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Vermont State Warm Water Fish

Walleye Pike Stizosedion vitreum vitreum Adopted: May 3, 1978, April 13, 2012

Adoption of the Vermont State Warm Water Fish

Joint Resolution R-91 of the Acts of 1978, effective on May 3, 1978, designated not one but two State Fishes: the Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) as the cold water fish, and the Walleye Pike (Stizosedion vitreum vitreum) as the warm water fish. Both are handsome, sporty and tasty game fish. The Brook Trout is the state's only trout native to its streams. Its mature weight varies considerably, depending on habitat in both cold brooks and ponds, but generally averages under a pound. The biggest Brook Trout caught in Vermont since official records began in 1969 weighed 5 lbs. 12 oz. The Walleye Pike, found in many Vermont lakes, takes its name from its unusual "marble" eyes which in certain light look very light or transparent. Its mature weight is four to eight pounds and the biggest one caught since 1969 weighed 12 lbs. 8 oz.

------- from Office of the Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual, Biennial Session, 1993-1994, p. 18.


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Additional Information

Stizostedion vitreum (walleye): University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Animal Diversity Web.

Sander vitreus (Mitchill, 1818): Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2008.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (12/2008).

Stizostedion vitreum (Mitchill, 1818): Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world..

Sander vitreus - (Mitchill, 1818): NatureServe Explorer: An Encyclopedia of Life.

State Fish: Complete list of official state Fish.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Vermont state symbols.

Fishing in Vermont: The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

Walleye Wisdom: An In-Fisherman Handbook of Strategies
Walleye Wisdom:
An In-Fisherman Handbook of Strategies

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