BIOLOGIST REPORT

Glendale Lake


MuskieGlendale Lake is a 1600 acre impoundment located in Cambria County approximately three miles south of Coalport and 15 miles north of Altoona. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources owns the dam and lake as part of Prince Gallitzin State Park.

Diverse fishing opportunities through both natural reproduction and stocking of fish is available at the lake. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission raises and stocks approximately 48,000 walleye fingerlings every year and 8,000 purebred muskellunge fingerlings every other year at the lake. Commission Fisheries Management Area 3 personnel sampled Glendale Lake during the week of March 26, 2001 primarily to assess yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge fisheries. Staff fished Pennsylvania style trap net at 20 locations along the lakeshore. Preliminary results of the trap net survey are presented below.

Length (inches) Yellow Perch Walleye Northern Pike Muskellunge
3 1      
4 70      
5 32      
6 8      
7 9      
8 10      
9 4      
10 3      
11     1  
12        
13   1    
14   15    
15   13    
16   13    
17   6 2  
18   28 5  
19   27 3  
20   12    
21   4 1  
22   10 2  
23   3 2  
24   11 1  
25   6    
26   8    
27   3 2  
28   2 3  
29     2  
30     3  
31        
32     2  
33        
34     2  
35     1 1
36     1 2
37       1
38       2
39       1
Total 137 162 34 7

Also caught and counted but not measured include: 1340 bluegills, 267 black crappies, 101 white crappies, 55 pumpkinseeds, 29 golden shiners, 24 largemouth bass, 8 common carp, 2 white suckers, and one chain pickerel.

In addition, staff further sampled walleye populations on the night of April 4, 2001 using electrofishing gear. A total of six sites were sampled during almost two hours of work. Preliminary results of the electrofishing work are presented below.

Walleye

Length (inches) Number of Walleye caught
13 18
14 55
15 42
16 25
17 9
18 28
19 15
20 10
21 4
22 1
23 0
24 0
25 0
26 2
Total 209

Overall, preliminary results of the spring work indicate that the walleye population at Glendale, which had collapsed during the 1970’s, is at historical high levels for both the lake and for Management Area 3 with almost 75% of the fish captured by staff being legal size in 2001 . The figure below shows walleye electrofishing catch rates for Glendale Lake over the years compared to the average for Management Area 3.

Chart

Area 3 staff will sample at the lake again during June. At this time, water temperatures will be warmer and largemouth bass populations and panfish populations can be better evaluated then.

-- Area 3


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