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Lackawanna Lake
Panfish Survey

Lackawanna County
Week of April 21, 2008

Area 4 biologists completed the field work portion of a three-year study on Lackawanna Lake crappies during the week of April 21, 2008. This state park lake located about seven miles north of Scranton continued to support excellent numbers of crappie and bluegill. As was the case in 2007, 7 to 9 inch fish dominated the crappie population (Figure 1) and 6 to 8 inch fish dominated the bluegill population in 2008 (Figure 2). The complete list of fish caught during the survey is in Table 1. Included in the catch were two 28 inch chain pickerel that probably weighed about eight pounds each. The current state record chain pickerel weighed 8 pounds, 14.8 ounces and was caught at Long Pond, Wayne County, in 2002.

Fishing activity for crappies and bluegills was picking up during the week we worked, and plenty of stocked rainbow and brook trout remained in the lake. Anglers concentrating on deeper water were catching limits of trout using a variety of natural and artificial baits. Shore bound anglers at Lackawanna Lake can find deeper water near the dam breast, Kennedy Creek Point, the Route 407 bridge, and the “neck” near the Bullhead Bay boat launch. The next trout stocking at Lackawanna Lake is planned for May 10.

Table 1. Fish species captured at Lackawanna Lake in 2008.

Species Number Caught Length Range (Inches)
Black Crappie 598   2 – 11
Bluegill 721   3 -   8
Pumpkinseed 155   4 -   8
Yellow Perch   45   2 – 12
Chain Pickerel   22 13 – 28
Brown Bullhead   28   9 – 15
Yellow Bullhead   32   7 – 13
White Sucker 176   8 – 21
Golden Shiner 270   3 – 10
River Chub     1    4
Hatchery Brook Trout     2 Not Measured
Hatchery Rainbow Trout     2 Not Measured

Figure 1. Percent frequency distribution of black crappie caught at Lackawanna Lake in 2008, 2007, and 2006.

Figure 1

Figure 2. Percent frequency distribution of bluegill caught at Lackawanna Lake in 2008, 2007, and 2006.

Figure 2

Fisheries Biologist Aaron Frey with a 28 inch Lackawanna Lake chain pickerel

-- Rob Wnuk, Area 4 Fisheries Manager

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