Laregmouth bass have been found in Racoon Creek State Park's 'upper lake.'
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Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists have been looking at some local streams to assess their fish populations.
On Buffalo Creek in Armstrong and Butler counties, they found a fair number of trout holding over as of early June, including “a ton” in the delayed harvest section, according to Fish and Boat Commission biologist Mike Depew. There were also a decent number of smallmouth bass and freshwater drum.
Pine Creek in Allegheny County also had some trout at that time, though it's “probably getting a little warm” for any to be holding on now, Depew said. There were smallmouth bass and rock bass to be caught, though, in the creek's deeper holes.
Biologists also have been trying to survey Laurel Hill Creek in Somerset County, but high water resulting from this summer's rains have hampered those efforts.
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Mention fishing at Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County, and most people probably think of its 101-acre lake or perhaps Traverse Creek.
The former is home to largemouth bass, bluegills and crappies, not to mention the occasional walleye. Both get stocked with trout.
The park's “upper lake” or “upper pond” is comparatively as anonymous as its nondescript name would suggest. That's not to say it's not worth fishing, though.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists from the Area 8 office in Somerset earlier this summer surveyed the pond for the first time since 2002. They found largemouth bass, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, crappies and carp — “all of your typical small-pond species,” biologist Mike Depew said.
The panfish were abundant but small. One-third of the 110 bluegills handled, for example, were less than 6 inches long, Depew said.
The bass are another story.
Biologists collected 34 in less than 30 minutes. That extrapolates out to 75 bass per hour, about double the benchmark for a good bass lake, Depew said.
Of the 34, 20 were longer than 12 inches and seven were longer than 15.
“We had one of 21 inches that we landed. And we saw another, bigger one that we missed. I guess it would have gone 22 or 23 inches,” Depew said.
“So there were some nice bass in there. For someone looking for a small-pond experience, it's pretty good.”
Park manager Al Wasilewski could not be reached for comment. But fishing at the pond is catch-and-release only, according to state park rules.
The pond — 8 acres now, though perhaps half of it is very shallow and being reclaimed by nature as a wetlands, Depew said — is accessible by walking a gated road near the intersection of Cabin and Nichol Road.
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