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 - 2015

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

Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)
Winsted (Mcleod) 6/29/15 Black Crappie 60.3 6.6 11.1
  Bluegill 0.2 8.2 8.3
  Channel Catfish 1.3 20.6 25.3
  Northern Pike 7.1 20.5 29.2
  Walleye 4.3 16.9 22
  Yellow Perch 2.4 7.2 9.5
Francis (Meeker) 7/6/15 Black Crappie 1.7 7.5 9.7
   Bluegill 11.4 5.2 7.8
  Northern Pike 15.2 16.2 32.5
  Walleye 0.6 19 20.5
Wolf (Meeker) 7/13/15 Bluegill 2.3 3.6 4.3
  Northern Pike 35.5 20.3 32.9
  Yellow Perch 49 5.6 7.3
Ripley (Meeker) 7/13/15 Black Crappie 2.7 10.3 13
  Bluegill 9.1 5.6 8.7
  Channel Catfish 0.1 28.9 28.9
  Nortern Pike 5.1 20 28.8
  Walleye 4.2 13.4 27.2
  Yellow Perch 33.4 6.7 9.8
Allie (Renville) 7/20/15 Black Crappie 1.2 6.8 7.2
  Bluegill 2 5.6 9.3
  Channel Catfish 1.2 16.6 26.6
  Northern Pike 1.7 21.2 29.8
  Walleye 24.3 13.7 23.3
  Yellow Perch 4.8 8.7 10.1
Preston (Renville) 7/27/15 Black Crappie 0.1 6.5 6.5
  Bluegill 3.9 4.4 5.1
  Channel Catfish 0.1 9.1 9.1
  Northern Pike 3.1 17.3 29.8
  Walleye 13.7 15.3 20.1
  Yellow Perch 1.8 7 9.1
Marion (Mcleod) 8/10/15 Black Crappie 10 8.8 11
  Bluegill 3.7 6.4 8.2
  Channel Catfish 0.4 19.4 32.7
  Northern Pike 0.1 26 26
  Walleye 6.1 17.6 24
  Yellow Perch 26.7 7 8.3
Hook (Mcleod) 8/24/15 Black Crappie 12.8 5.8 11.1
  Bluegill 5.3 3 7.2
  Northern Pike 15.8 20.6 29.8
  Walleye 0.5 11.1 11.1
  Yellow Perch 14.8 8.6 9.7

 

Spring Bass Electrofishing Summary - 2015

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)

Winsted (Mcleod) 5/4/15 LMB 10.5 13.7 17.4
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 September 11, 2015