Hunters Anglers Trappers Association of Vermont


















Anglers Issues

 


This year marked a milestone of family tradition at the

Chittenden County Fish & Game Club Fishing Derby celebrated on Father's Day each year. H.A.T member, Steve Myers, started celebrating Father's Day there in the '60's with his grandfather. He vividly remember's the days they released turkeys at the event in the late '60's. He took his kids there until they were to old to fish at age 14. This year he took his granddaughter, Skyler Bird and grandson, Nick Dashnow to fish in the derby. As you can see, every one had a great time and caught plenty of fish.
 

 


For Immediate Release:  December 21, 2005
Media Contact:  Bernie Pientka 802-878—1564
New Vermont Fishing Rules are In Effect
WATERBURY, VT – Here is a New Year’s tip from Vermont Fish & Wildlife – several new fishing rules are now in effect.  Some of them are entirely new, while others reflect changes to existing rules.
A group of fisheries biologists, wardens and members of the public was appointed two years ago by Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche to evaluate Vermont’s fishing regulations.  The “fishing regulation team” completed its first round of recommendations last summer, and the Fish & Wildlife Board passed a regulation last fall based on the recommendations.  Some of the changes required standardizing rules that were similar, while other rules were no longer biologically needed.   
Vermont’s 2006 Digest of Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws is scheduled for delivery to license agents by December 30.  The new “Digest “ includes maps showing the location of all stream sections with special fishing rules and new tables designed for easier reading. 
The top five changes in fishing rules are highlighted below. 
1.      No person shall have live fish in their possession that are transported in a manner which attempts to keep them alive when leaving waters of the state except as follows:
a.      Species on the approved bait fish list
        b.      A person issued a special permit (fish transportation, fish breeder) by the Commissioner.
2.      Yellow perch daily limits
a.      Lake Champlain - Daily Limits: None
b.      Inland Waters - Daily Limits: 50 fish, no weight limit.
3.     
Number of baited hooks, lures and flies: Statewide 
a.      Each line may attach no more than two baited hooks, or three artificial flies or two lures with or without bait.
b.      There are two exceptions to this:  Little Averill and Seymour lakes.
4.     
Season ending dates changed
a.      Most seasons now have fixed ending dates (See regulation for specific species)
5.     
Many other minor changes – please carefully check the regulations before fishing.
a.      Lakes and River sections were added or removed from some regulations
b.      Merging of dates on some closed waters
                                                                                               -30-
John Hall
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
103 South Main Street, 10 South
Waterbury, VT 05671-0501
802-241-3711

 


Lewis Creek Lamprey Control Scheduled for Early October
 
WATERBURY, VT – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department announced on August 10, that it has received all of the state permits needed to treat sea lampreys in Lewis Creek in Ferrisburgh.  Treatment with the lampricide TFM is scheduled to begin in early October, 2006. 
 
The sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) is a parasitic fish that kills many other species of fish in Lake Champlain.  Attacks on landlocked salmon, lake trout and walleye are unacceptably high, according to fisheries scientists working for the states of Vermont and New York, and the federal government. 
 
Fisheries biologists with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working together as members of the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative in efforts to control the sea lamprey population and restore populations of native fishes in Lake Champlain. 
 
In addition to preying on trout, salmon and walleye, sea lamprey also parasitize the endangered lake sturgeon, as well as channel catfish, lake whitefish and other species.    
 
According to the scientists, a single sea lamprey can kill up to 40 pounds of fish and grow from six inches to more than 18 inches long during its 12 to 20 month life as a parasite in Lake Champlain.  The lamprey feeds by attaching to the side of a host fish, rasping through its body wall with its sharp toothed tongue, and then sucking blood and body fluids over an extended period of time.  Sometimes several lampreys will attach to the one fish at the same time or repeatedly, often resulting in death of the host.
 
