Sue is a native Vermonter from Highgate Center, who now lives at the edge of the Adirondacks in Clinton County, New York. She holds degrees in Environmental Technology through Clinton Community College and Environmental Management and Planning at the State University of New York.

Sue spent many years with Vermont Fish and Wildlife, starting as the Franklin/Grand Isle representative on the Fish and Wildlife Board, then as Special Assistant to the Commissioner. She has been part of the environmental remediation team working on the western shores of Lake Champlain in coal tar and black ash cleanup, and has developed protocol and presented microplastic research with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

She is 17-year Weigh Captain for the LCI Father’s Day Fishing Derby, volunteers for many outdoor education groups, including both Vermont and New York Hunter Education programs, is a founding member of the Vermont Guide Association’s Doe Camp program, and currently is a volunteer instructor with the New York State Becoming an Outdoors Woman program.

In her free time, Sue and her husband raise grass-fed beef and are small-scale sugarmakers.

Sue Hagar shows of a land-locked Atlantic salmon during annual egg collection at the Ed Weed Fish Hatchery in Grand Isle, Vermont

Favorite Thing to do on Lake Champlain

Why, fish, of course!

Favorite Type of Fish or Lake Critter

Walleye. Wait... Smallies. No - bowfin... awww... there are so many!

Favorite Story or Memory

When I was little my dad used to take me fishing on the Missisquoi River heading out of Swanton near the wildlife refuge. It wasn't fancy, just worms and a hook. I remember my dad teaching be to back cast... except when I did, I caught him in the ear with my hook and he almost ended up in the river. We didn't fish much after that for a while...

Largest Fish Caught

A bull shark in the Bahia Honda Channel in the Florida Keys

Thing people least likely know

I designed choreography for community theatre, and also danced with Gregory Hines at the Flynn.

When not protecting Lake Champlain, what are your hobbies

Besides hunting and fishing (and the cooking that goes with it), I have gotten hooked on Paint and Sip events, and I really like teaching youth programs in conservation. There's nothing like helping a child build a watershed model and watching them when they finally connect the dots between human impact, weather events, and stewardship. And they have so many questions. Love it!