Lake Survey Information

Electrofishing
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. Ice-out Assessments are performed with trap nets while 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 Schedule - 2014

Note: This is a tentatively planned schedule subject to change without notice due to staffing and work load issues. Some scheduled lakes may be postponed or cancelled if significant winterkills are reported after ice-out trap net assessments.

Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Max length (in)

Minnie-Belle (Meeker)

6/2/14

       

Erie (Meeker)

6/16/14

       

Jennie (Meeker)

6/23/14

       

Collinwood (Wright)

7/14/14

       

Long (Meeker, near Grove City)

7/21/14

       

Washington (Meeker)

7/28/14

       

Stella (Meeker)

8/11/14

       

Manuella (Meeker)

8/18/14

       

 

Lake Survey Summary - 2013

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

Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Max length (in)

Little Swan Lake (Meeker)

6/3/13

Black Crappie 6.5 8.5 13.0
   Bluegill  46.3 5.6 7.3
  Northern Pike 7.2 24.7 34.1

Belle Lake (Meeker)

6/10/13

Walleye 5.6 18.5 26.1
  Northern Pike 7.2 24.4 33.8
  Black Crappie 30.4 6.7 11.2

Star Lake (Meeker)

6/17/13

Walleye 1.3 19.4 24.0
  Northern Pike 5.7 25.3 36.1
  Black Crappie 4.3 8.0 11.0
   Bluegill 9.9 6.3 9.7

Spring (Meeker)

6/17/12

 Northern Pike 29.0 21.7  31.4
  Bluegill 33.3 5.1 7.5
  Black Crappie 2.4 6.9 11.8
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Max length (in)

Long Lake

(Meeker, near Dassel)

6/24/13

Northern Pike 14.7 22.2 33.5
  Bluegill 31.9 6.5 8.6
  Yellow Perch 6.0 7.4 8.6

Stahls Lake (McLeod)

7/1/13

 Walleye  1.5 19.0 22.7
  Northern Pike 12.7 21.5 29.1

Clear Lake

(Meeker, near Watkins)

7/8/13

 Black Crappie 45.9 7.6 10.8
  Bluegill 54.3 7.1 8.7
  Walleye 5.3 11.2 26.2
  Northern Pike 2.6 24.1 32.1
  Yellow Perch 55.7 6.7 8.9
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Max length (in)

Willie Lake (Meeker)

7/8/13

Black Crappie 5.3 5.8 9.9
  Bluegill 3.3 4.3 6.9
  Walleye 0.5 15.0 17.5

Thompson Lake (Meeker)

7/22/13

Black Bullhead 381.5 6.9  13.1
  Yellow Perch 110.0 7.0 9.4

Big Swan Lake (Meeker)

7/29/13

Black Crappie  6.8 7.5 11.7
  Channel Catfish 12.0 20.1 28.4
  Northern Pike 9.4 21.8 31.4
  Walleye 3.8 16.8 26.1
  Smallmouth Bass 0.8 14.1 16.1

 


 

Spring Bass Electrofishing Schedule and Summary - 2014

Largemouth and smallmouth bass 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.

 

Note: This is a tentatively planned schedule subject to change without notice due to staffing and work load issues. Some scheduled lakes may be postponed or cancelled if significant winterkills are reported after ice-out trap net assessments.

Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average length

(in)

Largest

(in)

Long (Meeker, near Grove City)

5/20/14

LMB 0 0 0 - -

Erie (Meeker)

5/22/14

LMB 73 30.2 29.0 14.2 19.3

Jennie (Meeker)

5/29/14

LMB 41 24.6 22.2 14.6 19.1

Washington (Meeker)

6/7/13

LMB 27 11.6 11.6 15.3 19.1
  SMB 4 1.7 1.7 13.9 16.6

Stella (Meeker)

6/10/13

LMB 5 3.8 3.8 - -
  SMB 2 1.5 1.5 - -

 

 

Spring Bass Electrofishing Summary - 2013

Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average length

(in)

Largest

(in)

Little Swan (Meeker)

5/15/13

LMB 60 72.0 63.9 13.2 21.3

Long (Meeker, near Dassel)

5/28/13

LMB 123 49.5 34.7 9.4 18.4

Belle Lake (Meeker)

6/2/13

LMB 12 7.2 7.2 13.0 16.5

Willie (Meeker)

6/7/13

LMB 29 19.3 16.7 12.5 18.0

Spring (Meeker)

6/10/13

LMB 31 31.0 30.0 13.2 19.6

Clear (Meeker, near Watkins)

6/12/13

LMB 30 20.0 17.3 9.3 17.4

 

 

Updated June 20, 2014