Fishing Reports

Dagmar's 2/9/2019 Fishing Report

It's been 15 days since the last report and the fishing conditions have probably changed 15 times since then! Absolute extremes in weather....rain, sleet, snow, hot, bitter cold, you name it.  I didn't know where to start because the conditions changed the next day.  As of today, Saturday, cold, windy and sunny with tons of glare ice everywhere.  

Up on the mountain, Gale Meadows and Lowell Lake have 15-28" of ice! Whoa.  Gale has been slow this week but Lowell has been a perch mecca. Jeremy F. reported 75 perch caught last Sunday.

Wayne got out with Pat C. this week on Paran Lake in North Bennington.  Beautiful warm, sunny day, ton's of people, hundreds of holes (more like swiss cheese) and very few fish between 10am & 5pm.  Wayne caught the smallest perch he has ever caught 1 1/2" long and so thin you could see through it!  Paran had been doing very well but just not Monday.

Lake Shaftbury has more than 10" as well as Emerald Lake.  Bullhead Pond has about 16". All have been producing although it has been varying from day to day.

Derby season has started.  The Poultney Fish and Game Club is holding their Frosty Derby early this year.  Tomorrow is the date and it starts at 5am until 4pm.  We still have tickets, they are $10 for adult & $5 for children.  Some folks pre-fished today.  Have not heard back yet.  Should be a busy day on the lake tomorrow.

Lake Bomoseen has been doing well with the brown trout. Dave K reported in that the crappie have not moved into the shallows yet.

Glen Lake in Vermont has had some monster pike caught up to 25lbs and Cossyuna in NY with huge Muskie last week.  So if you are persistent, the chance is good...

As for the rivers, ugh.  We have not been able to get out.  Either frozen or raging.  Today the flows are 3130cfs on the Battenkill River, (forget it), frozen Back River, Otter Creek is at 1840cfs (forget it).  The only one that is possible is The Wallomsac.  That current flow is at 588cfs.  As long as we get no rain, that should be doable. Temps should be pretty good the next few days, high 20's to 40. Snow showers on Wednesday.

Our first spring (I know, can you believe it?) will be showing up soon. All our orders are in. Keep you posted on our first arrivals. Turkey calls and shotguns are on their way. Gobble gobble! 

See you on the ice.

Dagmar's 01/25/2019 Report

Ice fishing has been if full swing just about everywhere.  Then we received 12-24" of snow everywhere in Vermont.  Good news, bad news depending on your perspective.  Yesterday it rained and it rained and it rained.  Major flooding in many locations.  Here in Manchester it was rough.  Streets, infrastructure, homes, stores flooded.  Ground frozen and no where for the rain to go.  Luckily we here at the shop survived OK.  Sewer system was sketchy for about 12 hours or so but no flooding in our store.  We did raise everything off the floor just in case!  So all of our ammo and tackle boxes are OK.

We are just now getting reports in on the condition on the lakes.  All of the rivers are totally blown out. So stream trout fisherman beware. As of 5:30pm, the Battenkill River is flowing at 15,000 cfu's.  Should be 600!! The Walloomsac is at 1160 cfu's Should be 300-400!! The Otter Creek is at 6200 cfu's. Should be 500!!  Will update those numbers for you as they hopefully come down.  Be careful out there!

So far we were told that Lake Shaftsbury had 8-10" of standing water on the ice.  Have not had any other reports.  Fisherman have been buying bait today so we are looking forward to some updated reports.  Wayne and I hope to go out on Sunday ourselves and check it out.  Temperatures are going down to into the single digits tonight and partly sunny with highs in the low 20's.  So that should help the refreezing and drying up.

If you have any helpful info, please forward it to me at  Also send us your ice fishing pictures.  Get bragging rights that way!  See you on the ice.

Dagmar's 12/18/2018 Report

Well it's here...mostly, the ice!  The ice started forming at the end of November and guys have been fishing since then.  We have had a lot of snow, particularly up in the mountains (up to 3 feet) in the past few weeks.  In the last 10 days we have rain, cold, rain, cold on top of the snow.  We received our first bait shipment last week so we are fully up and running with a store full of goods and bait tanks with plenty of Shiners.

The ice report as reported in to us by anglers is as follows:

Bullhead Pond - Manchester -4-6", perch caught

Emerald Lake - East Dorset - 4-6" with open water on some edges and on the south end - Perch & Pike caught

Lake Shaftsbury - Shaftsbury - 6-8", perch & pickeral caught

Lake Paran - North Bennington - 6 - 8", huge pike caught

Leke St Catherine, Little Lake, Poultney - 6 - 8", tons of pike caught.  Main lake still open. Some coves are freezing up

Lake Bomoseen, Bomeseen - North end is frozen and catching pike.  Rest of lake is still open

Gale Meadows - Winhall - 6-8" mixture of snow & ice. some pickeral

Lowell Lake, Londonderry - never heard back

Conneticut River - 3-6" in coves, Crappie bite is on.

Please take extra care and caution when gjetting on the ice this week.  Very cold tonight but then rain again this weekend.  Conditions can change throughout the same day!

We will be open throught the entire holiday season for bait & supplies.

There are still some fishing open water.  Check out photo gallery for Andrew & George's catch of some beautiful trout.  Remember trout fishing is only open on designated rivers, catch & release only, artificial only. Call us if you are not sure which ones.  Bass season is closed.

The steelhead bite is still on in Pulaski NY.  Stop in if you need to be geared up.  Still have a few steelhead spin rods & fly rods in stock as well as a full selection of waders.

See you on the river or on the ice