Waterbury, Vermont – November 12, 2010
It’s been a great year for Vermont’s salmon population.
State fish and wildlife biologists say there was a strong spawning run from Lake Champlain into the Winooski River, with over 130 landlocked Atlantic salmon trapped at the fish lift in Winooski and transported up-stream for spawning.
“This has been the best year we’ve had since the lift began operating in 1993,” said Nick Staats, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fishery biologist who is monitoring the salmon run in cooperation with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. “Some of these salmon are quite large. The biggest so far has been a 30-inch, 9-pound female.”