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Hunters Lake


Hunters Lake is a small (117 acres) infertile lake (total alkalinity 5 – 10 mg/l) owned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and located in the mountains northeast of the village of Muncy Valley in Sullivan County. In the spring of the year, Hunters Lake is a popular trout stocked fishery with brook trout and rainbow trout stocked by the PFBC.

Fisheries Management staff surveyed the lake during the week of June 24, targeting panfish and bass. Pennsylvania style trapnets were set at 16 locations along the shoreline and the entire shoreline was electrofished on the night June 27, 2002.

Table 1. Length frequency and catch per hour (CPH) for panfish captured in 16 trapnets fished for 378 hours during the week of June 24, 2002 in Hunters Lake.


Length (in.)   Bluegill   Pumpkinseed   Yellow Perch

2   89   4    
3   41   6   2
4   23   4   21
5   24   1   17
6   33   4   5
7   41   15   1
8   65   23   1
9   30   7    
10   1       2
11            
12           1
13           2

Totals   347   64   25

Catch per Hour   0.92   0.17   0.14

CPH ≥ 8 in.   0.25   0.08   0.02

Area 3 Average
CPH ≥ 8 in.
  0.11   0.01   0.04

Also captured in the trapnets were 2 chain pickerel, 22 brown bullheads, 1 yellow bullhead, 3 golden shiners, 1 walleye, 2 hatchery brook trout and 3 blue-spotted sunfish.

While overall catch rates for panfish were below their Area 3 averages, the catch rate of large bluegills and pumpkinseeds (≥ 8 inches) was almost triple the Area average for these large fish.

Hunters Lake Panfish
Hunters Lake Panfish

Hunters Lake Panfish
Hunters Lake Panfish

Night electrofishing for 1.19 hours on the night of June 27th produced only fair catches of bass, but several large fish were present.

Table 2. Length frequency and catch statistics for bass and pickerel captured by night electrofishing the entire shoreline (1.19 hours) of Hunters Lake on the night of June 27, 2002.


Length (in.)   Largemouth
Bass
  Smallmouth
Bass
  Chain
Pickerel

3   2        
4   8        
5   1        
6   1        
7   2   1    
8   2   1    
9   6   1   1
10   14        
11   8        
12   4       1
13   3       1
14   4        
15   2        
16           1
17   3       1
18   1        
19   1        
20       1    

Totals   62   4   5

Catch per Hour   50.3   3.4   4.2

CPH ≥ 12 in.   15.1   0.8    

Area 3 Average
CPH ≥ 12 in.
  30.7   4.6    

Hunters Lake Pickerel
Hunters Lake Pickerel

The catches from Hunters Lake are fairly typical of the small infertile mountaintop lakes in the northcentral region of Pennsylvania. However, not so typical, were catches of large bluegills and pumpkinseeds, which were well above the average for northcentral PA. The bass catch during night electrofishing was below the Area 3 average but did contain several large individuals including a 19 inch largemouth and a 20 inch smallmouth.

Hunters Lake Bass
Hunters Lake Bass

The weather was hot and humid during the survey and it appeared that most quality size fish had moved offshore, moving shallow only after sunset. Anglers visiting Hunters Lake should target sunfish and bass in the deeper areas (8+ feet) to find the best catches.

-- Area 3


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