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 and Summaries - 2013

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)

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

 

Lake Survey Summaries - 2012

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)

Dunns Lake (Meeker)

6/4/12

Black Crappie 17.7 7.2 10.1
Northern Pike 11.3 21.1 30.8
Yellow Perch 7.2 6.8 8.7
  Walleye 0.8 16.7 19.7
         

Richardson Lake (Meeker)

6/4/12

Black Crappie 19.5 7.4 9.7
  Northern Pike 3.8 24.7 32.8
Yellow Perch 14.7 6.9 9.1
Walleye 2.7 17.7 27.0
         

Jennie Lake (Meeker)

6/18/12

Bluegill 21.9 5.5 10.2
  Northern Pike 10.3 20.7 34.4
Walleye 7.9 20.2 24.8
Yellow Perch 16.4 6.1 9.7
         

Hanska Lake (Brown)

6/25/12

Black Crappie 24.2 6.5 11.4
  Bluegill 9.6 7.4 9.4
  Channel Catfish 18.0 20.8 26.1
  Walleye 17.0 14.0 15.9
  Yellow Perch 49.8  7.5 11.8
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Max length (in)

Otter (Campbell) Lake (McLeod)

6/25/12

Black Crappie 9.8 7.6 11.2
  Channel Catfish 7.4 14.3 27.2
  Northern Pike 5.9 21.9 31.8
  Walleye 14.3 16.1 22.6
  White Crappie 2.0 8.1 13.5
         

Collinwood Lake (Wright)

7/9/12

Black Crappie 5.7 5.6 6.5
  Bluegill 15.4 5.2 9.1
  Northern Pike 18.9 21.4 31.7
  Walleye  8.8 17.3 23.5
         

Swan Lake (McLeod)

7/16/12

Black Crappie 364.9 6.9 9.8
  Bluegill 6.4 6.2 7.7
  Channel Catfish 12.7 16.8 23.0
  Walleye 2.7 17.7 27.0
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Max length (in)

Union Lake (Wright)

7/16/12

Black Crappie  5.7 5.0 10.9
  Bluegill 57.4 5.7 8.0
  Northern Pike 10.0 22.4 32.5
         

Betty (Betsy) Lake (Meeker)

7/23/12

Bluegill 3.2 4.2 8.0
  Channel Catfish 12.8 19.3 24.1
  Northern Pike 3.3 21.5 36.1
         

Greenleaf Lake (Meeker)

7/23/12

Black Crappie 13.0 5.8 9.5
  Bluegill 11.4 5.5 9.8
  Northern Pike 11.5 22.1 33.2
  Walleye 6.7 19.0 24.0
         

Washington Lake (Meeker)

7/30/12

Black Crappie 2.0 7.6 14.7
  Bluegill 17.0 5.2 8.0
  Northern Pike 3.8 19.9 26.7
  Smallmouth Bass 1.3 12.2 17.1
   Walleye 9.5 12.3 23.1

 


 

Spring Bass Electrofishing Schedule - 2013

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)

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

 

 

Spring Bass Electrofishing Summary - 2012

Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average length

(in)

Largest

(in)

Long Lake (Meeker)

4/30/12

LMB 59 28.3 3.4

7.1

16.1

Union Lake (Wright)

5/8/12

LMB 18 18.0 14.0 11.3 18.6

Swan Lake (McLeod)

5/9/12

LMB 12 9.0 0 6.6 8.2

Washington Lake (Meeker)

5/7/2012

LMB 46 17.3 14.3 11.9 18.6
  SMB 25 9.4 7.9 10.1 17.1

Jennie Lake (Meeker)

5/15/12

LMB 45 27.0 1.8 6.2 17.3

 

Updated July 5, 2013