Lake Survey Information

Electrofishing at night
Electrofishing at night

Gill netting
Setting a gill net

   

 

Throughout the current field season we will be posting preliminary results, or quick summaries of lake surveys we are conducting. Summaries from the previous year will remain until published on LakeFinder. Standard Lake Surveys are completed using both gill and trap nets. Catches of species from standard lake surveys are shown for the indicator gear. For example: northern pike, walleye, and yellow perch are best sampled with gill nets, while bluegill are best sampled with trap nets. Black and white crappie are generally best sampled with gill nets but in some lakes are better sampled with trap nets. Largemouth and smallmouth bass tend to be difficult to catch with nets, so we conduct spring night-time electrofishing to sample them. Please feel free to contact our office with any specific questions you may have. We will be glad to help you. E-mail Lake Survey Specialist.

 

Lake Survey Summary - 2016

Note: Data is preliminary and subject to change before being published on LakeFinder.

 

Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)
Belle (Mcleod) 6/6/2016 Black Crappie 19.25 4.71 14.41
  Bluegill 8.25 5.15 8.46
  Northern Pike 5.17 24.39 32.44
  Walleye 3.25 14.33 25.31
  Yellow Perch 24.17 6.04 9.49
Clear Lake (Brown) 6/13/2016 Black Crappie 122.11 7.0 11.42
   Bluegill 2.67 7.54 8.50
  Walleye 3.0 9.96 18.31
  Yellow Perch 15.0 6.03 6.73
Sleepy Eye (Brown) 6/20/2016 Black Crappie 12.5 6.12 9.17
  Bluegill 46.78 6.20 8.62
  Northern Pike 9.0 23.27 35.94
  Walleye 3.21 18.81 21.73
  Yellow Perch 14.33 6.52 8.98
Jennie (Meeker) 6/27/2016 Black Crappie 4.67 5.04 10.39
  Bluegill 14.00 4.57 10.98
  Northern Pike 21.33 21.33 31.50
  Walleye 2.67 22.39 25.55
  Yellow Perch 5.0 6.23 9.45
Collinwood (Wright) 7/11/2016 Black Crappie .56 9.18 10.75
  Bluegill 1.44 7.24 9.25
  Northern Pike 4.11 21.10 30.79
  Walleye 13.75 14.95 25.98
  Yellow Perch 1.33 8.45 9.76
Willie (Meeker) 7/11/2016 Black Crappie 10.22 8.29 12.05
  Bluegill 4.56 4.87 9.49
  Northern Pike 8.17 18.98 25.20
  Walleye 2.17 18.25 21.65
  Yellow Perch 1.17 7.19 8.03

 

Spring Bass Electrofishing Summary 

Largemouth Bass (LMB) are best sampled during the spring by night-time electrofishing. With electrofishing, electricity is run through the water using an electrofishing boat to temporarily immobilize fish so they can be netted. Fish are then weighed, measured and released. 

 

Lake (County) and date Species

Number/hr

 

Average length

(in)

Largest

(in)

Big Swan (Meeker) 6/20/16 LMB 8.17    
Francis (Meeker) 5/12/15 LMB 30.5 12.3 16.6
Marion (Mcleod) 5/19/15 LMB 13.4 15.9 20.5
Wolf (Meeker) 5/20/15 LMB 3.4 5 5.3
Ripley (Meeker) 5/21/15 LMB 16.8 14.1 19.7
Erie (Meeker) 5/27/15 LMB 63.3 12.6 19.1

 

 

Updated July 18, 2016