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Presque Isle Bay
April 21 - May 8, 2003
Sampling Gear: 28 trap net sets


Presque Isle Bay is part of Presque Isle State Park located in northwest Pennsylvania. The bay is a 3,300 acres body of water formed by a sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. Fisheries Management Area 1 sampled the bay from April 21, 2003 to May 8, 2003 for a total of 28 trapnet sets with a total effort of 670.25 net hours. A total of 3,179 fish were caught representing 26 species ranging from the common bluegill to the rare bowfin and the primitive looking longnose gar. Bluegills (1,326) were the most numerous species caught followed by quillback (539), yellow perch (340) and pumpkinseed (246). Yellow perch up to 13 inches long were caught. Good numbers of black crappie in the 8-10 inch size range were also found. Although few northern pike were caught this year, the largest fish was over 35 inches long. Impressive largemouth and smallmouth bass were also found with some fish over 19 inches long.

Presque Isle Bay Spring Trapnet Catch
  2003 2000 1997 1994 1991
 
Trapnet Hours 670 759 904 569 572

Bluegill 1,326 1,350 1,125 250 524
CPU 2.0 1.8 1.2 0.4 0.9
Pumpkinseed 246 291 204 88 235
CPU 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.4
Black crappie 153 78 318 12 129
CPU 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.2
Yellow perch 340 248 607 137 500
CPU 0.5 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.9
Northern pike 12 41 204 7 159
CPU 2.0 1.8 1.2 0.4 0.9

CPU = Catch per trapnet hour

Tabulating Data
Tabulating Data

Bass
Bass

Northern Pike
Northern Pike

Bowfin
Bowfin

-- Area 1


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