The chart below was created by Caitlan last year as part of her lake management study of Goodyear Lake. Not a bad fishery at all!
The following is the preliminary report from Caitlan on the Goodyear Lake fish survey recently completed:
Attached are the pictures from the fish survey done on September 24th on Goodyear. The crew onboard is a combination of SUNY Oneonta & Cobleskill faculty and students, with use of the SUNY Cobleskill electrofishing boat. We fished at 6 different sites, from the Stumplot to Silliman Cove on both sides of the Lake. Some of fish in the pictures include Largemouth Bass, Common Carp and Yellow Bullhead. Other species caught that night include: Smallmouth Bass, White Sucker, Chain Pickerel, Emerald Shiner, Redhorse, Spottail Shiner, Black Crappie, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Yellow Perch, Golden Shiner, Walleye, Rock Bass, Red Breast Sunfish, Brown Bullhead and Tesselated Darter. The lengths of all fish caught were taken and scales (for aging purposes) from the gamefish were collected as well.
I am still in the process of analyzing all of the data, but when complete we should know the relative abundance of species in the Lake, their size range, the number of fish by species at specific lengths, some of their ages and their growth rate.
Truly, no fish were injured during this study, they were all released happily back to the Lake!
Let me know if you have any questions as this point.
The following document is the first in a series of reports by Caitlan Stroonsnyder, the SUNY Biological Field Station graduate student, who is working on our Lake Management Plan. It is a compilation of both recent and historical data that she has gathered. Since much of it is technical in nature, we will be asking her to define some of the terms used, and to draw some preliminary conclusions from the data to date. This will happen at a later date, but we felt that it was important for all to see the work done so far. Some of you may have even seen Caitlan out on our lake this winter drilling test holes in the ice! See the picture below. Dedication!!
Lake Management Report for May & June 2013 from Caitlan Stroonsnyder
Caitlan (June 2013) I have been on the Lake about every other week collecting water quality data and samples. Additionally, over Memorial Day weekend (when there were large amounts of rainfall), I installed composite samplers in three of the largest creeks that feed the Susquehanna between Otsego Lake and Goodyear. Those pictures are attached. I was able to collect 24 samples from each creek over a 48 hour period and am in the process of analyzing them for nutrients and sediment.