The Lund Boats/Lake Champlain International Fishing Derby basin-wide tournament is here, and it's for anglers everywhere!
Lake Champlain International - otherwise known as the LCI - is a federally recognized 501c3 non-profit organization that is passionately dedicated to protecting, restoring, and revitalizing Lake Champlain and its communities. In 2013 it was celebrated by Great Non-Profits as "top-rated" (that's a big deal!), and it has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. It doesn't get any better than that. When it comes to investing in Lake Champlain's future, the LCI cuts no corners.
Senator Bernie Sanders says that "Lake Champlain International is thinking creatively abouthow to engage the community in protecting water quality, making the lake safe for recreation and fishing".
Well, talk about engaging the community! Lake Champlain International and Lund Boats are teaming up to bring you the most exciting fishing derby yet! The 2nd annual riveting contest runs from April 12th, 2014 to March 31st, 2015. 50 weeks, 15 species, and $25,000 in cash prizes!
For you bass enthusiasts out there, Outdoor Life has named Vermont's Lake Champlain the Bass Fishing Capital of America.
American Sportfishing Association Vice President Gordon Robertson has said, "Congratulations, James [LCI Executive Director]. I say this is largely due to Lake Champlain International's diligence to make sure folks know about Lake Champlain and your continuous push to make it better. Keep up the good work."
So when Lake Champlain International puts together a derby, believe us when we tell you - it's going to be as superb as its deeds! Forge unforgettable memories reeling in magnificent fish on Lake Champlain's pristine waters.
The LCI has established minimum derby lengths for the acceptable species of fish that proudly exceed state minimum lengths, in order to invest in our fisheries' health and in our collective future. Eligible species and sizes are as follows (take it from us - these are some beautiful fish!): Bowfin - 23", Brook trout - 12", Brown Trout - 19", Carp - 26", Channel Catfish - 26", Lake Trout - 24", Landlocked Salmon - 21", Largemouth Bass - 16", Northern Pike - 32", Rainbow Trout - 18", Sheepshead - 22", Smallmouth Bass - 17", Walleye - 25", White Perch -12", Yellow Perch - 12". The derby is not based on a cumulative points system, and LCI wishes all participants to note that only your largest fish will be counted. The LCI would like all participants to be mindful that it will not benefit you to bring in more fish than your largest catch, and to keep this conservation ethic in mind as responsible sportsmen and sportswomen. The LCI would like participants to be aware that any fish which do not conform to all Fish & Wildlife laws of the applicable state will not be accepted, and that the lengths established for the derby are for the purposes of conservation.
The LCI believes that healthy water resources are essential for a healthy community and a healthy economy. To restore and protect Lake Champlain for the well-being of today and tomorrow, the LCI motivates, educates and advocates to ensure that Lake Champlain is drinkable, swimmable, and…fishable! So, come out on the boat, grab a friend, and cast those lines for Lake Champlain! Winners will be announced at the end of the tournament. For more information or to register, call (802) 878-3488. In the meantime, check out the latest results updated monthly at www.mychamplain.net!
It's a beautiful world. We have a beautiful lake. We can't wait to see you out there!