The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will hold a public informational meeting at 6 p.m. on July 22, 2013 at the Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street, Littleton, N.H. to discuss the proposed stocking of walleye into Moore Reservoir. Moore Reservoir is an impoundment on the Connecticut River in the communities of Littleton and Dalton, N.H., and Waterford and Concord, Vt.
At the session, fisheries biologists will provide background on the proposed stocking activities, and there will be an opportunity for public comment and questions.
"Walleye are currently found in the Connecticut River south of McIndoes Dam, and creating a fishery for them up in Moore Reservoir will be a welcome opportunity for North Country and Northeast Kingdom anglers," said Gabe Gries, a fisheries biologist with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
This proposed stocking is a cooperative effort between the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Walleye fingerlings would be raised at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Bald Hill Fish Culture Station in Newark, Vt., with the first stocking proposed for 2014. It is likely that, over time, a successful self-sustaining walleye population in Moore Reservoir will also naturally populate the two downstream reservoirs (Comerford and McIndoes) that currently do not contain walleye.
“Moore Reservoir has the potential to produce trophy walleyes due to its excellent habitat and abundant forage,” said Jud Kratzer, a fisheries biologist with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
For directions to the Littleton Opera House, visit: www.littletonareachamber.com/opera_house.php. If you are unable to attend the public hearing but still wish to comment on the proposal, you may email your comments to Jud Kratzer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-751-0486.
Fisheries research and fish stocking activities in Vermont are funded by fishing license sales and the federal Sport Fish Restoration Program, funded by an excise tax on the purchase of fishing and boating equipment.
Media Contacts: Jud Kratzer, VT Fish & Wildlife Department, 802-751-0486; Chet MacKenzie, VT Fish & Wildlife Department, 802-786-3864; Gabe Gries, NH Fish and Game Department, 603-352-9669