Lewis Creek will be treated with TFM for the fourth time since the beginning of Lake Champlain sea lamprey control efforts in 1990.  TFM was developed specifically to target sea lamprey and has been successfully used for more than 50 years in the Great Lakes and more recently in the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain tributaries in New York and Vermont. 
 
The Lewis Creek treatment will be preceded by scheduled treatments with TFM of four New York streams in late September.  TFM targets larval sea lamprey that stay in the soft stream bottom for four years between hatching and migrating out to Lake Champlain where they become parasitic.  The adults return to the streams to spawn after one year in the lake and then die. 
 
Stream lampricide treatments are usually conducted once every four years with carefully controlled lampricide applications, each taking about 12 hours to complete.  This treatment cycle takes advantage of the species’ life history to minimize the use of treatment measures.  Because larval sea lamprey remain in streams for four years before becoming parasitic, four years’ production of larval lampreys can be killed at once, precluding the need for annual treatments. 
 
All five streams to be treated this fall are on schedule, having been last treated in 2002.
 
“The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has received the Aquatic Nuisance Control Permit and the Threatened and Endangered Species Permit from the Agency of Natural Resources,” said Fish & Wildlife Comissioner Wayne Laroche. 
 
“The plan now is to begin treating Lewis Creek in early October,” added Laroche.  “Stream levels and water temperatures must be within specific ranges to effectively use TFM.  This means that there will always remain a risk that weather conditions might make treatment impossible this fall.  However, at this time, all systems are GO for this fall’s treatment of Lewis Creek.”


 

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
This Lake Champlain Lake Trout was caught by one of Captain Rich Greenough's (Sure Strike Charters) clients on Monday, September 19, 2005.  This just places an exclamation point on anyone who believes the Sea Lamprey problem is not serious.  This problem is presenting a serious impact to every business person who relies on the Lake as well as all sport fisherman.  Commisioner Laroche is an ardent supporter of lamprey control but even more emphasis is needed if we are to improve the health of the Lake and its fishery.  Along with sea lamprey, the invasive cormorant population is out of control and the combined effect is devastating to the fishery.  We do not need studies.  We do not need red tape.  We do not need hand wringing.  We need decisive action with measurable results on both fronts.
 
HAT Board of Directors

 

Elected Rich Greenough and Frank Stanley Co-Chairs of the Angling Committee.
 
I want to thank you, one and all, for the work you have contributed to the Angling Committee since it's inception. Your cooperation with a somewhat difficult Chairman was sincerely appreciated. We've made good organizational progress and we've made the Committee the "go to group" on Vermont fishing issues. Nice start, now comes the hard work of holding on to the image. You can and will succeed. The dedication is obvious.
Best Personal Regards,
Steve

 


 

RICH GREENOUGH,
 802-878-5074,
  surex@adelphia.net
218 River Road
Essex Junction, Vt. 05452

 

ART MARTIN,
802-878-2080, 
  artjud@adelphia.net
2355 Mountain View Rd.
Williston, Vt. 05495
 

William H. Wellman,
518-563-1985

William Wellman
Region 5 Vice President,
New York State Council of
Trout Unlimite
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Bill Birch
802-423-7632

bbirch@sover.net
10 King Hill Rd.
    Readsboro Vt. 05350
 

Dan Mitchell
802-524-4392
lcwa@together.net
Samson Point Road
Swanton, Vt. 05488
 

Frank Stanley
802- 238-0364

frank@outdoorsmagazine.net


HAT Angling Karen Kerin

  kkerin@wihril.org


HAT Angling Bob Skowronski

  bobski@valley.net


 

GOVERNOR DOUGLAS RECOGNIZED FOR RECIPROCAL LICENSING AGREEMENT
 
HUNTERS, ANGLERS AND TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT AND THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL OF TROUT UNLIMITED HAVE RECOGNIZED VERMONT’S GOVERNOR JAMES DOUGLAS FOR HIS INSTRUMENTAL ROLE IN IMPLEMENTING A RECIPROCAL FISHING LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN NEW YORK AND VERMONT.  THE AGREEMENT, TO BECOME EFFECTIVE 1 JANUARY 2004, ALLOWS ANGLERS FROM EACH STATE TO FISH IN ALL MAJOR AREAS OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN IF THEY HOLD A LICENSE FROM EITHER STATE. A PLAQUE COMMEMORATING THE GOVERNOR’S SUPPORT WAS PRESENTED TO HIM AT HIS MONTPELIER OFFICE ON 10 NOVEMBER 2003.
 
