Why Bruce Batchelder Loves Vermont Ice Fishing | Podcast


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The Lure of Ice Fishing in the Champlain Islands

Bruce Batchelder was a child when his parents moved from Island Pond to the Champlain Islands. Ice fishing is a big deal in the islands, where the land is flat and surrounded by Lake Champlain. For Batchelder, ice fishing has been an essential part of his life for as long as he can remember.

A former educator and school administrator, Batchelder and his wife Joanne have owned Holiday Harbor Lodge in North Hero for the past 16 years. The lakeside lodge specializes in Vermont ice fishing, summertime fishing, and other outdoor recreational opportunities. The lodge includes direct lake access with a boat launch and a live bait and tackle shop.

On a recent mid-February weekend, Batchelder was particularly busy hosting a group of ice fishing enthusiasts from Massachusetts for the 42nd Annual Islands Ice Fishing Derby. He took some time to talk about what he loves most about Vermont ice fishing.

“It’s very mysterious and very primal,” he says. “You’re really in touch with the elements, and you have to protect yourself from the cold and the wind. It’s exciting to catch a fish through a small hole in the ice.”

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Happy Vermont Podcast: Vermont Ice Fishing

In this podcast episode of Happy Vermont, Bruce Batchelder talks about the lure of Vermont ice fishing and why he loves the Champlain Islands. You can listen to this podcast on Podbean, Spotify, or wherever you find podcasts.


Champlain Islands, Grand Isle County, Happy Vermonters, Lake Champlain, Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, Outdoors, Podcast, Winter
  • Henry Schneir
    Posted at 23:01h, 17 March Reply

    Best podcast I have ever listened to to!!! This bruce guy sure knows his stuff!! His voice is also very relaxing as well as genuine.

    • Erica
      Posted at 10:53h, 24 March Reply

      Thank you so much, Henry! Bruce was wonderful to interview.

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