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Bass Survey

Luzerne County
June 1, 2006

Area 4 biologists electrofished Frances Slocum Lake on the night of June 1 to assess the bass population. Our bass electrofishing catch rate was 31.4 per hour, which was a bit below the 2001 catch rate of 46.4 per hour. The lower catch rate this year was likely due to sampling conditions. Frances Slocum warmed rapidly this week and the bass may have headed for deeper water. There was also an algae bloom that clouded the water and made it difficult to see. Although our total catch rate was a bit low, there were lots of nice size individuals present. Almost 25% of the fish we handled exceeded 15 inches, with the largest bass measuring 21 inches long and weighing 4.6 pounds. Frances Slocum Lake should be a great place for anglers to go for the opening day of bass season on June 17.
Fisheries Biologist Aide Ryan McGrady with largemouth bass from Frances Slocum Lake Fisheries Biologist Aide Ryan McGrady with largemouth bass from Frances Slocum Lake
Fisheries Biologist Aide Ryan McGrady with largemouth bass from Frances Slocum Lake

A tub of bass from Frances Slocum Lake
A tub of bass from Frances Slocum Lake

 
-- Rob Wnuk, Acting Area 4 Fisheries Manager

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