Outdoors Notebook: Tamarack Lake closed to fishing, costly repair of dams expected
August 5, 2012 4:00 AM
Tanner Dillon of Bentleyville caught this 31-incher in the Monongahela River near Brownsville July 5.
By John Hayes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tamarack Lake, a 562-acre Crawford County impoundment known for its musky and bass fishing, has been closed to angling indefinitely by the state Fish and Boat Commission. No boating or fishing will be permitted during lengthy repairs to both of the lake's dams.
Tamarack was drained in 1999 to accommodate structural repairs to the earthen dams. In November, 2011, a slow drawdown of 5 feet was initiated while engineers examined renewed seepage. Next week an additional 5 feet will be drained from the lake, which is normally as deep as 15 feet. Fish will be trapped and transferred, but agency officials said many were expected to die. Fish and Boat expects repairs to take three to four years.
Tamarack was part of the Brood Stock Lakes Program and managed under special Big Bass Regulations. It joins 16 Fish and Boat-managed impoundments that have been closed indefinitely for dam repairs requiring an estimated $46.5 million.
Dutch Fork update
To help foot the bill for a $4.5 million construction project to rebuild the storm-damaged dam at Dutch Fork Lake in Washington County, Fish and Boat will sell natural gas extracted from beneath the property. Under the agency's Natural Gas and Water Access Program, all money derived from the Dutch Fork contract and other natural gas agreements are to be used to repair or rebuild unsafe dams managed by PFBC.
Executive director John Arway said in a statement he hopes the public understands, "the decision-making that took place before we entered into the agreement."
"It's equally important for the public to know that the Fish and Boat Commission is dedicated to maintaining the ecological and recreational integrity of the lake and the surrounding lands under our stewardship," he said.
To that end, the public is invited to a meeting about the Dutch Fork Lake project 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Claysville Community Center, 212 Main St., Claysville.
Plenty of doe licenses available in all Wildlife Management Units with the following exceptions, as of Aug. 2: 1B 1,023 remaining, 2E 4,065, 2F 2,786, 2G 4,258, 4A 5,798, 4B 3,579, 4D 6,478.
Fish for lunch? Venture Outdoors' TriAnglers fishing outings will continue through Aug. 29. Certified instructor Karen Gainey and company meet at North Shore Riverfront Park near the Clemente Bridge, Downtown, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $5 includes rod, tackle and bait. Pennsylvania fishing license requirements apply.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Susquehanna River Waterfowlers' Association will host a public briefing Friday on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl and related issues. The meeting starts 1 p.m. at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitor's Center, Hopeland Road near Kleinfeltersville on the Lebanon-Lancaster county line. Seasons and bag limits are expected to be announced in mid-August.
What a whopper
Tanner Dillon of Bentleyville (see photo) landed this 31-incher on the Monongahela River near Brownsville July 5.
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