|Area 4 biologists completed the field work portion
of a three-year study on Lackawanna Lake crappies during the week of April 21, 2008. This state park lake
located about seven miles north of Scranton continued to support excellent numbers of crappie and bluegill.
As was the case in 2007, 7 to 9 inch fish dominated the crappie population (Figure 1) and 6 to 8 inch fish
dominated the bluegill population in 2008 (Figure 2). The complete list of fish caught during the survey
is in Table 1. Included in the catch were two 28 inch chain pickerel that probably weighed about eight
pounds each. The current state
record chain pickerel weighed 8 pounds, 14.8 ounces and was caught at Long Pond, Wayne County, in 2002.
Fishing activity for crappies and bluegills was picking up during the week we worked, and plenty of stocked rainbow and brook trout remained in the lake. Anglers concentrating on deeper water were catching limits of trout using a variety of natural and artificial baits. Shore bound anglers at Lackawanna Lake can find deeper water near the dam breast, Kennedy Creek Point, the Route 407 bridge, and the “neck” near the Bullhead Bay boat launch. The next trout stocking at Lackawanna Lake is planned for May 10.
Table 1. Fish species captured at Lackawanna Lake in 2008.
Figure 1. Percent frequency distribution of black crappie caught at Lackawanna Lake in 2008, 2007, and 2006.
Figure 2. Percent frequency distribution of bluegill caught at Lackawanna Lake in 2008, 2007, and 2006.
|-- Rob Wnuk, Area 4 Fisheries Manager|
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