Ocheyedan Pit #1
2 miles south of Ocheydan
Electric Motors Only
Amenities at Ocheyedan Pit #1 include:
- Picnic Area
- Good/Excellent Shorefishing
- Carry Down Boat Launch
Spring 2008 D.C.Electrofishing Assessment - An electrofishing assessment was conducted in June to assess the panfish population of Ocheyedan Pit #1 with emphasis on bluegill and largemouth bass. A largemouth bass catch rate of .9 fish per minute suggests good numbers of this species in Ocheyedan Pit #1. An electrofishing catch rate of 1 largemouth bass per minute > 8.0 inches would typically predict 20-largemouth bass /acre, the desired value for a healthily population. Stock (8.0 – 11.9 inches) and quality (12.0 – 14.9 inches) size fish comprised the sample at 14 (objective 8 – 12 fish per acre) and 4 (objective 4 – 6 fish per acre) fish per acre respectively, suggesting good numbers of these size groups in Ocheyedan Pit #1.
Length frequency analysis indicates age II – IV largemouth bass present in various densities. Young of the year largemouth bass were stocked in the fall of 2007 and 2008 to supplement natural reproduction; however, the contribution to \year class formation of these stocking is unknown. RSD values indicate a fish population dominated by small fish. Stock (8.0 – 11.9 inches) size fish comprised 75% of the catch with quality (12.0 – 14.9 inches) size comprising the remaining 25% of the largemouth bass catch. Proportional stock density, a measure of the largemouth bass size structure is 25%, below the 40 – 60% target range; however, it is currently believed that the largemouth bass population is currently rebuilding in Ocheyedan Pit #1.
Bluegills were also sampled during the 2008 spring electrofishing assessment. A PSD value of 20 is within the target range of 20 – 40, optimal for lakes and ponds where fishing for both bass and bluegill is important. Stock (3.0 – 5.9 inches) size fish comprised the remaining 80% of the catch suggesting excellent recruitment of the bluegill population of Ocheyedan Pit #1.
Black crappie and yellow perch were detected in low numbers during the 2008 D.C. electrofishing assessment suggesting limited numbers of these species in Ocheyedan Pit #1.
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