Groups partner to improve fish habitat at Tioga Lake

Three entities — two public and one private — partnered to improve the fish habitat at Tioga Lake.

The Tioga County Bass Anglers, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed and placed more than 50 wooden structures in the lake on Aug. 2.

Don Kelly, a TCBA member, said the group applied for and received a $1,000 grant from the National Fish Habitat Partnership and Friends of Reservoirs.

The club purchased lumber for the fish structures: vertical plank structures and porcupine cribs.

“All our reservoirs were built in the 1970s,” said Kelly. “Back then, they cleared everything. It was devoid of habitat. Fish need places to live and hide. These take the place of natural structures that would have been there.”

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