The 36.5-inch laker weighed 19.36 pounds, the largest lake trout from Lake Champlain entered in the Record Fish Program since the department started keeping fish records in 1969.
Biologists aren’t sure what’s up, but they are paying attention.
In this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, photo provided by Bernadette Toth, a moose stands in Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vt. Wildlife officials say the animal had crossed the lake and made it to shore, but went back in the water, after likely feeling threatened by onlookers, and drowned. (Bernadette Toth via AP)South Hero, Vt. — A moose drowned in…
While there is some good news, biologists still do not have a firm estimate of the Lake Champlain sturgeon population, and a recovery plan released in 2016 estimated it could be half a century or longer before the population reaches the level where they could be fished.
Hope is that, when the weather turns colder, the salmon run will resume.
It hasn’t come easy, and the process will require continued human intervention to make sure the salmon that hatch in Vermont’s Winooski River or New York’s Boquet River can make it to the lake and then return when it’s their time to reproduce.
Aaron Martens of Alabama claimed the $100,000 top prize Sunday.
Reason for optimism: Nearly two decades after first being tagged, lake sturgeon reappears in Vermont
Restoration efforts continue on Lake Champlain, which has the only lake sturgeon population in New England.
Expected to enhance recreational boating and mountaintop hiking opportunities while protecting local water quality.
The annual hearings are being held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Board.
Vermont record for largest bluegill also set in 2016.
State law requires removal of blinds before deadlines to protect natural areas and to prevent boating accidents after ice melts