Diascund Reservoir - News & Reports

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries staff sampled Diascund Reservoir on April 2, 2007. The electrofishing survey was one of the most successful trips ever recorded on Diascund Reservoir. The period of warm weather towards the end of March managed to stimulate many of the fish species into a pre-spawn pattern. The shoreline areas that were sampled contained a great abundance of fish. The survey revealed the presence of 18 species of fish with bluegills, largemouth bass, yellow perch and redear sunfish being the most abundant. The collection of 173 largemouth bass for a catch rate of 86.5 bass/hr was well above the 2006 rate of 56 bass/hr. The survey also revealed an increased abundance of chain pickerel, bowfins and black crappies when compared to the 2006 survey.

The 2007 trap net survey conducted on March 28th-29th revealed limited numbers of fish when compared to the 2006 trap net survey. The high water temperatures near the 70 degree mark limited the success of the trap nets. The catch rate of black crappies was only 3.9 crappies per net night. This rate is rather poor when compared to the 2006 rate of 11.4 crappies per net night. The majority of the crappies collected during the 2007 survey were in the 8 to 10 inch range.

Anglers reported 19 citations from Diascund Reservoir during 2007. The citations consisted of black crappie (9), yellow perch (5), largemouth bass (3), chain pickerel (1) and longnose gar (1).

Past news of interest

Diascund Reservoir produced a total of 16 reported fish citations during 2006. The six citation species were: black crappie (5), channel catfish (3), longnose gar (4), largemouth bass (2), blue catfish (1) and bowfin (1).

Diascund Reservoir produced a total of 22 reported fish citations during 2005. The six citation species were: largemouth bass (7), black crappie (7), chain pickerel (3), longnose gar (3), bowfin (1) and yellow perch (1).

Department fisheries biologists have conducted electrofishing surveys of the reservoir the last two years to evaluate the fishery. Spring electrofishing surveys will continue on an annual basis. The 2006 sample collected 15 fish species with largemouth bass, bluegills and redear sunfish being the most abundant. A total of 112 largemouth bass were collected for a catch rate of 56 bass/hr. Numerous year classes of largemouth bass were represented. The sample collected a high abundance of 2 to 4 pound bass. The largest bass measured 21 inches with an estimated weight of 6 pounds. Trap net sampling in the spring of 2006 was conducted to evaluate the black crappie and yellow perch populations. A total of 228 black crappies were collected with the majority of the crappies in the 8 to 11 inch range. The largest black crappie measured 13 inches and weighed 1.35 pounds. The trap net survey was very productive in collecting bluegills. A total of 3,020 bluegills were collected. The majority of the bluegills were in the 3 to 5 inch range with a decent number of bluegills in the 6 to 7.5 inch range.