The LCFWRO provides assistance to its state partners on a variety of fish and wildlife management programs. The ability to share resources and expertise enhances the opportunity for our agencies to accomplish much more and benefits the fish, wildlife and their habitats.
Stocking Atlantic salmon fry into tributaries to Lake Champlain
USFWS staff from the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resource Office assist New York Department of Environmental Conservation staff with stocking landlocked Atlantic salmon fry. The fry are stocked into the Boquet, Ausable, and Saranac river watersheds. Fry are stocked into preferable habitat in the upper reaches of the rivers. After the fry spend approximately 2 years in the tributaries were they were stocked they will migrate to Lake Champlain as smolts. The salmon will then mature in the lake and eventually return to the rivers in which they were stocked as fry. Adult returns of salmon are monitored in the Boquet River at the Willsboro Fish Ladder by the NYDEC and USFWS.
Assessing the walleye and collecting brood stock for partners
The LCFWRO assists the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Lake Champlain Walleye Association (LCWA) in collecting brood stock to be used in walleye restoration efforts. Service biologists and technicians annually electrofish for spawning walleye in South Bay of Lake Champlain. The Service will use the biological data collected from the sample of spawning fish to evaluate the age and size structure of the South Bay walleye population.
Assessing American Eel numbers in Lake Champlain
The Service is assisting the province of Québec in monitoring American eel restoration efforts in the Richelieu River by conducting eel surveys on Lake Champlain. The Richelieu River connects northern Lake Champlain to the St. Lawrence River and supported a commercial eel fishery until it was closed in 1998 because harvest dramatically declined. With the construction of fish passage facilities on the river and the stocking of almost 2 million young eels adult eels are now returning to the lake.