Wright's Sport Shop
Fishing Lake Memphremag, Fishing Lake Champlain, Fishing the Clyde River or simply fishing local ponds, brooks or streams.
Allow our experienced and seasoned staff to assist you in selecting the perfect Rod, Reel, Line, Bait , jig, rig or down rigger for your VT Fishing Adventure.Fishing Equipment & Supplies
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Fishing Equipment to fit all levels of experience, we aim to please.
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Newport / Derby Fishing Information
Lake Memphremagog, Newport, VT
Offers great fishing access for families. The park is located at the mouth of the Clyde River on the shores of Lake Memphremagog and has a large mowed area which makes casting from shore easy.
There is also a foot bridge across a narrow portion of Lake Memphremagog where a child can simply drop bait right over the side of the bridge without casting. There is also playground equipment and ball fields in case the fishing is slow.
Lake Memphremagog Fish Species
Yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, bullhead catfish, rock bass, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass can be caught from spring through fall, but the fishing for these species is especially good in the spring and early summer during their spawning runs. Chain pickerel and northern pike can also be caught from spring through fall. Landlocked salmon and steelhead rainbow trout can be caught in early spring and in the fall, especially near the mouth of the Clyde River.
Lake Memphremagog Fishing Techniques
Live worm or minnow fished under bobber or on the bottom. Senko-style worms, tube jigs, spoons, and spinners are artificial lures worth trying.
* Courtesy of our friends at VT Fish & Wildlife Department
Some claim Lake Memphremagog contains a reptile-like monster named Memphre (or Memphré), which has received sightings since the 18th century and continues on in the folklore of the area in a similar vein as the Loch Ness Monster. It is claimed that Memphre has been spotted as recently as 2000
Clyde River Fishing Information
Brighton, Spectacle Pond
Charleston, Great Falls
Derby, Clyde Pond & Lake Salem
The Clyde River is a tributary of Lake Memphremagog, over 25 miles (40 km) long, in northern Vermont in the United States. It is the easternmost of the four major rivers in Orleans County.
It is the most powerful of the four within Orleans County, powering several turbines at damsites and is part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
The river has its source in Spectacle and Island Ponds in Brighton. Runs northwest through Charleston and falls into Lake Memphremagog in Newport. With the exception of three miles (5 km) of rapids near its mouth, this is a very sluggish stream, passing through in its course, several natural ponds of considerable size.
Even during spring high water, there is barely a perceptible current. The river is about 25 miles (40 km) long. It drains the water from about 146 square miles (378 km2).
The Route 105/114 junction to Clyde Road section of Clyde River in Vermont is 21 miles (34 km) long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section.
Clyde River Fish Species:
- Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chain Pickerel, Land locked Salmon
Beaver populate the countryside and sometimes undercut the streamside silver maple, toppling them into the water thereby creating logjams. The river winds through farm country, with silver maple and alder dominating the shoreline. Northern white cedar, an occasional willow, and a variety of shrubs line the 40-foot (12 m) wide waterway, and vegetation dips right into the water.
Lake Willoughby Fishing Information
Lake Willoughby Fish Species:
Lake Willoughby contains rainbow trout (wild and stocked), Lake Trout, landlocked Atlantic salmon (mainly stocked), rainbow smelt, burbot, yellow perch, longnose sucker, white sucker, lake chub, common shiner, and round whitefish which is a native species of extremely limited distribution in Vermont.
Lake Willoughby is a lake in the town of Westmore in Orleans County in the northeast section of Vermont.
Lake Willoughby is a glacial lake over 300 feet (91 m) deep in places, the deepest lake entirely contained in the state.
The lake's southern end is surrounded by the Willoughby State Forest. This state park includes Mount Pisgah, Mount Hor, and Bartlett Mountain. Willoughby is listed as a National Natural Landmark.
The sheer cliffs of Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor provide an environment conducive for arctic and cliff-alpine plants, as well as ideal nesting areas for the rare peregrine falcon.
More than 100 bird species has been recorded around the lake including thrushes, warblers, hummingbirds, jays, finches, loons, herons and gulls.
