New Vermont State Record Carp
by Al Escobedo
A new state record carp is in the books in Vermont. StickTheFish.com has the story of this 44+ pound brute.
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A new state record carp is in the books in Vermont. Darren Ouelette was bowfishing a backwater on Lake Champlain with his friend Taylor Patterson on May 20, 2014. Ouellette spotted a large carp cruising through flooded trees. A snap shot and a 20 minute fight led to the landing of a 44-pound 6-ounce giant carp. This fish overtakes the previous record by almost two pounds. The former state record was held by Jerry Ballantine. He arrowed a 42-pound 8-ounce carp on the Connecticut River in May of 2013.
As the battle with this carp began to wind down, Patterson tried to net the fish but the net was not big enough. "I ended up just grabbing it in the mouth by hand and swinging it in. I was surprised at how heavy it was when I went to lift it in.”
Ouelette’s 44+ pound carp is actually the largest fish ever recorded in the state of Vermont. Shawn Good, Vermont Fish & Game Fisheries Biologist, says Lake Champlain is a top carp fishery for those looking to arrow giant fish. "Full grown adult carp in Lake Champlain average well over 20 pounds in size, with a real opportunity to catch them in the 30 pound range and higher.”
Carp are very strong and powerful fish and many anglers are beginning to discover how fun and challenging they are to catch. Carp specific magazines, websites, and television shows have helped propel bowfishing and even line fishing for carp into the mainstream. Specialized bowfishing bows
and other equipment have made bowfishing extremely popular.
The common carp has long been established in North America and has been in Lake Champlain since 1883. It is a completely different species from the Asian carp found in other waters. While the common carp is technically an invasive species, it is not associated with the problems Asian carp have caused. Asian carp are not present in Vermont waters.