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Lebanon County
March 28-30, 2005

Located in Lebanon County, Memorial Lake is an 84 acre impoundment surrounded by the 230 acre Memorial Lake State Park. This Department of Conservation and Natural Resources lake provides angling opportunities for bass and panfish and is stocked annually with tiger muskellunge fingerlings. Memorial Lake offers anglers the choice of fishing from shore or by boat. The lake has two boat launches, Church Road and Day Use Access. Motorized boats used in the lake are authorized to use electric motors only. The lake is also managed under the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Big Bass Program.

Area Fisheries Manager Dave Miko with a northern pike from Memorial Lake
Area Fisheries Manager Dave Miko with a northern pike from Memorial Lake

Biologists from the PFBC, Fisheries Management Division conducted a trap netting survey in Memorial Lake as the first step in a comprehensive lake survey. Tiger muskellunge were targeted during this phase of the lake survey. The only tiger muskellunge that was collected was 17 inches in total length and weighed almost one pound. Although not the target of this survey a number of quality panfish were collected including crappie up to 13 inches in total length and bluegill up to eight inches in total length. Future surveys to be conducted in 2005 as part of the comprehensive lake survey will target the panfish and bass populations.

Fisheries Technician John Frederick with a white crappie from Memorial Lake
Fisheries Technician John Frederick with a white crappie from Memorial Lake

The table below depicts catch during this early survey in Memorial Lake.

Fish Species Number Collected Size range (inches)
Northern pike 8 23 - 35
Tiger muskellunge 1 17
Chain pickerel 6 14 - 19
Bluegill 103 2 - 8
Black crappie 101 2 - 11
White crappie 148 3 - 13
Yellow perch 19 2 - 11
Brown bullhead 2 14 - 15
Yellow bullhead 4 6 - 15
Common carp 11 not measured
Golden shiner 46 not measured
White sucker 18 not measured
Largemouth bass 3 14 - 16
Pumpkinseed 5 1
Green sunfish 1 not measured

Chain pickerel captured in Memorial Lake during the survey
Chain pickerel captured in Memorial Lake during the survey

Tiger muskellunge captured in Memorial Lake during the survey
Tiger muskellunge captured in Memorial Lake during the survey

 
-- John Frederick, Area 7 Fisheries Technician

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