RUTLAND - Nearly every angler has one-a record-fish story, that is. But here in Vermont, you probably can be less skeptical about the next record-fish story you here. Why? Vermont has some big fish and the stories to accompany them.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials reported last week that the state claims five record-setting fish caught since the beginning of 2010.
The following whoppers didn't get away and instead ended up in the state record book:
•A 14.5 pound walleye
•A 8.4 pound pike-pickerel hybrid
•A 3.6 pound white sucker
All specimens, sans sucker, were caught in Lake Champlain within the Vermont state line.
How does your catch measure up to these and other record fish?
Go online and visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com to check out the state's database. Click on the "fishing" category heading.
Click on the "all time records" tab to see the largest fish caught in Vermont since 1969. You can also fill in several fish choice options and check by fish variety.
If you think you caught a state record fish, here's how to do it on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website:
1. Check the "all time records" database to see how your fish measures up to the largest recorded fish.
2. Fill out a Vermont State Record Fish Entry Form, available at state offices statewide or from your local game warden or download a copy from the website.
3. Follow the entry rules:Fish must be weighed on state inspected scales, any market scales are suggested. Length and girth measurements and a photo of the fish are required. The body of water where the fish was caught must be noted. A department fisheries biologist must inspect the fish. The fish must be fresh or frozen when inspected (note: mounted fish are discounted). Entry forms and a photo must be submitted within six months of the capture date.
4. See the fish species eligible for the State Record Fish Program at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife announced that 14 state records among over 30 eligible species are available for records.
Vermont officials claim that, since the start of 2010, the number of record fish caught in Vermont is higher than in other New England states as well as New York.