The Lake Champlain Walleye Association was founded by a small group of local fishermen in reaction to the rapidly declining walleye population in the Lake Champlain Basin. In the early 1980s, this small group formed the Lake Champlain Walleye Association and began the task of creating a walleye restoration program.
LCWA was incorporated in 1984 as a non-profit organization, and it received 501(c)3 federal status in 1994. It is an all-volunteer organization, with no paid staff, and we solely rely on our membership to assist in accomplishing its goals.
LCWA began raising walleye fry in ponds which were developed to produce fingerlings for stocking. Realizing that the State of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department should also be involved, the group became politically active. As a result, a legislative mandate was issued that there would be a walleye restoration plan by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and in conjunction with LCWA, created a Lake Champlain Walleye Restoration Plan, 1999 to 2003.
LCWA has developed subsequent plans based on ongoing collaboration with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. LCWA continues to operate its walleye restoration program in partnership with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, especially the Fisheries Division Walleye Management Team, headed by Vermont Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Biologist, Chet McKenzie, and various hatchery personnel.
Enormous progress and accomplishments have occurred since the inception of the LCWA program.