|Briar Creek Lake is a public impoundment located just outside of Berwick in Columbia County. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Columbia County own the lake and surrounding shoreline. Biologists from the Area 4 fisheries management office conducted a routine fisheries survey of Briar Creek Lake in the spring of 2010. Trap netting during the week of April 12 found both black and white crappies were present with good numbers of large crappies available. The biggest crappie we caught was 14 inches long and weighed 1.6 pounds (Table 1). Stocked trout were abundant in our nets and were distributed throughout the lake. Brown bullheads, white suckers, yellow perch, and bluegills were also abundant. The bullheads and suckers reached good sizes but most of the perch and bluegills were small.
Night electrofishing on the evening of May 6 showed that Briar Creek Lake continues to support an excellent population of largemouth bass. Catch per Unit Effort (CPUE) values for largemouth bass were as follows:
CPUE values for 12+ and 15+ inch largemouths were very high. The biggest largemouth we caught was 20.5 inches long and weighed 6.2 pounds.
Table 1. Number and size of fish caught during the 2010 Briar Creek Lake survey.
|— Rob Wnuk, Area 4 Fisheries Manager|
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