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Maidstone Lake was created when glacial ice carved out a deep basin along the northern stretches of the Connecticut River. The deep cold water left behind as a result of the glacier melt is now ideal habitat for salmon, rainbow and lake trout. Like many of the Northeast Kingdom lakes, Maidstone’s fish population was managed through creel surveys to help establish regulations and stocking efforts to provide anglers with a quality fishing experience. In recent years the focus on Maidstone Lake has changed . With access to genetic analysis fisheries biologists are discovering that Maidstone may hold a species of fish that is a direct descendent of the first lake trout left behind by the receding glaciers.
Host Marianne Eaton joins Eric Hanson from Northstar Canoe Rentals, to paddle a stretch of the Connecticut and spend the night at one of the primitive campsites along the river. Then, we join members of Green Mountain Power as they re-locate an osprey nest and we look at the osprey recovery efforts of Central Vermont Public Service and a concerned citizen on Lake Arrowhead in Milton. Lastly, Host Lawrence Pyne heads out onto Lake Champlain with Captain Dick Greenough of Sure Strike Charters in search of lakers.