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Lake Chillisquaque
Montour County
May 12 - 16, 2003


Lake Chillisquaque is a 165 acre impoundment on the Middle Branch Chillisquaque Creek located 11 miles north of Danville, Montour County. The lake is contained within the Montour Preserve, which is owned by Pennsylvania Power and Light (PP&L). The reservoir serves as a source of emergency cooling water for the PP&L Montour Steam Electric Station. The lake is popular with anglers. PP&L maintains one boat launch with ample parking but boating is restricted to electric motors only.

Fisheries Technician Tim Wilson with a 34 Inch Northern Pike Captured Night Electrofishing
Fisheries Technician Tim Wilson with a 34 Inch Northern Pike Captured Night Electrofishing

Lake Chillisquaque is included in the Panfish Enhancement Regulations program with more restrictive size limits and creel limits on black crappie and bluegill. All other species are under regulations for Commonwealth Inland Waters. All fish populations are maintained through natural reproduction.

Tim Wilson with a 27 inch Walleye
Tim Wilson with a 27 Inch Walleye

Fisheries Management crews from Area 3 and Area 4 conducted a joint survey of Lake Chillisquaque during the week of May 12 – 16, 2003. We set 40 trapnets and night electrofished 1.8 miles of shoreline on the evening of May 14, 2003. See Tables 1 and 2 below for the numbers and sizes of fish captured.

Table 1. Length frequency of fish collected in 40 trapnet sets in Lake Chillisquaque during the week of May 12, 2003.

Inches Northern
Pike
Walleye Black
Crappie
Bluegill Yellow
Perch
Brown
Bullhead
Yellow
Bullhead

1       5      
2     58 412   2  
3     849 159 64 1 1
4     13 54 4    
5     1 14 18    
6     10 9 5 1 1
7     24 15 6    
8     1 17 8   3
9   1 10   14   7
10   1 23   7   3
11     47   4   7
12     50   2   7
13     12   2   4
14   1 2     1 9
15   1       3  
16     1        
17   3 1        
18   5 1        
19   9          
20 2 8          
21   5          
22   5          
23 3 1          
24 1 1          
25   1          
26   3          
27   2          
///              
34 3            

Totals 9 47 1,103 685 134 8 42

Also captured were 290 golden shiners, 21 pumpkinseeds, 16 white suckers, 8 quillback carpsuckers, 5 largemouth bass, 4 rock bass, 4 spottail shiners, 3 bluntnose minnows, 3 common carp, 2 fathead minnows, and 1 green sunfish.

17 Inch Black Crappie from Lake Chillisquaque
17 Inch Black Crappie from Lake Chillisquaque

Table 2. Length frequency of largemouth bass and northern pike captured by night electrofishing on the night of May 14, 2003.

Inches Largemouth Bass Northern Pike

3 2  
4 6  
5 4  
6 1  
7    
8    
9 4  
10 5  
11 4  
12 1  
13 1  
14 4  
15 14  
16 8  
17 2  
18 1  
19    
20   1
///    
34   1

Totals 57 2

Fisheries Biologist Aide Christine Kolata with 18 Inch Black Crappie from Lake Chillisquaque
Fisheries Biologist Aide Christine Kolata with 18 Inch Black Crappie from Lake Chillisquaque

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