|Green Lick Lake (Fayette County) is a 101-acre lake owned by the Pennsylvania Fish and
Boat Commission. Located east of Woodale, this lake is sometimes also known as Jacobs Creek Reservoir. Green
Lick has been stocked with walleye and channel catfish in past years to increase angling opportunities. The
lake is a mildly turbid lake with moderate productivity (alkalinity 20 parts per million). The lake has a
variety of habitats ranging from vegetated near shore zones to rock ledges. The county park surrounding the lake provides
a scenic setting.
The main purpose of our 2008 surveys was to determine the size and quality of the lake’s resident gamefish and panfish populations. Walleye were the most numerous gamefish species collected, while crappie and sunfish both were the most numerous panfish collected. Table 1 summarizes the catch data from our April 2008 survey with trap nets.
Bluegills were a very abundant fish collected in the nets. The Bluegill population has increased since the last survey and not surprisingly so has the larger quality fish (i.e. greater than 7 inches). The state panfish enhancement guideline is 0.51 quality fish per hour, and during our sampling in 2008 we collected quality fish at a rate of 0.81 per hour.
Crappies were also abundant in assessment catch; although quality size (over 9 inches) numbers dropped since the last survey in 1997. The temperature of the lake was low at the time of the survey and may have played a role on the activity of the fish and assessment catch. The number of quality fish collected per hour was 0.39 and exceeds the state panfish enhancement guideline of 0.25 fish per hour.
Total walleye collected increased slightly since the last sampling period in 1997, and the number of quality fish (over 15 inches) collected has doubled. The number of quality fish collected per hour was 0.14 and the state walleye guideline is 0.15 fish per hour.
During the nighttime electrofishing survey we found that the number and sizes of largemouth bass have increased to exceed the guidelines for Big Bass lakes, although this lake is not in that program. Largemouth bass assessment catch nearly doubled since the last assessment. In 2008 83% were greater than 12 inches and 53% were greater than 15 inches in our assessment catch. Table 2 below summarizes the catch data from our 2008 electrofishing survey.
To provide added perspective about largemouth bass at Green Lick, abundance indices have been improving with each survey since 1979. The abundance of bass from 1979 to 2008 has nearly tripled in terms of fish collected per hour. The percent of quality fish to total number of fish has increased as well. All state big bass guidelines are exceeded at Green Lick Lake with bass over 12 inches collected at a rate of 37 per hour (state guideline 7 per hour) and bass over 15 inches collected at a rate of 24 per hour (state guideline 2 per hour).
We conclude by saying that Green Lick Lake provides a great place to fish for many species including walleye, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, suckers, and common carp.
|-- Joe Cocco, Fisheries Biologist Aide, and Rick Lorson, Area 8 Fisheries Manager|
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