|Cowanesque Lake is a 1,090 acre flood control impoundment located in Tioga County. The United States Army Corps of Engineers owns the lake and permits public fishing and boating. Unlimited horsepower boating is allowed but be sure to observe the “no wake” areas.
Cowanesque Lake has a reputation for producing tiger muskies and crappies, and these species were present in very good numbers during a biological survey that the Area 4 fisheries management office conducted during the week of June 1, 2010. Trap nets caught 4 tiger muskies ranging from 31 to 35 inches long and 953 black crappies ranging from 2 to 14 inches long (Table 1). There was a large number of crappie in the 6 inch range, indicating that crappie reproduction in 2008 was excellent. Based on this strong year class, fishing for 10+ inch crappies should be very good in another year or two when these fish grow into the size range that anglers prefer.
Two nights of electrofishing produced 36 largemouth bass and 24 smallmouth bass. Mean Catch per Unit Effort (CPUE) values for black bass were as follows:
Total bass density was lower than average for the region but was in the range of previous surveys. Although total bass density was low, the number of larger bass available to anglers was good.
Table 1. Number and size of fish caught during the 2010 survey of Cowanesque Lake.
|— Rob Wnuk, Area 4 Fisheries Manager|
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