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Pine Run Reservoir

2002 Channel Catfish Survey

Pine Run Reservoir is a 39 acre lake owned by the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority. The reservoir is located approximately 2 miles west of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

View of Pine Run Reservoir from the dam breast
View of Pine Run Reservoir from the Dam Breast

In an attempt to provide enhanced recreational fishing opportunities at Pine Run Reservoir a total of 7,350 channel catfish fingerlings have been stocked into Pine Run Reservoir by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission since 1989. Four Pennsylvania style trap nets were fished from June 19 to June 20, 2002 for the purpose of evaluating the stockings. During the survey the reservoir was found to be very shallow. With the exception of the channel formed by Pine Run and the area within close proximity to the dam control tower, the water depth in Pine Run Reservoir was less than 4 feet deep.

Four channel catfish ranging in lengths between 6 and 13 inches long were collected during the survey for a catch per unit of effort (CPUE) of 0.05 fish/hr. The average CPUE of channel catfish collected at other impoundments surveyed in southeast Pennsylvania was 0.20 fish/hr. Although not significantly less than the southeast Pennsylvania average the CPUE of channel catfish collected from Pine Run Reservoir was four times less.

During the 2002 survey brown bullheads were captured at a rate of 0.34 fish/hr. This was similar to the southeast Pennsylvania average of 0.30 fish/hr. Brown bullhead ranged in lengths from 8 to 12 inches with the majority being 10 to 11 inches long. Black crappie were also collected during the survey at a rate of 7.84 fish/hr. This was over twice that of the southeast Pennsylvania average CPUE of 3.35 fish/hr. Black crappie at Pine Run Reservoir ranged from 4 inches to 12 inches TL with the vast majority being 4 to 5 inches long. Additionally, six largemouth bass ranging in lengths from 10 to 20 inches were collected in the trap nets. Since largemouth bass typically are not captured by trap nets this was an indication that a good largemouth bass population was possibly present in Pine Run Reservoir.

The stocking of 7,350 fingerling channel catfish into Pine Run Reservoir since 1989 has failed to produce a quality recreational channel catfish fishery. As a result, future plantings of fingerling channel catfish into Pine Run Reservoir should be discontinued. The existing brown bullhead population was sufficient to provide recreational angling opportunities for catfish.

The failure of the channel catfish fingerling stockings to provide a quality recreational fishery was most likely the result of a combination of poor channel catfish habitat and predation by an above average black crappie population as well as other piscivorine fish species including, but not limited to, largemouth bass and brown bullhead.

Additional fish species that were collected in Pine Run Reservoir included bluegill between two and six inches long with the majority being four to five inches long and white perch between five and twelve inches long with the majority being six inches long. Neither of these species overpopulated the lake. White suckers and common carp were also present in good numbers.

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