James Vladyka, owner and operator of Fish Hounds Outdoors in Benson, Vermont, is a go-to guide on the ice and one of the top ice anglers in the country. Claiming Lake Champlain as his home water, he’s spent his entire life fishing the cold waters in the Northeast. He’s even put his skills to the test by competing in the North American Ice Fishing Circuit and National Qualifiers. In 2010, he and a friend founded the Champlain Valley Hard Water Tournament Series , a Vermont based ice fishing tournament series that runs from January through March. He's been a dedicated guide for over a decade and specializing in guided trips that target a variety of fish: White and Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Pike, Bass, Striped Bass and Walleye. When not on the water, Vladyka spends time educating people in the Northeast about fishing—on and off the ice—through seminars and free youth clinics. He has appeared in magazines such as Crappie World, In-Fisherman, Field and Stream, F+W’s Ice Fishing magazine, Crappie Now, and ODU Magazine, and has made television appearances on shows like Ice Team TV and the Tom Gruenwald Outdoors show.
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