| Lake Chillisquaque is a 165-acre impoundment on the Middle Branch Chillisquaque Creek located 11 miles
north of Danville, Montour County. The lake is contained within the Montour Preserve, which is owned by
Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL). The reservoir serves as a source of cooling water for the PPL
Montour Steam Electric Station and is open to public angling and boating. In addition to containing Lake
Chillisquaque, a state-of-the-art environmental education center is also located at Montour Preserve.
PPL maintains one boat launch and boating is restricted to non-powered boats and those propelled by
electric motors only.
Lake Chillisquaque is one of 18 lakes throughout the state that are currently managed with Panfish Enhancement Special Regulations. These regulations are intended to increase the number, quality, and size of panfish through the use of minimum length limits on sunfish species (bluegills and pumpkinseeds) and crappies (black and white). Under these regulations, minimum length limits of 7 inches were established for sunfish and 9 inches for crappies. The combined creel limit is 20 for each species with the total number creeled not to exceed 50 panfish combined. Commonwealth Inland Waters Regulations for seasons, sizes, and creel limits are currently in effect for all other species and all fish populations are maintained through natural reproduction. The panfish catches will be used to assess the effect of the Panfish Enhancement Special Regulations and the final evaluation will be made after another trap net survey in 2007.
Fisheries Management crews from Areas 3 and 4 conducted a joint survey of Lake Chillisquaque using 40 trap net sets during the week of May 9 – 13, 2005. In addition, Area 3 personnel conducted a night electrofishing survey on the evening of May 9, 2005. See Tables 1 and 2 below for a summary of the number and size of fish captured.
Table 1. Length-frequency distribution of fish collected in 40 trapnet sets in Lake Chillisquaque during the week of May 9 – 13, 2005.
Also captured were 290 golden shiners, 21 pumpkinseeds, 16 white suckers, 8 quillback carpsuckers, 5 largemouth bass, 4 rock bass, 4 spottail shiners, 3 bluntnose minnows, 3 common carp, 2 fathead minnows, and 1 green sunfish.
Table 2. Length-frequency distribution of largemouth bass and walleye captured during night electrofishing on the evening of May 9, 2005.
|-- Josh McCormick, Fisheries Biologist Aide and Jason Detar, Fisheries Technician, Area 3|
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