Lake survey information

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Throughout the current field season we will be posting preliminary results, or quick summaries of lake surveys we are conducting. Ice-out Assessments are performed with trap nets while standard Lake Surveys are with both gill and trap nets. Catches of species from standard lake surveys are shown for the indicator gear. For example: black crappie, northern pike, walleye, and yellow perch are best sampled with gill nets, while bluegill are best sampled with trap nets. 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.

 

Montrose Area Catch Rate Maps by County

 

Lakes and streams to be sampled in 2014

 

Lake Survey Summaries - 2014

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

Bertram Lake (Wright;

86-070); 5/28/14

BLC 1.9 8.5 12.4
  BLG 52.5 3.9 7.5
  NOP 3.5 20.2 25.2
         

Fish Lake (Wright;

86-183); 6/9/14

 BLC 1.6  8.3  9.6
BLG 19.8  6.6 8.7
 NOP 5.8 25.2 34.4
 WAE 0.5  21.2 26.7
  YEP 0.8  6.4 6.9
         

Lake Marie (Stearns;

73-014); 6/16/14

BLC  4.1 9.6 11.8
   BLG 15.1  6.7  9.1
 NOP 5.2  24.6 31.0
 WAE 2.2  21.4 28.5
 YEP 8.4  7.2 8.5
         

Lake Louisa (Stearns;

86-282); 6/16/14

 BLC  1.6  9.1 12.0
   BLG 14.7 6.8 9.1
 NOP 6.5  24.6 36.7
 WAE  1.5  22.6 30.0
   YEP  0.3  6.1 6.1
         

Waverly Lake (Wright;

86-114); 6/23/14

 BLC  2.9  8.4  10.0
   BLG  6.8  6.3 7.9
   NOP 7.0  26.3 36.1
   WAE 3.6 17.0 27.8
   YEP  13.3  6.1 7.9
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

Lake Caroline (Wright;

86-281); 6/30/14

 BLC 5.9  10.9  13.4
   BLG  6.6  6.3  8.7
   NOP 3.7 22.6 33.9
   WAE 4.5  17.1  28.4
         

Lake Augusta (Wright;

86-284); 6/30/14

BLC  3.6  9.4 10.5
   BLG  7.2  5.6 8.7
   NOP  5.7  23.2 33.1
   WAE 2.5 20.6  29.1
   YEP  0.2 5.7 5.7
         

Cedar Lake (Wright;

86-227); 7/7/14

 BLC  1.8 9.8 12.8
   BLG 35.5 5.7 9.0
   NOP 16.7  22.1 34.4
   WAE  5.7 19.1  28.0
   YEP  3.4  5.9 6.9
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

Two Rivers Lake (Stearns;

73-138); 7/14/14

 BLC 10.1  8.3 12.1
   BLG  3.4  7.4  8.5
   NOP  2.7  22.3 28.9
   WAE 4.5 16.4 28.4
   YEP  3.2  7.1 8.2
         

Little Waverly Lake (Wright;

86-106); 7/14/14

BLC 1.1  7.7 11.5
   BLG 1.2  6.8 8.4
   NOP 3.2  24.2 28.7
   WAE 1.5 17.2 22.1
   YEP 1.3 7.0 7.9
         

Clearwater Lake (Wright;

86-252); 7/21/14

 BLC* 0.1  7.5 11.1
   BLG 6.3 5.5 8.9
  NOP  15.0 21.9 34.6
   WAE 2.8  18.1 28.0
   YEP  0.4  4.9 5.6
         
*Clearwater BLC Assessment (5/5/14 -5/16/14) BLC 6.3 9.8 14.4
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

Grass Lake (Wright;

86-243); 8/4/14

 BLC 0.3 9.3  10.0
   BLG 13.8 5.1 8.4
   NOP 11.3 20.4 31.2
   WAE 0.3 23.4 23.4
         

Cokato Lake (Wright;

86-263); 8/4/14

 BLC  2.8 7.8  11.6
   BLG  0.5 6.0 6.4
   CCF 3.6 23.1  32.9
   NOP 7.1 23.9 31.9
   WAE 4.0  15.2 26.0
         

Howard Lake (Wright;

86-199); 8/11/14

BLC  2.4 10.3 13.3
   BLG 13.3  4.7 7.2
   NOP  5.8  24.9 36.7
   WAE  4.3  20.7 26.0
  YEP 4.7 6.1 8.3
         

Granite Lake (Wright;

86-217); 8/18/14

 BLC 2.4  7.2  11.2
   BLG  20.9  5.3  7.9
   NOP  8.7 25.2 35.0
   WAE  7.8 19.0 28.0
   YEP  1.3 6.2 6.4
         

Pearl Lake (Stearns;

73-037); 8/26/14

       
         
         
         
         

 

Largemouth bass electrofishing summaries - 2014

Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Clearwater Lake* (Wright/Stearns)

5/13/14

LMB 149 44.9 44.0 12.9 20.4

Howard Lake* (Wright)

5/15/14

LMB 46 32.7 32.7 15.0 19.8

Cedar Lake* (Wright)

5/20/14

LMB 127 132.2 127.0 13.4 19.3
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Granite Lake (Wright)

5/20/14

LMB 55 46.0 43.5 13.9 19.5

Little Waverly Lake (Wright)

5/20/14

LMB 96 81.2 81.2 15.0 19.5

Lake Caroline (Wright)

5/21/14

LMB 39 38.8 38.8 14.5 18.7

Waverly Lake* (Wright)

5/21/14

LMB  61 56.6 55.7 13.4 19.1
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Lake Augusta (Wright)

5/22/14

LMB  28 24.8 24.8 14.6 18.5

Two Rivers Lake* (Stearns)

