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Canadohta Lake 2006

Crawford County

Canadohta Lake is a 170 acre natural lake (depth is augmented by a concrete dam at the outflow) located in Bloomfield Township, Crawford County. Boat access is by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission launch on the western shore with boats restricted to 10 HP maximum. Public shoreline access is somewhat limited due to the number of private residences and cottages that line much of the lake. Canadohta Lake is stocked annually with muskellunge and walleye fingerlings. The lake is sometimes used by our State Fish Hatcheries as a broodstock source for producing muskellunge fingerlings, which are stocked in Canadohta Lake and in waters across Pennsylvania.

Staff from the Area 2 Fisheries Management Office in Tionesta set trapnets in Canadohta Lake during the week of April 24, 2006 to sample the musky, pike, walleye and panfish in the lake. Results are presented in Tables 1 and 2. We returned to the lake on the evening of May 24, 2006 to sample the largemouth bass population by night electrofishing. See Table 3 for results.

Table 1. Length frequency of gamefish and others captured by trapnets in Canadohta Lake during the week of April 24, 2006.

Table 1

Fisheries Biologists Aide Matt Wachob and Fisheries Technician Freeman Johns with nice Canadohta walleyes

Table 2. Length frequency of panfish and others captured by trapnets in Canadohta Lake during the week of April 24, 2006.

Table 2

Walleye and muskellunge fingerling stocking programs at Canadohta Lake are providing good fisheries for both species. Muskellunge abundance had been down somewhat recently but more consistent stockings are rebuilding the population. The walleye population looks to be holding steady with plenty of legal fish available. Northern pike are the result of natural reproduction and occur at a low density.

Freeman Johns prepares to release 48 inch musky back into Canadohta Lake

Our survey results indicate that panfish have declined a little from the previous survey in 1998. While acceptable numbers were captured, there doesn’t appear to be many quality size panfish available. Several truckloads of panfish were placed in Canadohta Lake during the draining and fish salvage at Tamarack Lake in 1999 but this appears to have had no lasting effect on panfish densities at Canadohta.

Historically, our surveys have shown largemouth bass density is low in Canadohta Lake but that appears to be changing. The night electrofishing catch of 34 largemouth bass and 5 smallmouth bass is below the state average but is a large improvement over previous surveys with fish up to 17.5 inches. Smaller sublegal walleye that avoided our trapnets were well represented in our electrofishing catch.

Table 3. Length frequency of bass captured by night electrofishing in Canadohta Lake on the evening of May 24, 2006.

Table 3

Largemouth bass
Fisheries Technician Tim Wilson with a couple of Canadohta largemouth bass

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