BIOLOGIST REPORT

Nessmuk Lake


Nessmuk Lake is a 24.3 hectare (60 acre) Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) impoundment near Wellsboro in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The impoundment is owned and managed by the PFBC, but maintained by the Borough of Wellsboro. The lake is managed for warmwater species and Commonwealth Inland Water regulations apply.

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Nessmuk Lake was sampled June 4 – 6, 2001 with 8 trapnet sets located along the shoreline and night electrofished the entire shoreline on the evening of June 5. The results of the survey are presented below.

Table 1. June 2001 trapnet catch of panfish species from Nessmuk Lake, Tioga County.

Inches Bluegill Pumpkinseed Yellow Perch Black Crappie
2 2 1
3 29 2
4 5 9 1
5 6 46 3
6 87 10 4 3
7 61 3 4
8 13 2 3
9 6 2
10 4 1
11 2
12 1
13
Totals 209 71 23 7

Also captured in the trapnets were 85 golden shiners, 4 chain pickerel, 2 brown bullheads, and 1 largemouth bass.

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Table 2. Comparison of 2001, 1998 and 1994 night electro-fishing catch of largemouth bass from Nessmuk Lake, Tioga County.

Inches 2001 1998 1994
2 1
3
4
5
6 1
7 2 2 2
8 2 8 3
9 5 69 23
10 7 33 71
11 13 9 15
12 11 29 12
13 10 21 8
14 20 9 6
15 12 10
16 6 2 3
17 1 1 1
18 3
19 3 1
20 1 1 1
21 1 1
Totals 90 202 148
Electrofishing Time (Hours) 0.68 0.7 1.7
Catch per Hour 132.4 282.3 255.2
Catch per Hour 12” 88.2 112.6 56.9
Catch per Hour 15” 27.9 30.0 4.1

-- Area 3


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