Richard Levesque shattered the previous Vermont state record for walleye on February 10, 2010, when he caught a walleye weighing 14.55 lbs. through the ice on Lake Champlain. He caught the big fish at 9:00 p.m., using a tip-up baited with a golden shiner. The walleye measured 32 ½ inches long and had a 20-inch girth. The previous Vermont state record walleye weighed 13.44 lbs. and was caught in the Clyde River in 1997 by Doug Niles of Newport Center, VT. The fish was examined by State Fisheries Biologist Brian Chipman at Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s office in Essex. http://lakechamplainfishing.blogspot.com/2010/02/new-state-record-walleye-taken-from.html
Bob Perkins lines his pond with the LCWA tractor.
Tens of Thousands of Walleye Fingerlings Stocked in Lake Champlain (WPTZ: June 27, 2012) “In the 60’s we had the best walleye fishery in the world, I mean no question. We had the best walleye fishery in the world,” said Lake Champlain Walleye Association president Robert Samson. Anglers passionately pursued walleye.
Fishing for Walleye (Vermont PBS: Outdoor Journal, 2004) “At one point walleye were the most popular game fish for recreational anglers in Vermont. A thriving commercial fish market existed for these toothy members of the perch family into the early 1960s, with as many as 65,000 harvested annually…Host Lawrence Pyne heads out with walleye enthusiast Cubby Smith on the Lamoille in search of “Old Marble Eyes.”
Seven Days “Stuck in Vermont” by Eva Sollberger, July 4, 2009, “Lake Champlain Walleye Association and Vermont Fish & Wildlife have been working for decades to increase the population of walleyes in the lake and its surrounding rivers. Thursday they harvested a St. Albans pond of 12,500 walleye fingerlings which will be making their way into the Winooski River….”
Lake Champlain Walleye Association Stocking at Bob Perkins’ Pond YouTube video (2012) taken by Ed Rivers, LCWA Director
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