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Lackawanna Lake Panfish

Lackawanna County
Spring 2007

Lackawanna Lake is a 198 acre impoundment located in Lackawanna State Park. The park is about seven miles north of Scranton. It is stocked with trout, is under Big Bass Regulations, and has a reputation for producing nice panfish.

Area 4 biologists sampled Lackawanna Lake in 2006. At that time, the lake supported an excellent population of bluegills and a nice population of black crappies. The crappie population, however, was dominated by fish in the 5 to 7 inch range.

We sampled Lackawanna Lake again in the spring of 2007 to determine if the small crappies we found in 2006 had been harvested, as some anglers claimed, or if they had survived and grown to larger sizes. Survival of the small crappies turned out to be excellent. This year class now measures between 7 and 9 inches, and it is providing some very good fishing. Additionally, there is another large year class behind these fish that should provide more good fishing in the coming years.

Figure 1. Length-frequency distribution of black crappies caught at Lackawanna Lake in May 2006 and 2007.

Figure 1

Bluegills were abundant during both surveys and lots of nice size individuals were present.

Figure 2. Length-frequency distribution of bluegills caught at Lackawanna Lake in May 2006 and 2007.

Figure 2

The complete list of fish caught during the survey is in Table 1. Some of the highlights are pictured below.

Black crappie
Fisheries Biologist Aaron Frey with a typical Lackawanna Lake black crappie

Channel catfish
Fisheries Biologist Aide Scott Koser with a 28 inch channel catfish

Yellow perch
Environmental Interpretive Technician Amber Martin with a 14 inch yellow perch

Typical Lackawanna Lake bluegill

Table 1. Fish caught during the 2007 Lackawanna Lake panfish survey.

Table 1

-- Rob Wnuk, Area 4 Fisheries Manager

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