- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says two new record fish were reported last year as part of the Master Angler program.

Both the record fish, a 44-pound carp and a 2 pound 9 ounce white perch, were caught in Lake Champlain.

In its fifth year, Vermont’s Master Angler program was developed to recognize the achievements of anglers who catch trophy-sized fish in Vermont waters and celebrates the growth and survival of the large fish. The program received trophy fish entries from 79 different waterways. Of the 33 species eligible for entry in the program, only two had no entries for 2014.

Fisheries Biologist Shawn Good says there was an increase in the number of entries of non-traditional fish species like bowfin, carp, and longnose gar.

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