Baby Lake Trout Surviving In Lake Champlain For The First Time in Decades

Young lake trout weren't surviving their first winter in Lake Champlain for decades, but in recent years scientists have noticed a change: baby trout are now surviving in the lake. Photo by Taylor Dobbs.

VPR - For over a century, lake trout offspring were not surviving through their first winter in Lake Champlain - so the state of Vermont has been stocking the lake with yearling trout for the past 45 years. But over the last three years, there's been a seemingly positive and significant change in the survival of the lake's young trout.

However scientists don't know why the change is happening. Ellen Marsden, a professor of fisheries at the University of Vermont, joined Vermont Edition to talk more about it.