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Deep Creek Dam
Montgomery County
Summer 2003
Sampling Gear: Trap Nets


In an attempt to provide enhanced recreational fishing opportunities at Deep Creek Dam, a total of 5,000 channel catfish fingerlings have been stocked into Deep Creek Dam by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission since 1999. Five Pennsylvania style trap nets were fished from June 23 to June 24, 2003 for the purpose of evaluating these stockings.

Deep Creek Dam
Deep Creek Dam

Sixty-six channel catfish ranging in lengths from 7 to 25 inches were collected during the survey. The catch rate of channel catfish was 0.51 per hour. This means that 0.51 channel catfish were collected for every hour that the trap nets were fished. In other southeastern Pennsylvania lakes the average catch rate of channel catfish is 0.20 per hour. Large channel catfish (> 20 inches) were collected at a rate of 0.02 channel catfish per hour. The southeastern Pennsylvania average is 0.04 channel catfish per hour.

Channel catfish fingerling stockings have been successful at building a channel catfish population capable of supporting a directed fishery. Additional stockings will continue to build the channel catfish population density and with the passage of time the number of large channel catfish should also increase.

3 Channel Catfish
3 Channel Catfish

Over 3,000 black and white crappie ranging in lengths from 2 to 13 inches were also collected during the survey. Although numerous, the population appeared to be lacking quality size fish as the vast majority of the fish that were collected were between 5 and 7 inches long with only 18 being 9 inches or longer.

Additional fish species collected during the survey included brown and yellow bullhead up to 12 inches long and bluegill up to 8 inches long. The majority of the bluegill were between 4 and 6 inches long with only 2 being 8 inches or longer. White suckers and common carp were also present in good numbers. Brown and rainbow trout ranging in lengths from 9 to 20 inches were also collected. The unusually wet and cool spring accounted for the late presence and good health of the trout collected at Deep Creek Dam. Although trap nets do not readily collect largemouth bass a prior electofishing survey at Deep Creek Dam revealed an excellent largemouth bass population.

21 Inch Brown Trout and 20 Inch Rainbow Trout
21 Inch Brown Trout and 20 Inch Rainbow Trout

Deep Creek Dam is a 25 acre lake owned by the Montgomery County Parks Department and is included as part of the 3400 acre Green Lane Park. The lake is located approximately 1 mile southwest of the Borough of Green Lane and can be reached via Snyder Road west off of State Route 29. Motors are restricted to electric only at the lake.

-- Area 6


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