Burlington, Vt. – A Lake Champlain ice fisherman has caught
what’s believed to be a new state record walleye for Vermont, state
fish and wildlife officials indicated.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife spokesman John Hall said the walleye,
caught at about 9 p.m. Feb. 10, will almost assuredly be certified
as a new state record.
Twenty-five-year-old Richard Levesque caught the 14.55-pound
fish, which measured 32.5 inches in length and had a 20-inch
The fish, if certified, would easily top the existing state
standard of 13 pounds, 7 ounces, a fish caught in the Clyde River
in the 1990s.
Levesque was fishing with a tip-up and minnow rig when the big
fish hit. He was hesitant to reveal exactly where he was fishing on
the big lake that separates New York and Vermont, but Vermont
stocks the “Inland Sea” portion of the lake with walleyes annually
and has established a solid walleye fishery there.
The catch was initially reported online by Lake Champlain
International, Inc. To see a photo of the pending state record
walleye, click here.