BIOLOGIST REPORT

Fairview Lake


Fairview Lake is a169-acre natural lake located in Blooming Grove Township in Pike County, just south of Lake Wallenpaupack. The lake is deep with a maximum depth of 48 feet.

A routine survey was conducted in late April to update the lakes fisheries management plan. Resident fishes were captured with trapnets (9 overnight  sets) and  gillnets (6 overnight gillnet sets). The total catch of game fishes included 133 yellow perch (9-14 in, most were 11-12 in); 66 smallmouth bass (12-18 in., with 34 15+ in.); bluegill (5-10 in., with most 8-9 in.); 27 pumpkinseed (6-8 in.); 17 catchable/stocked rainbow trout; 14 brown bullhead (10-16 in.); 14 yellow bullhead (9-14 in.); 12 walleye (19-26 in.); 12 rock bass (5-10 in.); 10 largemouth bass (12-18 in., with 5 > 15+ in.); 8 chain pickerel (18-23 in., with 3 >20 in.); and 1 each for black crappie, longear sunfish, and channel catfish (12 in.). Forage fish consisted 1,187 alewife, 11 creek chubsuckers, and 2 golden shiner. The high catch of smallmouth bass in trap and gillnets is significant as this species generally avoids these gears.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission maintains a small boat launch facility on the southwestern corner of the lake, capacity approximately 10 cars with trailers. Our boat access can be reach by taking SR 0390 north from I-84 to SR 4004.  Boating is permitted on the lake, and gas motors are permitted. 

(6/00) Fairview Lake was electrofished for 3 hours and 21 minutes during the evening of May 25. Targeted species were smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, trout, and walleye. A total of 111 smallmouth bass, 61 largemouth bass, 17 chain pickerel, and 55 catchable trout were caught. No walleye were seen or caught during this survey. Smallmouth bass sizes ranged from 3 to 18 inches, with 41 percent (N=46) being legal size (>12 inches), and 14 percent (N=16) were >15 inches. Largemouth bass sizes ranged from 3 to 21 inches, with 72 percent (N=44) being legal size (>12 inches), and 39 percent (N=24) were >15 inches. The 21 inch largemouth bass weighed in at 5 pounds and 6 ounces. Chain pickerel sizes ranged from 11 to 20 inches, with 71 percent (N=12) being >15 inches. All trout caught were of legal size, and were from the PFBCs recent spring stockings.

-- Fisheries Management Area 5 

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