Fishing Regulations Apply to Ice Anglers
Enforcement Continues in '99
Vermont Fish and
Wildlife passed new regulations on Perch and Crappie fishing in
1997. The new rules went into effect November 1, 1997. The new law
is 10 VSA App. #122. According to Chief Warden, Lt. Robert J. Rooks,
the department started out in early 1998 with warnings and also a
checks on buyer compliance. This resulted in warning three buyers
During the 1998
season about 12 individuals were charged with violating the perch
limits. Rooks says that he continues to get complaints from
fisherman about limit violations. Violators will continue to be
charged and it can become very costly, especially if the limits are
exceeded in great numbers. In additions to the fine, $5.00 per fish
is imposed as restitution. Some tickets have exceeded $500.00.
On Lake Champlain the
daily limit of perch is 75 fish or 30 pounds, whichever is greater.
Perch to be weighed shall not be skinned, dressed, filleted, gutted
or beheaded. If perch are to be cleaned for consumption on the ice
or on the water, the numerical daily limit of 75 shall apply. For
other Vermont waters the daily limit is 50 fish or 20 pounds,
whichever is greater. Possession limits are double the daily limits.
For crappie (black and white combined) the daily limit is 25
crappie; possession limit of 50. The minimum length limit is 8
Permits that allow
possession of quantities above the normal possession limit are
available for those in the business of buying and selling sport
caught yellow perch and crappie.