Allows the sale of lead sinkers in Vermont and the use of lead sinkers for fishing in Vermont streams and rivers. The use of lead sinkers in inland lakes or ponds in Vermont would continue to be prohibited. “Sinker” means any device that weighs one-half ounce or less and is attached to a fishing line for the purpose of sinking the line, and does not include other lead fishing-related items such as weighted fly line, lead-core fishing line, downrigger cannon balls, weighted flies, lures, spoons, or jig heads.

Notes: The term “inland lakes or ponds” generally does not include Lake Champlain. Thus, as this bill is drafted, it appears to be silent regarding the use of lead sinkers in Lake Champlain.

March 18, 2012: Still in House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources

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