VT: Fishing is Hot on Lake Champlain

ESSEX, Vt — Super bowl Sunday is over and you’re looking for
something to do? The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reports
that ice fishing in Vermont is heating up. Ice conditions have
improved, and some memorable fish have been caught in recent
weeks.

“We just keep hearing great reports of nice catches of
everything from pike to perch,” said State Fisheries Biologist
Bernie Pientka. “A monster northern pike weighing 22.53 lbs with a
length of 41.5 inches and girth of 21 inches was caught in Lake
Champlain, and anglers are catching many pike over 10 lbs.”

On February 2nd, Lance Champney of Milton, Vermont caught a
10.32 lb., 32.75 inches long

Atlantic salmon through the ice on the Inland Sea portion of Lake
Champlain.

“This large salmon is another example of the success of the
lamprey control program on Lake Champlain,” said Pientka. Champney
agrees. “I’ve been fishing Lake Champlain since I can remember,” he
said. “The past couple of years are among the best I’ve ever seen
out here.”

“We also can’t forget that in 2010 a Vermont State Record
walleye weighing 14.55 lbs. was caught this time of the year,”
added Pientka. “Lake Champlain anglers are having great success
this winter.”

Keep track of those large fish by taking photos and measuring
their length, and be sure to submit them to the Vermont Master
Angler Program. The Program recognizes the achievements of anglers
who catch trophy-sized fish from Vermont waters and celebrates the
fish’s accomplishment in surviving and growing to such an
exceptional size.

Vermont’s Master Angler program is a length-based program that
sets “trophy sized” benchmarks for 33 eligible fish species. While
these big fish are a challenge to catch, they are attainable for
anglers that develop the necessary knowledge and skills.

Don’t let the season pass you by, head out onto the ice and
enjoy some great fishing. You can buy your Vermont fishing license
on line at http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/buylicense.cfm and
locate bait dealers at
http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/Fish_baitdealers.cfm.

 

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