Fishing facts about Lake Champlain:
WHERE: Lake Champlain straddles the New York-Vermont border and extends into Canada. Fifty-six percent of the lake lies in Vermont, 37 percent in New York and 7 percent in Quebec.
SIZE: It covers 278,480 acres and is 125 miles long.
HISTORY: The lake was named after the French explorer, Samuel de Champlain, who came upon it in 1609. The huge body of water played key roles in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
DID YOU KNOW? In the late 1990s, Congress designated Champlain as one of the Great Lakes. That designation was later removed after complaints that Champlain was far smaller than the other Great Lakes.
FISHING: Champlain is recognized as one of the nation's best bass fisheries, with good populations of both smallmouths and largemouths. It also has impressive numbers of trophy northern pike, lake trout, Atlantic salmon, brown trout and walleyes.
LORE: For years, residents have talked about a giant sea serpent similar to the Loch Ness Monster that supposedly lives in Lake Champlain. Champ, as it is called, is dismissed as fable by biologists, who doubt such a creature exists. But some continue to claim it does and say they have seen it during fishing or boating trips on the huge lake.
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