posted at 3:32 pm Thu Feb 11th, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)
Vermont has the best walleye fishing in New England, and Richard Levesque's latest entry in Vermont's fish record program underscores that point.
Levesque shattered the previous state record for walleye on February 10, when he caught a walleye weighing 14.55 lbs. through the ice on Lake Champlain.
Levesque, who lives nearby in West Swanton, caught the big fish at 9:00 p.m., using a tipup baited with a golden shiner. The walleye measured 32 1/2 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.
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)
Essex, VT 05452 (Set as Local)
Swanton, VT 05488 (Set as Local)