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Walker Lake - Snyder County
May 6-7, 2003
Sampling Gear: Trap net sets


Fisheries Management staff traveled to Snyder County to perform a one day trapnet survey of Walker Lake. The purpose of the survey was to try to determine the effect angler harvest may be having on the panfish in the lake. All fish captured were counted and all sportfish were measured in one inch size groups. In addition, scale samples were taken for selected panfish species to determine age and growth rates.

35 Inch Northern Pike
35 Inch Northern Pike

Walker Lake is a 239 acre impoundment in Adams Township, Snyder County and is managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for public fishing and boating (boats are limited to electric motors only). We set five Pennsylvania style trapnets in Walker Lake for one overnight set on May 6-7, 2003. In addition to the targeted panfish, a sample of some large gamefish were captured. See Tables 1 and 2 below for the size distribution of the catch.

26 Inch Walleye
26 Inch Walleye

Table 1. Length frequency distribution of panfish captured in five Pennsylvania trapnets in Walker Lake, Snyder County on May 6 – 7, 2003.

Length
(Inches)
Black
Crappie
White
Crappie
Brown
Bullhead
Yellow
Bullhead
Channel
Catfish
Bluegill

3 8 3       1
4 2 9       6
5 6 1 1     3
6 14 12 4     3
7 64 18 7 3   8
8 121 90 7 3    
9 13 11 3 10    
10 1 7 18 9    
11   1 33 6 6  
12 1   22 4 8  
13     2      
14   1        
15            

Totals 230 153 97 35 14 21
Also captured were 13 golden shiners, 5 common carp, 3 white suckers, 5 pumpkinseeds and 1 yellow perch.

 Table 2. Length frequency distribution of gamefish captured in five Pennsylvania trapnets in Walker Lake, Snyder County on May 6 – 7, 2003.

Length
(Inches)
Walleye Northern
Pike
Largemouth
Bass
Chain
Pickerel

20   1 1  
21        
22        
23   1   1
24        
25        
26 4      
27 1      
28 1      
29        
///        
34        
35   1    

Totals 6 3 1 1
 

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