BIOLOGIST REPORT

Greeley Lake


Greeley Lake is 60 acre, long narrow impoundment located near the town of Greeley in Lackawaxen Township in Pike County. The lake is shallow with a maximum depth of 8.2 feet and an average depth of 4.3 feet. There is a small access area owned Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission located on the southwest corner of the lake. The access area is unpaved and can handle approximately six vehicles without trailers. Boating is permitted on the lake, however only electric motors are permitted. Boaters should take note that there are numerous stumps just beneath the water surface, so boat safely.

Commission staff conducted a lake survey in April to update the lake's fisheries management plan. Resident fishes were captured with trapnets (6 overnight  sets) and a gillnet (one overnight experimental gillnet set). The total catch included 140 black crappie (7-9 in, most were 8 in.); 122 bluegill (1-10 in, most were >7 in); 79 yellow perch (4-13 in., most were >10 in.); 62 pumpkinseed (6-9 in, most were >7 in.); 29 brown bullhead (9-14 in., most were 11 in.), 18 chain pickerel (11-22 in.; 9 were legal size: 15+ in., and 5 were 20+ in.), 6 largemouth bass (12-16 in.); 4 yellow bullhead (9-10 in.). Forage fish consisted of golden shiners.

(6/00) Greeley Lake was electrofished for 1.75 hours during the evening of May 23. Only largemouth bass and chain pickerel were targeted. A total of 83 largemouth bass and 43 chain pickerel were caught. Largemouth bass sizes ranged from 4 to 20 inches, with 43 percent (N=36) being legal size (>12 inches,) and 7 percent (N=6) were >15 inches. Chain pickerel sizes ranged from 9 to 21 inches, with 37 percent (N=12) of the pickerel >15 inches.

-- Fisheries Management Area 5

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