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Glendale Lake
Cambria County
 
June 2010

Glendale Lake is a 1600 acre impoundment owned by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and is within Prince Gallitzin State Park. Located in Cambria County, it is approximately three miles south of Coalport and 15 miles north of Altoona.

On June 3, 2010 the Warmwater Unit and Habitat Management staff of the Pennsylvania fish and Boat Commission sampled four historically monitored sites to evaluate fish population density by size and species occurrence. One of the sites historically suffered from heavy shoreline erosion. This shoreline site was treated with shoreline stone-framed deflectors and rock rubble humps as habitat structures as well as shoreline stabilization within this site. The habitat structures were placed in the lake by PA Fish and Boat Commission staff in February of 2009. Fish were collected at the other three historic sites to serve as pre-treatment indices and/or to serve as control index sites.

Walleye
Figure 1. Walleye collected from Glendale Lake and released by Fisheries Biologist Aide Nate Rhine after measurement.

Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike and muskellunge were primary targets during 1.9 hours of sampling effort. At one site panfish species were also targeted to serve as a control to be used to evaluate changes in abundance and size structure of those species. At Glendale Lake panfish primarily include yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed and black crappie. We first focus upon largemouth bass density and size structure results. Largemouth bass size structure was good with some 203 bass sampled and 16 percent exceeding 12 inches. (Table 1).

Largemouth bass

Table 1. Length-frequency distribution of largemouth bass captured at Glendale Lake on June 3, 2010 using flatbottom boat Electrofishing.

Length (inches) Largemouth Bass
4 5
5 5
6 7
7 56
8 24
9 27
10 32
11 15
12 8
13 11
14 6
15 1
16 0
17 2
18 3
19 1
Total 203

The catch rate, number captured per hour of electrofishing from night electrofishing, was the second highest on record, and slightly above the 2009 catch rate, but below the 1995 catch rate (Fig. 2).

Figure 2. Catch rate of largemouth bass collected during night electrofishing at Glendale Lake from 1982 to 2010.

Figure 2

Other fish captured included several bowfin (Fig. 3), one measured 18 inches, one brown bullhead at 10 inches, and three rock bass at 6 inches. Several bowfin well in excess of 18 inches were also catptured. Other fish that were catured included golden shiners, spottail shiners, walleye and northern pike. One muskellunge was observed but not captured. Coolwater fish such as muskellunge, northern pike and walleye in this late spring sampling period do not occupy near shore zones in proportion to their abundance. These fish are typically index sampled earlier in spring. Overall, our sampling results, designed to address habitat change, demonstrate that summer-time anglers can expect good bass fishing and fun fishing for bluegill.

Bowfin
Figure 3. Bowfin collected at Glendale Lake and released by Fisheries Technician Christine Hobbs after measurement.

Table 2. Length-frequency distribution of panfish and other fish captured during night electrofishing at Glendale Lake on June 3, 2010.

Length (Inches) Yellow Perch Black Crappie Bluegill Pumpkinseed Chain Pickerel Smallmouth Bass
1 - - 5 - - -
2 - - 13 1 - -
3 3 - 17 3 - -
4 4 - 42 11 - -
5 17 - 69 20 - -
6 4 - 57 11 - -
7 1 4 22 1 2 -
8 2 2 1 - 3 1
9 3 - - - - -
10 0 - - - - 1
11 1 1 - - - -
12 - - - - - 2
13 - - - - - -
14 - - - - - -
15 - - - - - -
16 - - - - - -
17 - - - - - -
18 - - - - - -
19 - - - - - -
20 - - - - - -
21 - - - - - -
Total 35 7 226 47 5 4
 
— C. Hobbs, Warmwater Unit

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