Bowfishing in New York & Vermont on Lake Champlain

Bowfishing in New York & Vermont on Lake Champlain2018-07-25T14:16:40+00:00

Eastern View Outfitters is located in Plattsburgh, New York, along the shores of the Northeastern portion of Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain is home to the absolute best Bowfishing in New York State! Lake Champlain is an exceptionally diverse lake, rich with opportunities to Bowfish a number of species. No other body of water in New York State allows you to shoot 11 species of fish!! Species targeted are Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Common Carp, Longnose Gar, Burbout, Mullet, Suckers, Shad, Tench and Bullhead may all be taken by Bowfishing on Lake Champlain!! Pike and Pickerel have a special season for targeting these species by means shooting. Bowfishing on Lake Champlain is second to none! More species, means targets, more shooting & of course more fun! Lake Champlain also holds the current New York State record Longnose Gar and Bowfin–so it is very possible to shoot a state record fish on Lake Champlain!

Eastern View Outfitters is #1 in Bowfishing on the big water of Lake Champlain! We are the only United States Coast Guard Licensed and Insured Lake Champlain Bowfishing Charter on the lake. The sport is very beginner friendly for men, women and children, of all ages! If you have never shot a bow… No worries, anyone can Bowfish! The Captain will have you shooting fish in no time! We will give you proper instruction and be there to help guide you to success! You do not even have to touch the fish that you shoot if you do not want to! The Captain will take care of that plus disposing of the fish after your trip! With over 30 years combined Experience Bowfishing in New York & Vermont on Lake Champlain, United States Coast Guard Captains Bryce Collins and Matthew Houser, “Welcome you Aboard!” Come try the most exciting thing you can do with a bow in your hand! Come experience what Bowfishing Fever on Lake Champlain is all about!!

“Had a blast! Top-notch guides, that were very helpful throughout our 6 hour night of bow fishing. Action constantly, and I shot and landed a 25 lbs 8oz Common Carp! Again thanks to our Captain and Guides. Great job! And especially to the Outfitter Bryce Collins & Captain Matt!!!!!”

Gerry Mannigan, New York

“Best Bowfishing trip ever! Capt. Matt was awesome! He taught me how to perfect my bowfishing skills and I was amazed how many fish we saw and I got to shoot at Bowfishing in NY & VT on Lake Champlain. Can’t wait to go back!!”

Yury Shenderov, New York, NY
“Top notch Outfitter!! Myself and my wife  booked a four hour bow fishing charter with Captain Bryce Collins sometime last year for this past Friday. (5/25/18) Of course mother nature had other plans for our trip. We met with Capt. Matt Friday night at our rendezvous point and he explained that is was way to windy to safely fish so we rescheduled for the following night. Matt made the right call, the following night was beautiful. No wind and the Lake was like glass. He showed us the proper way to handle the bow and safely shoot them. We were on fish right away and for a majority of the night. Hitting them was a different story. Bow fishing is much harder then it looks. We had a great time and can’t wait to come back next summer to shoot the ones we missed. I would totally recommend Eastern View Outfitters for your next Lake Champlain Bowfishing trip!”
Steve Scaccolossi, New York, NY

Bowfishing in New York & Vermont on Lake Champlain

Welcome Aboard! Our guests can expect to Bowfish on Lake Champlain in Upstate New York from a custom boat equipped with a shooting deck, lights and a generator to see those big fish that come out to play at night! The vessel is a 21 foot Tracker Sportsman specifically designed for the sport of Bowfishing! Guests will meet the charter Captain at the boat at 8pm at a designated boat launch best for the trip. All trips utilize a boat launch on Lake Champlain no more than 30 minute drive from Plattsburgh, New York. Once at the launch they will meet the Captain and go over Bowfishing tips, techniques and strategy for the night. The Captain will gladly answer questions and provide assistance and instruction on shooting at fish, arrow removal from the fish and even holding fish for pictures if needed. You do not have to touch fish if you don’t want to!! We offer a full line of quality PSE & AMS Bowfishing gear and tackle needed to be successful on your trip for men, women and kids!  We offer 4 and 6 hour Bowfishing Charters on Lake Champlain to accommodate a variety of needs. We limit the trip to no more than 4 people per charter for two reasons. Reason one– Safety, which has always been our #1 priority, with fun is a close second! The second reason, is to provide proper instructor to student ratios–creating better shot opportunities and success for each individual on board. Bowfishing is for all ages and experience levels! Please don’t be intimidated and come enjoy something the whole family can do together! 

