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walleye caught at Vernon Dam
Walleye caught at Vernon Dam in March of 2009.

Fish and Game Walleye Angler Survey Results Available

KEENE, N.H. – Results from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's 2008-2009 walleye angler survey on the Connecticut River have been finalized in report form.  The report can be found at: www.fishnh.com/Fishing/fisheries_management/CT_River_Walleye_0809_Report.pdf

Surveys were conducted during the spring of 2008 and 2009 at the Bellows Falls tailwater (Walpole, N.H.) and the Vernon Dam tailwater (Vernon, Vt.).  These surveys were done in order to evaluate the current Connecticut River walleye regulation (a daily limit of four fish, of which only one can be larger than 18 inches; no fish between 16 and 18 inches may be harvested), which went into effect in 1998. 

The goals of the regulation change in 1998 were to:
     1) increase angler harvest rates;
     2) increase protection for large females; and
     3) increase proportion of larger walleye in the population. 

“It appears the regulation change is having the desired effect on both walleye populations and angling opportunities,” said Fisheries Biologist Jason Carrier of Fish and Game’s Region 4 Office in Keene.  “Data collected during the 2008-2009 surveys showed walleye harvest rates were higher than during 1996 surveys; anglers harvested a smaller percentage of females than in 1996; and walleye caught by anglers were significantly greater in length than in 1996.”

For more information on the study, contact Gabe Gries or Jason Carrier, N.H. Fish and Game Region 4, 15 Ash Brook Court, Keene, NH 03431; phone 603-352-9669; or email gabe.gries@wildlife.nh.gov or jason.carrier@wildlife.nh.gov.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.  Visit www.fishnh.com/Fishing/fishing.htm for more information about fishing in New Hampshire.

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