State Sets Catch-And-Release Rule For Berlin Pond

06/07/12 6:06AM

The state of Vermont is protecting both large and small-mouth bass in Berlin Pond by imposing catch and release regulations on the pond that was recently opened to fishing by a state Supreme Court decision.

The state says the rule is needed because studies of unexploited fish populations have shown that old, slow-growing fish, such as those found found in Berlin Pond, are vulnerable to angling when opened to fishing.

The catch-and-release rules for Berlin Pond take effect on June 15, six days after the opening of bass fishing season in Vermont.

Berlin Pond serves as the source of drinking water for the city of Montpelier and the pond was off-limits to recreational users until the Supreme Court decision determined the city couldn't restrict use of the pond.

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