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1 March 2018 The First Record of Northern Sunfish (Lepomis peltastes) in the Lake Champlain Watershed
Eric C. Maxwell, Douglas M. Carlson
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In the summer of 2016, a population of Lepomis peltastes (Northern Sunfish), a New York State threatened species, was discovered in an 8-km reach of the Great Chazy River in Clinton County, NY. This population is the first known from the Lake Champlain watershed. Further investigation showed the population extending upstream of the lowest fish barrier for 2.3 km. Northern Sunfish were found in sheltered habitat shared with several other species of Centrarchidae. While a variety of methods were successfully used to catch Northern Sunfish, backpack electroshockers were the most effective. The future of the Northern Sunfish in New York is discussed, as well as the ecological implications for some of the other fish species in the river.

Eric C. Maxwell and Douglas M. Carlson "The First Record of Northern Sunfish (Lepomis peltastes) in the Lake Champlain Watershed," Northeastern Naturalist 25(1), 181-187, (1 March 2018). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.025.0113
Published: 1 March 2018
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