|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.
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.
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 9½ inches were the most numerous fish captured along with decent numbers of smallmouth bass.
|-- Tim Wilson, Area 2 Fisheries Technician|
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