Crooked Lake

Location:

Coon Lake is located east of the city of Anoka within the cities of Andover and Coon Rapids.


Species Present:

Walleye: average abundance, average sized.
Northern Pike: low abundance, above average size.
Largemouth Bass: average abundance, average size, with some quality fish present.
Bluegill: above average abundance, small average size.
Crappie: average abundance, small average size.
Channel Catfish: above average abundance, average size, with some fish exceeding 25 inches present.
Bullhead species: low abundance, average size.
Yellow Perch: average abundance, small sized.


Boat Access:

There is a boat access maintained by the City of Andover located at the north end of the lake of Bunker Hills Blvd. This is a small facility, and may not be suitable for larger boats.


Shore Fishing:

There is a fishing pier in a Coon Rapids city park on the east side of the lake off Crooked Lake Blvd. N.W. There is also additional shoreline in this park suitable for shore fishing.


Special Regulation:

Fishing for largemouth bass is limited to catch and release only. All bass caught must be returned to the water immediately. The regulation is intended to increase the number of larger bass in the lake.


Management Plans:

  1. Re-survey in 2015. Population assessment in 2021.
  2. Operation of winter aeration system by the City of Coon Rapids as needed to prevent winterkill.
  3. Monitor winter oxygen levels as needed.
  4. Stock 172,000 walleye fry (2,000 per littoral acre) in odd numbered years.
  5. Stock 2,558 channel catfish yearlings (30 per littoral acre) in odd numbered years if available.
  6. Stock 688 pounds of yellow perch adults (8 pounds per littoral acre) annually if available.

Exotic Species Alert:

This lake contains Eurasian water milfoil. Remove any visible plant material from boat, trailer and boating equipment before leaving the lake.


Comments:

This is a smaller lake with generally poor water quality. An aeration system located in the Coon Rapids Park is operated as needed to prevent winterkill. Use caution when traveling on the ice in that area.

Largemouth bass and bluegill have provided the majority of angling opportunities on this lake in the past. Northern pike numbers fluctuate greatly and were in low abundance in our last assessment. Channel catfish stocked are doing well and provide additional angling opportunities. Walleye populations have become well established, as walleye were found in average numbers during the last assessment.


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