ED DAVIS, PRESIDENT OF THE HUNTERS, ANGLERS AND TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT, NOTED THAT GOVERNOR DOUGLAS HAS BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER OF SOUND CONSERVATION AND OUTDOORS ISSUES.  DAVIS STATED “WE ARE PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THE GOVERNOR’S WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT AGREEMENT, WHICH WILL DO MUCH TO IMPROVE ANGLING OPPORTUNITES FOR BOTH VERMONTERS AND NEW YORKERS.”  HAP WHEELER, REPRESENTING THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL OF TROUT UNLIMITED, SAID, “ANGLERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE LAKE CAN NOW ENJOY GREATLY IMPROVED RECREATIONAL BENEFITS AS A RESULT OF THE RECIPROCAL LICENSE.”  NEW YORK ASSEMBLYMAN CHRIS ORTLOFF, ORIGINAL SPONSOR OF THE NEW YORK ENABLING LEGISLATION, ATTENDED THE CEREMONY AND SAID “THIS LONG-AWAITED STEP WILL BENEFIT ALL ANGLERS IN THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN.”
 
THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL OF TROUT UNLIMITED REPRESENTS OVER 8,000 CONSERVATION-MINDED ANGLERS.  TROUT UNLIMITED IS THE NATION’S OLDEST AND LARGEST COLD WATER FISHERIES CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION.  HUNTERS, ANGLERS AND TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT IS DEDICATED TO PROTECTING THE INTERESTS OF ALL VERMONTERS WHO HUNT, FISH OR TRAP.  NEW YORKS’ TROUT UNLIMITED MAY BE REACHED ON THE WEB AT WWW.NYSCTU.ORG  VERMONT’S HUNTERS, ANGLERS AND TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION MAY BE FOUND AT <WWW.HATVT.ORG>

Currently recruiting additional members, contact Chairman Boucher for more information.

COMMITTEE ISSUES:
WATER QUALITY

SEA LAMPREY:
Action: population management, treatment schedule.

CORMORANT:
Action: population management, control methods, control goals.

 
WALLEYE:
Action: walleye restoration in Lake Champlain and it tributaries, portable hatcheries, catch limits, size restriction.
 
FISHING ACCESS:
Action: improvements to existing facilities, investigate user fee system, investigate where funds for motor boat and boat trailer registrations are currently being spent.
 
LEWIS CREEK:
 Action: continue monitoring lamprey treatment application of 2002, Scotts Dam Pool Project.
 
RECIPROCAL FISHING LICENSE FOR LAKE CHAMPLAIN: Action: draft legislation for 2003 Session.
 
LAKE CHAMPLAIN:
Action: water quality, fish management, perch limits, northern pike populations, fish population assessments.

New Legislation



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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2003-2004

H.32

Introduced by   Representatives Grad of Moretown, Deen of Westminster, Gervais of Enosburg, LaVoie of Swanton and Tracy of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Fish and wildlife; license; disabled veteran; free license

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to provide a free combination hunting and fishing license for a veteran who is 80 percent disabled and permanently unemployable.