The lake is known for its clarity and chilly temperature. Because of its depth, it freezes later than other lakes in the Northeast Kingdom.
Willy the Lake Monster
Similar to other lakes in the surrounding area, Willoughby has adopted its own legend of a sea monster, named Willy.
Legend stated that the higher Lake Willoughby had an underground aquifer that fed Crystal Lake — This has been debunked by geologists.
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Vermont's Sportfish Line-Up
Brook Trout -Vermont's only native stream-dwelling trout. Actually a char, they have worm-like marking against a greenish back, and their flanks are covered with light yellowish spots, with small bright red spots surrounded by blue halos along the literal mid-section. They have squarish tails, hence the nickname "Squaretails". *
Brown Trout - A true trout that were first brought to Vermont from their native Europe in 1892.
They have a light brown overall color, especially in streams, with dark spots intermixed with reddish-orange spots along their flanks, with each spot surrounded by a light halo. *
Lake Trout - A native to many of Vermont's deep, cold lakes and like brook trout, are actually
a char. They have a forked tail, white leading edges on their lower fins, and irregular light spots against a back-ground color that ranges from light olive green to gray. *
Landlocked Salmon - Identical to sea-going Atlantic salmon. They have a forked tail, silvery flanks, and black spots on the upper half of their body. Unlike lake-dwelling brown trout, which they can closely resemble, salmon have no spots on their adipose and tail fins. *
Rainbow Smelt -
A small, slender schooling fish found in Vermont's deeper and colder lakes. They have a strongly forked tail and iridescent silver flanks. They are a favorite forage fish of trout and salmon, and are popular with ice fishermen. *
Rainbow Trout - A true native to the American West that were introduced in Vermont in the 1800s. Their tail and flanks are heavily spotted with small, well-defined black spots, and theirflank usually has a pink or reddish stripe, for which they are named. Migratory lake-run rainbow trout are silverfish in color and are called steelhead. *
Brown Bullhead - The "horned pout" are the most common member of the catfish family in Vermont. They have smooth, olive-brown to dark-brown flanks with a sharp, stout spine on the
leading edge of their dorsal and pectoral fins. They have a broad, flat mouth surrounded by six whisker-like barbels. *
Chain Pickerel - A member of the same family that includes northern pike. Unlike pike, pickerel have fully scaled gill covers, and their tail, dorsal and anal fins have no conspicuous spots or blotches. Their flanks are a light, golden green, with dark, chain-like markings. *
Largemouth Bass -
The largest member of the sunfish family in Vermont. They have a large, round mouth when open, and when their mouth is closed their upper jaw extends well past their eye. Their flanks are light green to golden-green, with a pronounced horizontal bar. *
Northern Pike -
A long, slender fish that has a large mouth, and dorsal and anal fins placed far to the rear. They have greenish gray flanks with several rows of irregular, yellowish-white bean shapedspots. Pike have scales only on the upper half of their gill covers and their tail, dorsal and anal fins have dark spots or blotches. *
A small, brightly colored sunfish that is representative of a group of fish called "panfish," which in Vermont includes bluegill, redbreast sunfish, rock bass and black crappie. Panfish rarely exceed 10 inches, but they are excellent eating, abundant and fun to catch for anglers of all ages. *
Smallmouth Bass -
Closely related to largemouth bass, except they prefer cooler, clearer waters and when their mouth is closed their upper jaw extends only to just below their eye. Their flanks are golden green to brownish bronze, with 8 to 15 dark, thin vertical bars. *
Yellow Perch -
One of Vermont's favorite food fishes and common to waters throughout the state. A schooling fish, yellow perch have golden-yellow flanks with 6 to 8 dark vertical bars. In the late winter and early spring, spawning males develop bright orange lower fins. *
Walleye - The largest member of the perch family that includes yellow perch and sauger. They have a large, silvery eye, a milky belly and flanks that range from olive brown to
golden-yellow. Walleye can be differentiated from sauger, which they closely resemble, by their first dorsal fin, which is dusky colored and spotless. *
* Courtesy of our friends at VT Fish & Wildlife Department
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