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Ed Weed Fish Culture Stations


History

The Ed Weed Fish Culture Station, located in Grand Isle, was established in 1991. It is the newest and largest of the five fish culture stations owned and operated by the VFWD. The individual for whom this facility is named was the Director of Engineering and Construction for the Dept. of State Buildings for the state of Vermont. Ed Weed was instrumental in the process of designing and securing funds to build this facility. Ed worked over more than 15 years with legislators, politicians, and state agencies to develop and construct this modern facility.

Production

With Lake Champlain as its sole water source, this facility raises over one half million brook, brown, rainbow, lake, steelhead and landlocked Atlantic salmon. It is involved in the continuous process of rearing fish from the egg stage through the various life stages for distribution throughout the state. It is also involved in an intense spawning program where previously stocked Landlocked Atlantic Salmon and Lake Trout are captured from Lake Champlain and then held and spawned directly at the station.

The Ed Weed Fish Culture Station is designed to rear approximately 130,000 pounds of fish in an 18-month cycle, annually. In addition a group of 14-18 inch, two-year old Rainbow and Brown trout are produced as well as over 350,000 salmon and Brook trout fry.

Programs

Here at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station the fish are used for several types of programs, such as:
  • Put and take fishing - this program is where the majority of the fish are reared to 8-10 inches then distributed to streams and ponds (Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout)
  • Put and take Trophy program - these two- year old trout are stocked as 14-18 inch fish into trophy trout sections (Brown and Rainbow trout)
  • Put-grow and take - this program allows the stocking of smaller fish into lakes and rivers feeding into lakes to grow for a few years. These fish will help in the restoration of the species to the water body as well as provide future recreational opportunities for anglers (Salmon, Lake and Steelhead Trout)
  • Cooperative Nursery program - this program provides local sportsman clubs with trout and technical assistance from the Department for raising and stocking these fish as adults.
  • Kids Brooks - this program assists in perpetuating the tradition of fishing by encouraging children to become ethical anglers. The facility provides trout to a number of public organizations that are committed to hosting Kid's fishing derbies


Directions and Information

The Ed Weed FCS and visitor center are located on Vermont Route 314 across from the Lake Champlain Transportation Co. ferry to Plattsburgh, NY. The visitor center is opened daily from 8am - 4pm. Guided group tours are available with a scheduled appointment. For further information please call (802) 372-3171.
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