Bass fishing has become a huge source of revenue for communities around Lake Champlain with dozens of tournaments planned each year. Shoe-horning all those anglers into fishing only one side of the lake is not a popular decision.
In response, New York and Vermont both wrote clauses into their regulations so that all of Lake Champlain is considered one body of water, thus allowing the transport, weigh-in and release of fish across state borders.
Problem is, the feds have yet to follow suit.
Tom Wiggins, a Vermont Fish & Wildlife fish culture manager, said APHIS is aware of the problem and is supposed to amend its regulation prior to bass season.
They originally said theyd make the change before March, now they are saying it will happen sometime this spring, Wiggins said. Weve certainly made our opinion known on the subject.