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Rose Valley Lake

Lycoming County
May 2007


Rose Valley Lake is a 389 acre lake located about 15 miles north of Williamsport, Lycoming County. The lake is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for public fishing and boating recreation. Boating is restricted to un-powered boats and those using electric motors only. Rose Valley Lake is managed under Big Bass program special regulations. All other species are managed under statewide regulations.

In May 2007, personnel from the Central Office and Fisheries Management Area 7 staff conducted a survey of panfish populations using 40 trap net sets. Rose Valley Lake was evaluated as a control lake for a statewide study of the panfish enhancement special regulations program.

Excellent numbers of bluegill and pumpkinseed were captured with the majority of the catch ranging in size from 7 to 9 inches. Many of these fish were gravid and preparing to spawn, possibly for a second time this spring. Catches of black crappie were good considering this species had recently spawned and were probably beginning to disperse to offshore areas.

Walleye and yellow perch catch and size structure was impressive considering the late spring sampling. Walleye and yellow perch are much more vulnerable to trap netting earlier in the spring, shortly after ice out when they are spawning.

In addition to the above catch, 235 golden shiner, 35 brown bullheads, 11 yellow bullheads, 8 rock bass and 10 largemouth bass were also captured during trap net operations.

Size (in) Black Crappie Bluegill Pumpkinseed Yellow Perch Walleye Chain Pickerel
2   22 1      
3 8 22   9    
4   12 1 6    
5   19        
6 2 51 4 4    
7 7 264 35 4    
8 19 555 62 4 2  
9 2 96 3 2 4  
10 9 26 1 36 3 1
11 105     109 1  
12 39     40    
13 7     8 1  
14 1       7  
15         5 2
16         3 3
17           7
18         3 4
19         5 2
20         3  
21         2  
22         3  
23         4  
24         3  
25         3  
26         1  
27         1  
Totals 199 1,067 107 222 54 19

Fisheries Management Clerical Supervisor Cindy Kellander prepares to measure a nice chain pickerel
Fisheries Management Clerical Supervisor Cindy Kellander prepares to measure a nice chain pickerel

Area Fisheries Manager Dave Miko displays a typical black crappie and yellow perch from Rose Valley Lake
Area 7 Fisheries Manager Dave Miko displays a typical black crappie and yellow perch from Rose Valley Lake

 
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