BIOLOGIST REPORT

Laurel Hill Lake

Somerset County - May 22, 2002


Sampling Gear: Night Electrofishing

Summary: Laurel Hill Lake is a 62-acre impoundment that is operated by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) as part of Laurel Hill State Park. The PFBC stocks adult trout annually and saugeye fingerlings every other year; however, saugeye stocking have been inconsistent in the past. Saugeyes were not collected during our survey. Laurel Hill Lake contained a moderate density of largemouth bass. The largest bass collected was 19 inches long and weighed 4 lbs. 10 oz. (shown in the photo below). Smallmouth bass were not collected during the survey, even though smallmouth bass fingerlings were stocked in 1992 and 1993. Bluegills were the most abundant species that we collected with 85% of the bluegills between 3 and 6 inches. Yellow perch were collected in good numbers, but 95% were less than 7 inches. Black crappies were collected near submerged trees along the steep-sided east shore. We saw northern pike while we were electrofishing, but were unable to capture them. We will return in 2003 to conduct a trap net survey of Laurel Hill Lake.

19 Inch, 4 lb., 10 oz. Largemouth Bass
19 Inch, 4 lb., 10 oz. Largemouth Bass

Fish Species Number Collected Size Range
(Inches)
Additional Comments
Largemouth bass 36 4 – 19 31% greater than 12 in.
Bluegill 75 2 – 9 7% greater than 7 in.
Pumpkinseed 24 3 - 6  
Black crappie 9 6 – 10  
Yellow perch 55 3 – 11 4% greater than 9 in.
White sucker 1 Not measured  
Common carp 10 Not measured  
Bluntnose Minnow 1 Not measured  

-- Area 8


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