The Fish

A great fighting Crappie that was caught at the lake

In the Eastern Deciduous forests of North America, our incredibly diverse forests are complimented by naturally occurring populations of Bluegill, (Lepomis macrochirus) a prey fish, are associated with the predator, Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) in still water.  In larger impoundments such as Treasure Lake, crappie (Pomoxis sp.) also form viable components of the naturally occurring food chain.  They serve as a middle trophic level between the bass and bluegill, showing features of both predator and prey.

top-largemouth bass, middle- bluegill, and bottom- channel catfish

As the modern trend continues for fisherman to be interested in catching catfish, we do stock channel catfish in the hope they would find abundant food in the lake yet not upset the balance of the natural ecosystem (2500 lb. in 2014).  Catfish such as the commonly stocked channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) that we choose, are actually river fish and do not normally reproduce in small impoundments.  However with the largest pay lake in the state, we do hope they reproduce naturally. Additionally we have stocked sterile carp to help feed on aquatic vegetation and fill yet another ecological niche.  It is believed that other fish have escaped from the minnow or cyprinaide family from people using them as a bait fish and after not using all the fish they purchased, they simply dumped them into the lake.  You can see the chad circling in the summer which is apart of their spawning process.

The fishing has steadily improved over the years as the fish populations have rebounded to fill this huge lake naturally.  Bluegill are easily caught on worms while spinners will land crappies and bass from time to time.  Fishing is of course best accomplished when the fish are the most active which is dusk and dawn.  We aid this from having an aerator and adding fish attractors to concentrate the fish.  This lake at one time supported many large and beautiful fish which you can see below here.  There are definitely some big fish in there now and we hope you can land some good ones like these.  

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  1. hi fisherman my name is randy I have fished this lake for 40 years the bluegills are average size.crappies are of all sizes 9 too 16 and lots of them ive seen bass that would go 20+ while on the nest these were left alone. so you never know what you might find at the end of your line.so good fishing and ill see ya there. please help keep the lake clean and don’t throw unused minnows in lake best of fishing and be safe randy j.

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