We GUARANTEE you will shoot at fish, or the next trip is on us!

After the Trip

You will no doubt be ready for some sleep but when you get up the following day do not hesitate to check out some of our recommended local hot spots.  Ausable Chasm is quite a hydrologic spectacle–With a huge plunging waterfall, this is great spot for a photo opportunities and selfies from the Route 9 Bridge–They also offer scenic raft rides and an Adventure course through the canyon made by the Chasm. If you enjoy tasting local Craft Beers and Wines. Check out Ausable Brewing Co, Valcour Brewing Company, The Oval Brewery and Plattsburgh Brewing Co located right in the same building as the Comfort Inn lodging. If Wine and Ciders are your thing– definitely check out Elf’s Farm Winery & Ciderhouse and Vesco Ridge Vineyards for a great Tasting experience. Recommended formal dining options are Anthony’s Restaurant & Bistro, Latitude 44 Bistro and for more casual Dining check out Mickey’s Restaurant and Our House Bistro. For those diehards who want to squeeze every bit of action they can into the day! Guests can take full advantage of our Blast and cast Package, the Waterfowl and Deer hunt Package and our Fishing and Bowfishing Combo Packages! While you relax and enjoy everything the Lake Champlain Region has to offer. Our guides will be out in the afternoons until dusk scouting birds for the following days hunt. If you decide to preserve your Trophy–we have an exceptional Taxidermist who we can put you in touch with if you plan to have the work done locally.

If you’re extending your vacation, don’t miss out on the rest of the Adirondacks and Northern New York!


Plattsburgh, NY
Our guests can take advantage of our Eastern View Outfitters reduced rates of $90/Night and stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites located at 411 Route 3 Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Comfort Inn & Suites rooms are equipped with 2 Queen size beds, high speed WIFI, Microwave and Fridge. (Click links to view room & other amenities) Other amenitiesinclude an indoor swimming pool, fitness center , restaurant/bar, and free parking. It is also in close proximity to most of the shopping and dinning options in the area. Just call the Comfort Inn & Suites at 518-562-2730 and mention Eastern View Outfitters & Bryce Collins to make reservations at the Corporate Rates of $90/Night.

Our Pledge

  • We will do everything we can to make our guests successful, happy, and safe!
  • We have a “Shoot at Fish Guarantee”
  • Our Captain’s and Guides are the best in the Business!
  • Our business is based on return clients! 

Lake Champlain Bowfishing Rates


$ 475 for 4 hours

$ 575 for 6 hours

Bowfishing Charter on Lake Champlain includes:

  • Fully Guided Bowfishing trip for up to 4 Guests
  • All Bows, arrows and tackle are provided—Just show up and shoot! (No archery experience needed)
  • Custom 21 foot Tracker Sportsman Boat Equipped with a Shooting Platform, Lights and a Generator let you to see those Monster fish that come out at night!
  • Charter Price Does not include Vermont fishing license fees. All persons looking to shoot anything other than Common Carp must have a Vermont fishing license on board.

$700 for 4 hours Fishing & 4 hours Bowfishing on Lake Champlain (Price is for Up to 4 persons)

Fishing & Bowfishing Charters on Lake Champlain includes:

  • Fully Guided Fishing & Bowfishing trip for up to 4 Guests
  • All Rods, Tackle, Bows, Arrows and gear are provided—Just show up and shoot!
  • 2016 21 foot Tracker equipped with Custom Shooting Platform, Lights and a Generator let you to see those Monster fish that come out at night!
  • Charter Price Does not include Vermont fishing license fees. All persons looking to shoot anything other than Common Carp must have a Vermont fishing license on board. 
  • Fishing Charters will target a variety of species–Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pickerel, Lake Trout & Atlantic Salmon


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