Ice fishermen report bigger fish

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Treating Lake Champlain for sea lamprey appears to be paying off for fishermen.

Anglers are reporting larger, healthier fish and fewer injuries from sea lamprey from last summer through early January.

Ice fishermen and Fish and Wildlife officials say fishing has improved at Benson Landing at the southern end of the lake and further north.

Fishermen have reported healthier salmon, lake trout, walleye pike and northern pike this fall and winter.

Rutland County game warden Robert Sterling says the number of lamprey bites on the game fish has decreased.

Lamprey are a parasitic fish that prey on game fish such as trout and salmon.

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