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Promised Land Lake, Lower
Pike County
April 21 - 25, 2003
Sampling Gear: Trap Nets


Promised Land Lake, Lower is a 173 acre lake located within Promised Land State Park in Pike County. The lake is an Approved Trout Water and is stocked preseason and twice inseason (one plant each during the early spring, and in winter - November) with brook trout. Panfish Enhancement Regulations for sunfish (bluegill/pumpkinseed) and yellow perch were implemented in 2000. All other species are managed under Commonwealth Inland Waters regulations. The lower lake was surveyed as part of a statewide evaluation of the Panfish Enhancement Regulation and additional evaluation surveys are scheduled to occur in 2005 and 2007.

Promised Land Lake, Lower

Biologists from Fisheries Management Area 4 and 5 trapnetted for 923 hours (40 overnight sets) in Promised Land Lake, Lower during the week of April 21, 2003. The weather during this period was cold and snowy; in fact whiteout conditions were encountered. Thirteen game species and two forage species were present, and 2,454 individual fish were handled (1598 game and 856 forage fish). Bluegill, black crappie, and pumpkinseed were the most abundant game species and provide a nice fishery (see table below).

Trap nets

The bluegill catch in 2003 greatly increased over our previous catch in 1997, but was lower than the catch in 1993. In 2003 a total of 399 bluegill were caught of which 86 percent were greater than or equal to 7 inches in length. The percent of catch of legal size bluegill (7 inches or greater) in 2003 was similar to the previous surveys in 1993 and 1997.

The 2003 catch of pumpkinseed (total and those 7 inches and over) greatly increased over our previous catch in 1997, but was noticeably lower than the catch of 1993. In 2003, a total of 236 pumpkinseed were caught of which 77 percent were greater than or equal to 7 inches in length. The catch composition of legal size pumpkinseed (7 inches or greater) in 2003 was slightly lower than the previous surveys in 1993 and 1997.

Boat and trap nets

The yellow perch catch in 2003 was slightly lower than the previous catch in 1993, but declined from our previous catch in 1997. In 2003 a total of 197 perch were caught of which 75 percent were greater than or equal to 9 inches in length. The catch of legal size yellow perch (9 inches or greater) in 2003 was higher than in 1997, and only slightly lower than in 1993.

Other species caught in spring trapnet sets are listed below. The catch of black crappie was higher than the previous surveys in 1993 and 1997. The high catch of largemouth bass is especially noteworthy as this species generally avoids being caught in trapnets.

Trap nets

Nightboat electrofishing was conducted in early June to assess the predator species (largemouth bass and chain pickerel) of the lake. In 2003, a total 42 largemouth bass and 90 chain pickerel were caught in 2.48 hours of electrofishing. Legal size largemouth bass accounted for 48 percent of the catch in 2003. The legal size component of the catch in 2003 was higher that the previous survey of 1993, but slightly lower than that of 1997. The catch of legal size chain pickerel was higher than in previous survey years (1993 and 1997) and accounted for 9 percent of the catch.

April Trapnetting
Species Size Range
(inches)
Number Caught Comments
Panfish Enhancement Regulation Species
Bluegill 2-13 399 With 86% 9 inches or greater
Pumpkinseed 3-9 236 With 77% 7 inches or greater
Yellow Perch 4-13 197 With 75% 7 inches or greater
Commonwealth Inland Water Regulated Species
Black crappie 4-14 254 72% were 9 inches or greater
Adult Hatchery Trout   131  
Chain pickerel 3-23 123 26 were legal size & 9 were 20+ inches
Yellow bullhead 8-13 112  
Brown bullhead 4-15 96  
Largemouth bass 8-21 27 26 were legal size & 19 were 15+ inches
White sucker 17-22 12  
Rock bass 8-9 8  
Green sunfish 7-9 3  
Bluespotted sunfish 2-3 3 These are adult fish, the small size is species specific
Forage Species
Golden shiner 2-10 485  
Creek chubsucker 6-16 368  
Grand Total      
June Electrofishing
Largemouth bass 6-21 42 20 were of legal size & 8 were 15+ inches
Chain pickerel 7-16 90 10 were of legal size

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