VT Anglers Set 3 New Records

Vermont Fish & Wildlife has announced that 3 fish caught in 2017 have been certified as new state records.

In April, Chase Stokes, 11, of Ferrisburgh caught a new record carp (shown above) while fishing with a nightcrawler on Otter Creek in Panton. The fish weighed 33.25 pounds, measured 40” long and had a girth of 26.5”. 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” with an 18” girth, and it exceeded the previous record caught in 2015 by nearly a pound.

Lastly, 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 49 years ago in 1969.