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Bedford County
May 18, 2005

The PFBC hosted a public trap netting demonstration for the public at Shawnee Lake - Shawnee State Park in Bedford County on May 18, 2005. Over 150 persons were in attendance and received a detailed explanation on trap netting from Areas Fisheries Manager Dave Miko. Fisheries Technician John Frederick and Fisheries Biologist Aid Charlie Weems assisted Dave in pulling the nets, and also giving a thorough description of fish caught and data collected. Click here to view details of a March 2005 survey of Shawnee Lake.

Trap netting demonstration
Trap netting demonstration

The purpose of the trap netting survey was to look at the lakes panfish population. This information will aid biologists in better managing the lake for anglers. Pennsylvania style trap nets were used at Shawnee Lake. This style net works by funneling the fish out from shore and into the main holding area of the trap. A net was set up on shore for the audience to view.

Trap net set up on shore
Trap net set up on shore

The nets are pulled three to four times daily. Data collected on the fish include species, age, weight, and length. Fish caught at this demonstration and throughout the week included: gizzard shad, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, walleye, northern pike, bullhead catfish, yellow perch and chain pickerel.

Hauling in a trap net
John and Charlie haul in the trap net

Dave Miko with a northern pike
Dave Miko with a northern pike

John Frederick with 5.75 pound largemouth bass
John Frederick with 5.75 pound largemouth bass

John Frederick with walleye
John Frederick with walleye

 
-- Alice Stitt, Southcentral Aquatic Resources Program Specialist

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