|Located in Fulton County, Cowans Gap Lake is a 42 acre
impoundment surrounded by the 1,085 acre Cowans
Gap State Park. This Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources lake provides angling opportunities for panfish, stocked trout and bass. Cowans
Gap Lake offers anglers the choice of fishing from shore or by boat. Anglers should be aware that
motorized boats are restricted to electric propulsion only.
A 2001 fall draw down of the lake for repair work left an approximately three acre pond in the park until the lake was allowed to refill in the spring of 2003. After the lake was refilled largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked in 2004 and black crappie and channel catfish fingerlings were stocked in 2005. The stocking goal was to restore and enhance recreational fishing opportunities for these species in Cowans Gap Lake.
Biologists from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Fisheries Management Division conducted a trap net survey this spring (2006) that targeted panfish. This sampling activity represented a first step in a comprehensive lake survey. Future surveys, as part of the comprehensive lake survey will include:
Scales will be taken from all panfish and bass caught during fish surveys to give biologists insight into age, growth, and survival of each year class of stocked fish.
The table below depicts catch during the trap netting survey of Cowans Gap Lake.
While sampling, biologists from the PFBC conducted an educational session for park visitors that demonstrated trap net sampling and illustrated how future fisheries management plans will be developed for Cowans Gap Lake. Approximately sixty people attended this education and demonstration. Biologists also had the opportunity to give a less formal demonstration to students from James Buchanan Middle School during their visit to the park.
|-- John Frederick, Area 7 Fisheries Technician|
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