On the West Branch of the Ausable, water temps remained in the low 60s on most stretches. Rain last week boosted flows. Fly-fishers can go the banker’s hours route for Trico fishing at midmorning. Isonychias have made their appearance as well, and Caddis and stoneflies are always a good option.
Lake Champlain has seen plenty of tournament bass action but still offers solid fishing for smallmouths and largemouths despite the pressure. Trollers have picked up lake trout with regularity as well.
Most of the region’s lakes were offering decent bass fishing, notably in the evenings. One hot spot well worth the road trip is the fairly remote Stillwater Reservoir, which boasts loads of smallmouths.