More Than 5,000 Muskie Stocked In River

09/21/11 6:06AM The Associated Press

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department continues its efforts to restore muskie to Lake Champlain.

In August, more than 5,000 muskie fingerlings were stocked in the Missisquoi River and bay in Swanton.

The program started in 2008, when 250 of the fish were place in the lower Missisquoi. Another 10,000 were added to the river and bay in 2009.

Officials say Lake Champlain and its tributaries were the only places in New England that historically had muskie. The fish was native to the Missisquoi river and bay but the population that lived upstream of the Swanton Dam was wiped out by a toxic spill in the 1970s.

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