WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says three new state record fish were caught last year.

The records were set for a burbot, channel catfish and pumpkinseed sunfish.

Last summer, a Poultney fisherman caught a 35-pound, 15-ounce channel catfish off the shore of Lake St. Catherine. The fish measured 41 inches long.

Later in the summer, a teenager pulled in a 10.5-inch-long pumpkinseed sunfish weighing more than a pound from Lake Bomoseen in Castleton.

And a Swanton ice fisherman caught a nearly 9-pound burbot - the only freshwater member of the cod family - in February of 2012.

The department says the catches prove that anglers don't need fancy equipment or expensive boats for a chance at catching big fish in Vermont.


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