Red House Lake (2005)
Fisheries Survey Summary
The fish populations in Red House Lake were sampled by DEC fisheries staff in June, 2005 utilizing the region's electrofishing boat. The lake is heavily fished and in 1997, the lake was estimated to support over 9,300 angler trips. Red House Lake, located in Allegany State Park, is 110 acres in size and considered to be very low in overall productivity. Angler access to the lake is excellent, with the entire shoreline easily accessible, a small trailer boat launch and small boat rentals available. No gas or electric motors are allowed on the lake.
Fish sampling in 2005 found moderate populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed and brown bullhead. Growth rates on all these species was slow. Few quality size bluegill or pumpkinseed were captured, however several quality and trophy size largemouth bass were captured.
The lake is stocked in the spring with yearling brown trout and rainbow trout and again in the fall with yearling brown trout and surplus breeder brown, brook and rainbow trout. In the 2005 sampling, a few newly stocked trout were encountered. Water quality sampling indicated that by August there is no water in the lake that was both sufficiently cold and oxygenated enough to support trout survival. Spring and fall stocking is required to provide a trout fishery in this lake, while the summer fishery is provided by warmwater fish species.