The objective of this project is to create additional aquatic habitat at Tioga Lake through artificial habitat structures. We will specifically use this funding to create additional Porcupine Crib structures to the planned Cooperative habitat improvement project. The structures will also allow us to have more habitat diversity for fish at the proposed placement site. These habitat structures will improve recruitment, species richness, and the efficiency of aquatic fish populations while providing improved fishing opportunities.
This project will add additional structures to a previously planned improvement project. Artificial habitat improvement structures will be constructed on land and then will be placed by 2 specialized habitat boats. These structures will mimic the natural habitat at the lake that has been degraded over the past decade. They will be constructed out of rough-cut hemlock, nails, and concrete block. Technical assistance and placement will be completed by the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). The Tioga County Bass Anglers is responsible for gathering volunteers and for picking up project materials. US. Army Corp of Engineers (USACOE) provide staff, an operator, and a machine for the project. The structures will be constructed by local volunteers, USACOE staff and PFBC staff. Similar projects have been completed across the state of Pennsylvania through the PFBC Cooperative Habitat Improvement Program (CHIP).