Every second week in April, fishermen throughout New England have flocked to the Choiniere-Willoughby River Access for a fishing experience like no other. The Willoughby flows north from Lake Willoughby to Lake Memphremagog.
In spring, the trout swim up river about 15 miles from Lake Memphremagog to spawn in the rocky shale of the river just below Lake Willoughby.
The river is known for its abundance of steelhead trout. Studies have shown that the steelheads in the Willoughby have five times the natural reproduction rates of trout in almost any other Vermont river.