Fishing Expedition to Maine

By Joe Laing, El Monte RV Rentals

As soon as the snows begin to melt, RV camping anglers begin to dream of fishing expeditions. The State of Maine is home to near-mythical spots filled with verdant scenery, first-class RV campgrounds and fishing holes worth writing home about. Whether you like the lure of open water lake fishing or long to stand by a tree-shaded brook and wait out the trout, Maine is the place of which fishing legends are made.

Maine RV Camping and Fishing Possibilities

  • The Allagash: Fortunately for anglers hoping to land large trout, the cold waters of Maine are the perfect breeding grounds for several species. The “Allagash” as the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is known, is an enormously popular destination for trout fishermen. Ninety two miles of waterway connect lakes, streams and rivers within this pristine North Woods haven. FlyFishinginMaine.com offers useful information on recommended flies, line and methods of access to the Allagash. Allagash Gateway Campsite is highly-rated by return fishing fans.
  • Kennebec River Salmon Fishing: The Kennebec flows for one hundred miles through some of Maine’s most remote regions. It supplies endless hours of fishing challenge to salmon fishermen, in particular. Landlocked salmon can be found almost the entire length of this wildly picturesque river, but VisitMaine.com especially recommends these especially salmon-rich areas:
    • Indian Pond to Wyman Lake
    • Bank and shallows fishing below Wyman Dam
    • Solon to Madison for wild and stocked salmon

    The Evergreens Campground at Solon and Giordano’s Campground in Winslow, ME each offer extra amenities to make your fishing and camping expedition more comfortable.

  • Maine Lakes Region: We can’t talk about fishing in Maine without mentioning the state’s famous “Lakes Region”, where fishing spots like Sebago Lake, Thompson Lake and Long Lake draw scores of fishermen from May to October. Sebago promises lake trout, landlocked salmon and smallmouth bass enough for any angler. Sebago Lake Marina is an excellent resource for RV campsites, bait, boat rentals and fishing supplies, and they can always tell you where the big ones are biting. Another excellent RV campground with direct access to both Sebago and Long Lakes is Sebago Lake Family Campground near Standish, ME.
  • Coastal Maine Fishing: Port towns like Port Elizabeth, Moody and Ogunquit offer a completely different fishing experience to RV travelers. Where Maine’s many rivers finally meet the Atlantic, there are opportunities to fish the surf, the shore and the riverbank all within a short distance.Try fishing the Webhannet River near Wells Harbor and then stay for some saltwater fishing off nearby public jetties. Mackerel fishing fans will find exciting action at the Cape Porpoise pier, while surf fishing aficionados will enjoy a day at Seapoint Beach.

The Pine Tree State has streams, lakes, rivers and seashores filled with fishing excitement just waiting to be discovered by RV travelers. Clear, clean waters, gorgeously wooded hillsides and rugged Atlantic shores create the perfect backdrop for an extended stay. Choose one of Maine’s scenic fishing regions and start planning your own RV camping and fishing expedition soon.

About the Author

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see the Monty’s Musings RV Camping Blog or the new Monty’s RV Vacation Photo / Picture Gallery.

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New England Saltwater Fishing Show, Providence, RI

This is billed as the largest saltwater fishing show in the northeast. So if your are saltwater angler, you may wish to get on over to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence for the New England Saltwater Fishing Show. The show offers

  • Dozens of seminars
  • A virtual fishing simulator
  • A bass boat simulator
  • …and of course, show discounts and specials…

The show runs today through March 13, 2011.

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RV Fishing Vacation in Vermont

It’s never too early to plan your next fishing outing. Thanks to Joe Laing of El Monte RV Rentals for providing us with this post.

Vermont’s pristine rivers are prime fishing territory for RV camping fans ready to spend time in a boat or on the bank. From the mighty Connecticut River to Lake Champlain, there’s a place to find your fishing bliss in Vermont. Follow along as we describe the joys of an RV fishing vacation in Vermont.

Vermont’s Waterways
If you’re hoping for easy access to the water, you’re in luck! The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department maintains dozens of access points that make reaching this state’s great fishing holes easy. Their helpful access point map lets you plan which regions of Vermont you’d like to fish, the first step to an exciting Vermont RV camping and fishing trip.

For example, the mighty Connecticut River runs the border between Vermont and New Hampshire, and sites like Haverhill Bridge at Newbury provide a concrete boat ramp to help you launch quickly. You’re likely to find brown trout, rainbow trout, walleye and bullhead near the Haverhill Bridge area of the Connecticut.

Two more popular places to fish the Connecticut River are below the dam at Bellows Falls, VT for walleye and at Vernon Dam for brook trout. You’ll also find this area a wealth of small reservoirs just made for a day of fishing. If you’re planning to fish Southern Vermont, also plan to stay at Hidden Acres Campground, a Woodalls-approved camping resort near Dummerston.

But if a quiet country pond is where you find your bliss, try the fishing at Bald Hill Pond at Westmore or at nearby Newark Pond. While you’re in the area, definitely plan to spend time at Lake Willoughby, a beautiful glacier lake where landlocked Atlantic salmon are waiting to put you to the test. By the way, White Caps Campground on the shores of Lake Willoughby is the perfect home base for your Vermont Northern Kingdom RV trip.

But let’s get back for a moment to Vermont’s famous rivers. Not all rivers running through the state are as well-known as the Connecticut, but the fishing’s fine even in the smallest. One example: the wild brown trout are waiting and the scenery is spectacular on the Battenkill River near East Dorset in Central Vermont. Plan to stay at Dorset RV Park, just twenty minutes down the road.

And we can’t leave our discussion of the joys of Vermont fishing without mentioning the two largest lakes in the state. Lake Champlain straddles the border between Vermont and New York and promises an unforgettable RV fishing vacation. This spectacularly scenic lake is famous for several species of trout and bass, as well as trophy landlocked salmon. Park your RV at 10 Acres Campground on the shores of Lake Champlain and enjoy easy boat access.

And, finally, Lake Memphremagog is split by the Vermont/Quebec border. The cold glacier waters of this farthest northern lake in Vermont is amenable to both fly fishing and bait casting, so RV camping anglers should find plenty of action here. Rock bass and northern pike patrol the waters of this international lake, and the city of Newport, VT operates Prouty Campground on the lake’s southern shore.

Spring is on the way and the fish will soon be biting in Vermont. Hopefully the resources we’ve provided will help you plan your trip. The Green Mountain State can be the gateway to your best RV fishing vacation ever!

About the Author
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see the Monty’s Musings RV Camping Blog or Monty’s RV Vacation Photo / Picture Gallery.

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