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Little Buffalo State Park


Perry County
March 29 - April 1, 2004

PFBC biologists from the Fisheries Management Division conducted the first week of a two week long trapnet survey in Perry County’s Holman Lake in Little Buffalo State Park. Anglers who observed the trapnet catch from March 29 through April 1, 2004 were impressed by the high numbers of yellow perch between ten and fourteen inches. Nearly half of the 1,035 yellow perch measured exceeded ten inches (Photo #1). The trophy element of the Holman Lake fishery was shown by Tuesday's catch of a tiger muskellunge that measured 47.5 inches and weighed over 30 pounds (Photo #2).

Holman Lake perch
Holman Lake perch

Area Fisheries Manager Larry Jackson (right) and Fisheries Technician John Frederick (left) weigh tiger muskellunge
Area Fisheries Manager Larry Jackson (right) and Fisheries Technician John Frederick (left) weigh tiger muskellunge

Black crappies to 11 inches and good numbers of six to eight inch bluegills were beginning to enter the nets toward the end of the week. Black crappie and bluegills reproduce in the lake, while the tiger muskellunge fishery is maintained by annual stocking of fingerlings.

Anglers interested in observing the catch during the second week of the trapnet survey are welcome to come to the main boat launch at 10 am on Tuesday (April 6) through Thursday (April 8) when the trapnet catch will be measured and weighed.

AFM Larry Jackson with tiger muskellunge
This photo of a large tiger muskellunge was taken by a bystander at Holman Lake in Little Buffalo State Park. The fish had been captured by Area Fisheries Manager Larry Jackson, who is seen holding the fish, during a survey of the lake.

 
-- Larry Jackson, Area Fisheries Manager, Area 7

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