Biologist reports logo East Branch Clarion River Lake

Elk County
May 2004


East Branch Clarion River Lake is a 1,371 acre US Army Corps of Engineers impoundment located in northeastern Elk County. The primary purposes of the impoundment are flood control, recreation and flow augmentation. The Corps operates the East Branch Recreational Area in the vicinity of the dam and this area contains camping and picnicking facilities. Also located on East Branch is Elk State Park at the upper end of the lake. East Branch is a favorite of boaters and permits unlimited horsepower engines.

Boat Launch at Elk State Park
Boat Launch at Elk State Park

The lake is a deep steep-sided reservoir in picturesque surroundings with very low productivity and limited fish populations. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks the lake annually with walleye, tiger muskellunge, lake trout and fingerling brook trout. Because East Branch is deep and has cold water layers combined with high levels of dissolved oxygen, it is one of the few impoundments in Pennsylvania that can support lake trout.

AFM Al Woomer with a 33 inch Lake Trout
Area Fisheries Manager Al Woomer with a 33 inch Lake Trout

Staff from the PFBC Fisheries Management Area 2 office and the US Army Corps of Engineers set gillnets in East Branch Clarion River Lake in early May 2004 to assess the resident fish populations and the success of our stocking efforts.

Representatives of all stocked species were captured with several year classes noted in the walleye. Rock bass up to 9 inches were the most numerous fish captured along with decent numbers of smallmouth bass.

Fisheries Biologist’s Aide Craig Lucas with 38 inch tiger muskellunge
Fisheries Biologist’s Aide Craig Lucas with 38 inch tiger muskellunge

 
-- Tim Wilson, Area 2 Fisheries Technician

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