Pictures of Electrofishing in Shamokin Creek- 10/4/2000

Several citizens have reported seeing fish in Shamokin Creek near Sunbury in recent years.


On October 4, 2000, the US Geological Survey conducted electrofishing in Carbon Run and at two Shamokin Creek locations. Several species were found below the USGS gaging station near Shamokin and near the Rt. 61 bridge in Sunbury.


The pH of the Sunbury site was only 4.2 in October 2000, much lower than the October 1999 sampling round, and fewer species and many fewer fish were found in October 2000 sampling. Shamokin Creek often experiences frequent fluctuations in stream water quality, which probably results in fluctuating fish populations.


 
USGS personnel and Carl Kirby electrofishing at the gaging station near Shamokin.
 
Sorting fish before counting and weighing.
 
Catfish collected at the gaging station near Shamokin.
 
White suckers collected at the gaging station near Shamokin.
 
A larger white sucker collected at the gaging station near Shamokin.
 
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