|Indian Creek Reservoir, formerly known as Mill Run Reservoir, is a 26 acre water supply reservoir owned by the Municipal Water Authority of Westmoreland County. The Authority accommodates public fishing from shore, boating is not permitted. The reservoir is located along Route 381 between Normalville and Mill Run in northeastern Fayette County. Constructed in 1905, it then had an average depth of 14 ft, but due to the age of the reservoir and a history of acidified mine drainage and accompanying siltation in the watershed, depths today are considerably less throughout much of the lake. The shoreline has good fishing access. Ice fishing is permitted at Indian Creek Reservoir.
Biologists from the Area 8 Fisheries Management Office in Somerset surveyed Indian Creek Reservoir in April 2010. The primary purpose of our 2010 survey was to measure the size structure and quality of the lake’s resident gamefish and panfish populations. The majority of the fish we collected during trap net surveys were white suckers and golden redhorse suckers; most of these fish were of quality size (larger than 12 inches). Table 1 below summarizes the catch data from our 2010 trap net survey.
The panfish population at Indian Creek Reservoir was poor with low numbers of fish overall. However, a few quality size (9 inches or greater) black crappie and yellow perch are available to anglers. Nonetheless, species such as white suckers are thriving in the absence strong panfish populations. The lake also has a good population of brown bullheads. The majority of brown bullheads captured were 10 inches in length or larger.
During nighttime electrofishing surveys we encountered very few largemouth bass. However, of the few encountered some good sized fish were available. Table 2 summarizes catch data from our 2010 survey.
As we expected with respect to panfish populations, sediment associated with acidified mine drainage likely also limits the largemouth bass population.
Despite limited panfish and gamefish populations, Indian Creek Reservoir sustains good fishing opportunities for adults and children seeking large fish like carp and suckers. Management decisions on ways to improve the fishery in this reservoir will be addressed this fall, after complete data analysis.
|— Joseph Cocco and Mike Depew, Fisheries Management Area 8|
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