BIOLOGIST REPORT

Buzzard Swamp

Forest County
May 2002


Buzzard Swamp is a series of ponds used primarily for waterfowl propagation. However, several of them hold good populations of largemouth bass and panfish. They are located in the Allegheny National Forest in southeastern Forest County near Marienville. Anglers must walk in or bicycle from a parking area. Pond #6, at 66 acres, is the largest pond present in the complex.

The pond was sampled on May 23, 2002 using night boat electrofishing techniques to sample the largemouth bass population. This information will be used to evaluate the fingerling largemouth bass stocking program. Twenty-seven bass were sampled during 109 minutes of electrofishing. They ranged in size from 9 to 18 inches and the majority of the bass sampled were over 12 inches. Although panfish were not netted, we observed good-sized bluegill, crappie and yellow perch while electrofishing.

Allegheny National Forest Technician Nancy Rudolph with Buzzard Swamp Bass
Allegheny National Forest Technician Nancy Rudolph with Buzzard Swamp Bass

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