|In 1999, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) had to completely drain Tamarack
Lake, a 562 acre PFBC managed lake in Crawford County, to repair the
control towers at both ends of the lake. Following the completion of the repair work, the lake was
refilled during the winter of 1999-2000. Immediately, a restoration plan was put into action to
re-establish the fish populations in this reservoir. Table 1 provides a complete list of fish stocked
Table 1. Stocking history for Tamarack Lake, Crawford County since the lake was refilled in 1999.
Fisheries Management staff from the Area 2 office in Tionesta sampled the burgeoning fishery at Tamarack Lake on the evening of May 18, 2004 by night electro-fishing for 70 minutes.
The highlights of the evenings catch were two muskellunge (31 and 33 inches), three year classes of walleye, two year classes of black crappie, largemouth bass ranging from 4 to 16 inches and large numbers of bluegills (most were between 4 and 7 inches).
The fish populations in Tamarack Lake are gradually returning to their former densities. However, it will probably take several more years to regain the quality size that was typical of Tamarack before the draining, especially the large predators: muskellunge, walleye and largemouth bass. The future looks promising though, with stocked fish surviving well and natural reproduction taking hold for most species.
|-- Tim Wilson, Area 2 Fisheries Technician|
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