Long, narrow and deep, Memphrémagog straddles the U.S. border, with three-quarters of the lake in Quebec and the southern tip in Vermont. You have to feel some l’amour for a lake that promises a veritable smorgasbord of great fishing, especially when it’s just an hour’s drive east of Montreal. While the plentiful trout and chunky landlocked salmon get most of the attention, Memphrémagog’s bassing is good enough to attract major tournaments.
In 2010, Atlantic salmon (land-locked); Good numbers of fish
When to fish: Ice-out is best.
Where to fish: Key in on sandbars and dropoffs near Vale Perkins.
Tip: Troll Mooselook spoons or small streamers.
Lake trout; Good urban fishing
When to fish: Action is consistent throughout the season.
Where to fish: Near Vale Perkins, work the shallows in spring, and the lake bottom as the season progresses; also jig sand and gravel bars.
Tip: Troll small cranks near the surface in the spring. Later in the season, use spoons or jig with Berkley Power Grubs or bucktail jigs.