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Mercer County
April 7, 2004


Lake Wilhelm is a 1,740 acre reservoir located in M.K. Goddard State Park in Mercer County. Staff from the Area 2 Fisheries Management Office in Tionesta and the Warmwater Unit in Pleasant Gap performed a Night Electrofishing survey on Lake Wilhelm on the evening of April 7, 2004.

Fisheries Technician Tim Wilson with a 28 inch, 8.8 pound walleye
Fisheries Technician Tim Wilson with a 28 inch, 8.8 pound walleye

Our main target species for the evening was walleye. The catch of walleyes was down from the previous survey, but we hope to do better when we set trapnets the week of April 19th. The walleyes captured ranged from 12 to 28 inches, all were males but one.

A hefty 41 inch musky
A hefty 41 inch musky

The highlights of the evening proved to be the 41 inch musky and the large numbers of big largemouth bass that were observed. The bass pictured here are just a few of the lunkers we picked up. Many more were observed but let go as we were targeting walleye. The yellow perch are moving into the shallows after dark to spawn and large numbers were observed.

Largemouth bass
Largemouth bass

Largemouth bass
Largemouth bass

Largemouth bass
Largemouth bass

 
-- Tim Wilson, Area 2 Fisheries Technician

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