We have such an incredible fishery here.”. ADDISON, Vt. (WCAX) - A Vermont fishing fanatic was competing for first place in Lake Champlain’s International Basin Derby a few months ago. A new fishing technique helped Sanford land that fish. The impact of their efforts extends far beyond the angling community, as Lake Champlain anglers contribute over $200 million dollars annually to local economies.”. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has worked tirelessly to protect and restore the Lake Champlain fishery. Today, the VFWD recognizes Navigation menu. Recreation. Angler Jeffery Sanford reeled in a 19.36-pound, 36.5-inch lake trout from more than 100 feet of water last August. “They go out to sunken reefs and islands in 80, 90, 100 feet of water and you can just drop a heavy lure to the bottom that you would use for bass and pike and you just jig with it,” Good said. 0 oz. Ask me why. “I learned how to do it, went on a couple of trips the last year and started doing it myself this year,” Sanford said. Lake trout caught on Lake Champlain is officially the biggest on record, suggests good news for the area The fish showed the effectiveness of ongoing sea lamprey control efforts in the area VERMONT RECORD FRESHWATER FISH SPECIES WEIGHT LENGTH / GIRTH WATERBODY LOCATION DATE / ANGLER American Eel 6 lbs 4 oz (6.25) 42.00″ / 10.25″ Lake Champlain 02/19/1989 by Robert Tatro, Jr. Bass, Largemouth 10 lbs 4 oz (10.25) 25.00″ / 22.00″ Lake Dunmore 01/17/1988 by Tony Gale Bass, Rock 2... Continue reading “There’s been an upward trend in size for many of the species entered in our derbies. Fish and Wildlife Service, initiated an experimental sea lamprey control program in 1990. Once I netted it and got it in the boat I was astounded at its size and lack of any lamprey scars or wounds.”. Sea lamprey don’t just attack lake trout. So, anglers often using big boats, heavy equipment and a technique called trolling to catch them. Department officials say this demonstrates the positive impact long-term sea lamprey control efforts are having on the lake… Record fish proof Lake Champlain sea lamprey control program working, New fishing technique helped angler reel in record-breaking trout, Latest coronavirus numbers -- WCAX continuing coverage, Health dept. “There have been much larger lake trout caught in other Vermont waters, but this Champlain fish is a big deal.”. Lake trout spend much of their time in deep water. “I didn’t realize how big it was until I could actually see it,” Sanford said. Something else Sanford noticed was there were no scars from sea lamprey. It’s a matter of understanding lake trout habitat and behavior. During the entire 51 years the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has been keeping records, officials have never seen a catch like this. Over the past 10 years, we have seen several record-breaking fish in cold, cool and warm water species divisions.”, “While our anglers are incredibly dedicated and skilled, these catches are not just by chance or luck. warns of possible exposure at Vt. church. Department officials say this demonstrates the positive impact long-term sea lamprey control efforts are having on the lake’s quality fishing opportunities. Department officials say this demonstrates the positive impact long-term sea lamprey control efforts are having on the lake’s quality fishing opportunities. According to department fisheries biologist Shawn Good, who oversees the Vermont State Record Fish Program, Sanford’s catch is a reason for celebration. Vermont’s Fish and Wildlife Department is now officially declaring the August trout an all-time Lake Champlain record – and it is enormous. “When you’re starting to see 19-and-a-half pound lake trout out of Lake Champlain, that’s big news,” said Shawn Good, a fisheries biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. It can be challenging for a new angler to learn techniques that will help them be successful. MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A South Burlington fisherman caught a record 19.36-pound (8.78-kilogram) lake trout in Lake Champlain this summer, according to the Vermont Fish … Jeff Sanford says he’s grateful for the fishery that continues to improve on Lake Champlain. To learn more about Lake Champlain’s sea lamprey control program, visit: https://www.fws.gov/champlainlamprey, Psychiatric survivors object to police oversight of crisis response workers, I rallied for Trump last week. Angler Jeffery Sanford, of South Burlington was fishing alone the day he jigged up the 36.5-inch lake trout from over 100-feet of water. “All of us fish biologists were ecstatic because this is what we’ve been working toward for 30 years,” Good said. Sanford says he credits the openness of other anglers in the lake’s fishing community with helping him catch the lake trout and becoming a better angler. This fall, the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative is conducting sea lamprey control treatments on four Vermont rivers containing spawning populations of sea lamprey. “It was an amazing fish and quite the battle. According to the National Ocean Service, one lamprey kills about 40 pounds of fish every year. Good is one of many in the Lake Champlain Management Cooperative who have been working toward controlling this invasive species. I hope more anglers step up and become mentors to friends, family, even strangers.”. I’ve always encouraged avid anglers to take newcomers out and show them the ropes. “Jeff’s fish is the largest lake trout from Lake Champlain entered in the Record Fish Program since the department started keeping fish records in 1969,” said Good in a written statement. Sanford works security in Vermont during the summer, but thanks to the pandemic, there weren’t that many opportunities to work. Vermont’s famous Lake Champlain now has a new record-holder for the largest trout ever caught in its waters. It is the largest trout ever recorded in Lake Champlain. February, 2010 This picture documents a recently caught walleye that was certified at 14.55 pounds! 19.36 lbs. Everyone’s so open and friendly, and willing to help you learn something new.”, “To maintain and grow participation in the sport we all love, it takes a village. But Sanford learned a method that’s gaining in popularity. In Lake Champlain, nuisance sea lamprey prey on lake trout, landlocked Atlantic salmon, brown trout, steelhead, walleye, lake sturgeon, and other fish species.