WATERFORD, Vt. — A plan by fish and game officials from Vermont and New Hampshire to stock walleye in a Connecticut River reservoir between the two states is being met with skepticism from some anglers who feel the popular game fish would harm other species, including trout, salmon and smallmouth bass.

Dayton Goudy of the Ammonoosuc Chapter of Trout Unlimited said Vermont and New Hampshire should not be stocking a non-native fish in the Moore Reservoir between Waterford, Vt., and Littleton, N.H.

“They should not be stocking a non-indigenous species over a self-sustaining fishery that already exists,” Goudy told Vermont Public Radio.

Fishery biologist Jud Kratzer of Vermont Fish and Wildlife said more research needed to be done on the impact on trout, but he doesn’t think walleye will have a big effect on other fish. “We have northern pike and smallmouth bass in the reservoirs and they are not native to this part of Vermont either,” he said.


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