AN ACT RELATING TO A FREE COMBINATION HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE FOR A VETERAN who is 80 percent disabled and permanently unemployable

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 4255(c)(4) is amended to read:

(4)  A Vermont resident who is a veteran of the armed forces of the United States and who is, or ever has been, one-hundred 100 percent disabled as a result of a service-connected disability, or who is at least 80 percent disabled and permanently unemployable as a result of a service-connected disability, may receive a free combination hunting and fishing license which shall include all big game licenses upon presentation of a certificate issued by the veterans' administration so certifying.  A resident of a state which provides a reciprocal privilege for Vermont veterans and who would qualify for a free license under this subdivision if the person were a Vermont resident, may receive a free one-year combination hunting and fishing license.

 



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115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us


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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2003-2004

H.95

Introduced by   Representatives Sharpe of Bristol, Bohi of Hartford, Deen of Westminster, Dostis of Waterbury, Fisher of Lincoln, Kiss of Burlington, McLaughlin of Royalton, Nuovo of Middlebury and Tracy of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Fish and wildlife; fishing; assisting a person with a disability

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to allow an unlicensed person to assist a person with a disability who is fishing.

AN ACT RELATING TO ASSISTING AN ANGLER WITH A DISABILITY

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 4251(c) is added to read:

(c)  A person who is assisting a licensed angler with a disability is not required to hold a fishing license, provided that the assistant may not take a fish or angle for a fish except as required to assist the person with a disability.

 



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Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us

 

walleye

 

Angling Committee Meeting
4-16-03-Gordon House-Grand Isle, Vt.
 
Committee Members in attendance: Steve Boucher, Chair
-Bill Wellman-Dan Mitchell-Bill Birch-Rich Greenough.
 
#1
It was decided that the internal priorities of this Committee
are as follows: involve as many other fishing related groups
on a state wide level as possible. Involve with other groups
in N.Y. State as issues relate to the Lake Champlain Fishery.
To increase our Committee as necessary to be able to have
representation from all the various fisheries through out Vermont.
To organize our Committee to be on the front lines on fisheries
and water quality issues as issues arise through out Vermont
and the Lake Champlain Basin.
 
We will make an effort to be included on some basis at the
Lake Champlain Technical Committee meetings.
 
To this end the following are responsible for contacts:
 
Rich Greenough - Bob Shannon (inland fisheries)
Bill Wellman - Vt. Trout Unlimited
Dan Mitchell - Vermont Bass Associations
Bill Birch - Attempt to find a group in the South of Vt.
 
#2
We will keep fresh information on Angling Committee
business and issues flowing to our Web Master.
 
We would like the Web Master to create an information
box as follows:
 
A space on our web page to attempt to get the following information:
Member of H.A.T.? yes or no
 
Please give us your opinion on the issues seen on this page.
 
What issues do you suggest we look into?
 
(the responses to these questions can be handled in the most
practical method available. Possibly set up so responses
by the respondent are sent to all members of our committee 
or if you wish we will appoint one person to receive the E
mail responses and disburse to the Committee members.
In this event, we will develop a system to provide timely
responses to E mails.-- It is the Web Masters prerogative
as to how he will set this system up.)
 
#3
Committee issues were prioritized, here are our current
issues, not necessarily in order of importance.
 
Lamprey, cormorants, water quality,spawning habitat,
stocking levels on Lake Champlain and stocking strategy,
Allen Point,reciprocal license, ask for father investigation
of ecological impacts of removing more of the Missisquoi
Bay Fill Bridge (causeway) (we will confirm these priorities
at our next Committee Meeting.)
 
#4
Legislation-2004: An outline was discussed as how to
proceed with new legislation and time line was discussed
and established.
 
#5
Steve Boucher was assigned the task of setting up a meeting
with Commissioner Laroche and this Committee within 30 days,
Commissioner's schedule providing.
 
#6
Assignment of Committee Sub Chairmanships: Committee members
will provide their preferences at our next meeting.
 
#7
Elect a new Chairman and reporter/web page liaison: This action
will be completed within 60 days.
 
Meeting adjourned: 12:15 P.M.
 
Submitted by:Steve Boucher