HIGHGATE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says efforts are continuing to restore muskellunge to the northern reaches of Lake Champlain and nearby tributaries.
The department recently stocked 7,580 fish, known as muskies, in the area, including in the Missisquoi River above the Swanton Dam to the Highgate Falls Dam.
Biologists say that area was the last location in Vermont that supported a naturally-reproducing native muskie population before they disappeared in the late 1970s following a chemical spill.
Since 2008 Vermont has stocked 30,000 muskies in the area.
The six-inch fish stocked in the river were donated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which also stocks muskies in New York's Great Chazy River.