Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pike fishing has been in fashion for many years as evidenced by this dated photo. Note the youthful look, the eager smile and the assortment of gear that always accompanies the avid hard water angler. These fish, handled with the traditional eyeball grasp, will soon become some darn good table fare.

Scott shows off a typical Holiday Harbor pike in front of shanty #3. Equipped with a wood stove and benches, these shantys are a welcome respite from the icy, cold wind. This fish was released soon after this photo to grow even larger for the next catch. It's alway a thrill to hear the cry of "Flag!" and watch the rush to the tip up to discover what lies beneath the ice.

Fathers and sons (as well as wives, daughters and others) can all enjoy the sport of ice fishing. These guests enjoyed a "bluebird" day with bright skies and plenty of action on several tip ups.

Many folks like to get set up well before daylight; eager for the "early bite". Others like to stay on the ice until the last rays of sun have disappeared. Early or late, the time spent on the ice is always enjoyable and one to remember for a long time.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The approach of winter

Winter brings a variety of activities to the North Country, but for many of us, it means one thing: Ice Fishing!
Panfish like these yellow perch and bluegill, make great table fare. The popularity of fishing for these scrappy, smaller fish is growing each year with tournaments and national teams heading to Lake Champlain for some of the best ice fishing in the east.

Although the walleye population is not what it once was, restoration projects by groups like the Lake Champlain Walleye Association are helping this great game fish make a comeback in Lake Champlain. It's a thrill to see those "eyes" coming to the hole and a great treat to enjoy catching these wily fish.

Considered a "trash fish" for many years, the northern pike is easily the most sought after species using tip ups in the northern tier of Lake Champlain. Knowing how to dress these fine fish and eliminate the Y bones, makes for some of the finest eating fish in all the lake. If you want to give it a try, contact Bruce at Holiday Harbor for more info.

These guys know what it's all about: a fine day of ice fishing with family and friends and a chance to land a good pike or two in the bargain. It's all here at Holiday Harbor. Why not give it a try?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Vermont robes itself in splendor.

Early fall shows its colors in the swamps and wetlands first. The tawny grasses and bare trees are in sharp contrast to the emerging colors.
Fence lines and hedgerows point the way to long travelled entrys and exits to farms and fields.

Lake Champlain has its own magestic beauty as the exposed shorelines separate the colorful trees from the sparkling water.

Almost every road becomes a riot of color and texture. Each tree has a speciality to display at this time of year.

Some of the most dramatic views involve reflections of color. Autumn is also a time of reflection for all of us at Holiday Harbor as we give thanks for a prosperous summer and look ahead to another exciting ice fishing season. Enjoy the colors!
Again, a tip of the hat to brother Mark, for several of these terrific shots! Thanks, bro.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fins, Feathers and Fur

Fat smallies are found both deep and shallow in early to mid fall. As the water temps begin to drop, both live bait and artificials work well on these hungry, foraging brown backs.

All wildlife begins to stir as the cool nights and changing leaves remind all of us of this beautiful season in Vermont and also what lies ahead in the coming days.

Largemouth in great numbers are caught each fall - both in the weeds and off points and drop offs. Some nice fish are still being caught right off the dock and up and down the shorelines of the Alburgh Passage.
Big pike are smashing anything shiny that comes by. Several fishermen target these toothy beasts at this time of year. One father and son trip (usually only bass fishermen) ended their trip with "the best day of fishing we've ever had!" - broken rods, burned out reels and several pike in the 10lb class. It's hard to stop when the action is this hot.

Selective harvesting allows for a nice meal of fresh fish. These beauties will make a couple of nice suppers for Leo and company.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The pictures tell the story

Happy fishermen and plenty of fish make for smiles and good times at Holiday Harbor. Summer means rest and relaxation for folks who come to the Lake Champlain Islands for a break. The peace and quiet of rural Vermont blends with the terrific fishing right off the dock or in a nearby cove. After a good day on the the lake, many guests say they've not slept this well in years! Fresh air, good company, great fishing and clean, comfortable rooms all add up to an affordable vacation that's not too far from home.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Whoever said it's all about the fishing was absolutely right! These fat largemouth bass are just some of the early season bass that have come to the boat. Largemouth bass can be caught in the nearby waters like the Alburgh Passage, Carry Bay, Pelot's Bay and Macomb Bay.

Fiesty smallmouth bass are coming in good numbers, too. Most fishermen are suprized by the healthy action and clean condition of the fish. As the smallies complete their spawning and return to the deep water humps and reefs, most anglers target the daily movement of these fighters as roam back and forth from deep water to shallow.
Northern Pike are found on the outside weed lines, waiting to ambush bait fish. They fall easy prey to big lures and flashy spinners.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Let the Games begin!

A nice run of warm, fair weather greeted fishermen in mid May with air temps in the 70's and water temps approaching the magic 55 degrees here in the Alburgh Passage. Both large and smallmouth bass, northern pike and even the occasional walleye and salmon chased the variety of offerings.

We're happy to welcome friends (both old and new) back to Holiday Harbor for another fishing season. The lake and fishery seem healthy and the scenery is always changing. Thanks to my brother, Mark, for providing some of these nice shots of life in and around Holiday Harbor.