Behemoth carp among new record fish in Vermont

Anglers caught three new state-record fish in Vermont in 2017, including Chase Stokes, 11, of Ferrisburgh, who caught this carp that weighed 33.25 pounds and measured 40 inches long. (VTF&W photo)

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.

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