The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is going to be doing winter surveys of anglers on Lake Champlain.
The creel survey is set to begin Thursday.
The survey will last through late winter and it will take place on both the southern and northern sections of the lake.
Fisheries Biologist Shawn Good says the winter survey is critical to providing important biological data about the fishery and what trends may exist around angling pressure in different areas of Lake Champlain.
Department "creel clerks" will be on the ice each weekend and holiday during the survey period, as well as for a number of randomly selected weekdays.
The clerks will count anglers in different areas, interview anglers and take fish measurements.