Only a few decades ago, Vermont's largest native game fish was widely considered extinct in state waters. It was thought that the last, remnant population of muskellunge in the Lake Champlain basin was wiped out by a chemical spill in the 1970s. But to the delight of anglers and fisheries managers, a small but steady number of these huge, toothy fish have been caught in recent years, which has both rekindled interest in fishing for muskie and sparked renewed efforts to restore these spectacular predators in Lake Champlain.
Lawrence Pyne hits the Missisquoi River and Lake Champlain in search of muskellunge, or muskie, the water monster that might be making a comeback. A visit to the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge, a large wetland ecosystem that shelters osprey and great blue herons. A look at a Green Mountain Conservation Camp on Lake Bomoseen, a unique summer camp for kids.