Behemoth carp among new record fish in Vermont
RUTLAND, Vt. — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department announced Wednesday, March 7 that three fish caught in 2017 have been certified as new state records.
Chase Stokes, 11, of Ferrisburgh, caught a new record carp in April while fishing with a nightcrawler on Otter Creek in Panton. The fish weighed a whopping 33.25 pounds, measured 40 inches long and had a girth of 26.5 inches. Chase’s carp beat out the previous record, which was caught in Lake Champlain in 2006, by just 4 ounces.
In May, Burlington angler Mike Elwood landed a new Vermont record redhorse sucker while fishing on the Winooski River in Colchester. The sucker, landed on a live worm, weighed 9.9 pounds and measured 29 inches long with an 18-inch girth, and it exceeded the previous record, caught in 2015, by nearly a pound.
In September, Alan Franchot of Richmond caught a record cisco, also known as a lake herring, while trolling on Lake Champlain. Weighing 2 pounds, 4 ounces, the cisco was only the second of its species to be entered into the Vermont Record Fish Program since records started being kept by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department in 1969.