5/22/14

LMB  23 16.8 16.8 16.3 20.5
  SMB 55 40.2 40.2 14.7 19.6

Louisa-Marie Lake (Wright/Stearns)

5/23/14

LMB 122 84.4 84.4 13.9 19.7
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Grass Lake (Wright)

5/29/14

LMB 11 16.4 16.4 13.6 18.4

Cokato Lake* (Wright)

5/29/14

SMB

23 15.6 15.6 15.0 19.41

Fish Lake (Wright)

5/30/14

LMB  23 23.0  20.0 13.0 17.4

 * - lakes were sampled at night

 

Lake Survey Summaries - 2013

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

Vails (Mud) Lake (Stearns)

6/10/13

Black crappie 15.0  8.2 11.9
  Bluegill 43.1 6.3 8.9
  Channel catfish 3.3 21.4 24.2
  Northern pike 6.8 22.1 30.3
  Walleye 2.2 18.2 23.0
  Yellow perch 16.2 7.0 9.3
         

Eden Lake (Stearns)

6/17/13

Black crappie 3.9  8.4 11.4
  Bluegill 36.8 6.4 8.5
  Channel catfish 0.2 22.9 22.9
  Northern pike 8.8 23.2 34.4
  Walleye 5.0 15.5 25.7
  Yellow perch 31.0 7.0 8.6
       

North Brown's Lake (Stearns)

6/25/13

Black crappie 2.6 8.3  11.9
  Bluegill 14.1  6.3 8.9
  Channel catfish 28.2  19.2 27.3
  Northern pike  16.7  23.2 34.5
  Walleye 0.8 20.6 23.8
  Yellow perch 16.5 7.2 9.4
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

Deer Lake (Wright)

7/1/13

Black crappie 4.2 7.4 10.4
   Bluegill  5.3  6.8 8.4
  Channel catfish 2.3 22.6 26.9
  Northern pike 7.8 22.9 35.4
  Walleye 1.5 20.6 23.5
  Yellow perch 3.5 7.2 8.7
         

Long Lake (Stearns; 73-139)

7/8/13

Black crappie 0.8 8.1 10.9
   Bluegill 3.0  6.8 9.0
  Channel catfish 58.2 18.8 27.9
  Northern pike 6.3 23.2 31.8
  Walleye 1.3 19.9 26.5
  Yellow perch 2.3 7.1 9.8
         

Becker Lake (Stearns)

7/15/13

Black crappie  0.9  7.6 10.8
  Bluegill 9.0 5.4 9.2
  Channel catfish 4.0 18.6 19.9
  Northern pike 15.0 19.6 28.5
  Walleye 1.0 20.0 26.2
  Yellow perch 2.0 5.5 5.7
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

French Lake (Wright)

7/15/13

Black crappie 2.2 7.4 11.0
  Bluegill 28.9 6.0 8.5
  Northern pike 3.2 24.5 32.7
  Walleye 2.8 20.2 27.5
  Yellow perch 3.3 6.0 6.6
         

Buffalo Lake (Wright)

7/22/13

Black crappie  5.0

7.6

 11.0
  Bluegill 4.6 6.6 8.4
  Channel catfish 9.7 20.0 30.3
  Northern pike 4.7 24.6 40.0
  Walleye 5.6 20.1 27.1
  Yellow perch 9.8 6.5 8.3
         

Zumwalde Lake (Stearns)

7/29/13

Black crappie  23.3  8.0  10.7
  Bluegill 15.8 6.2 8.8
  Channel catfish 23.5 17.3 24.7
  Northern pike

3.0

27.3 34.3
  Walleye 3.0 16.0 21.1
  Yellow perch 2.0 7.5 7.8
         

Great Northern Lake (Stearns)

7/31/13

Black crappie  21.0  8.4 11.9
  Bluegill 9.8 5.9 8.5
  Channel catfish 49.0 17.7 24.7
  Northern pike 1.0 20.3 21.3
  Walleye 0.5 18.5 18.5
   Yellow perch  2.0  8.2 8.8
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

Schneider Lake (Stearns)

8/5/13

Black crappie  3.4  8.7 13.0
  Bluegill 26.8 4.4 8.6
  Channel catfish 8.5 17.7 22.6
  Northern pike 4.0 21.9 26.4
  Walleye 1.0 19.8 24.5
  Yellow perch 3.0 6.2 7.6
         

Krays Lake (Stearns)

8/7/13

Black crappie  15.2  8.4  11.7
   Bluegill  4.4  5.9  9.4
  Channel catfish 19.5 16.5 20.9
  Northern Pike 2.5 21.2 22.7
  Walleye 1.0 17.0 18.0
  Yellow perch 2.0 6.5 9.3
         

Bolfing Lake (Stearns)

8/12/13

Black crappie  24.0  8.9 12.4
   Bluegill  3.0  6.7 8.5
  Channel catfish 37.0 17.8 25.8
  Northern pike 2.5 23.6 28.3
  Walleye 5.0 17.0 24.8
  Yellow perch 2.0 7.2 8.6
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

Knaus Lake (Stearns)

8/14/13

Black crappie 15.3  8.5 11.5
   Bluegill  3.8  6.9  8.9
  Channel catfish 21.5 18.1 25.4
  Northern pike 2.5 22.0 35.6
  Walleye 3.0 17.6 25.6
         

Mink Lake (Wright; 86-088)

8/19/13

Black bullhead 7.0 9.9 11.3
   Black crappie 1.3  6.3 8.2
  Bluegill 42.8 4.9 8.1
  Northern pike 11.0 22.7 28.4
  Yellow bullhead 5.5 10.6 12.6
         

Goose Lake (Wright)

8/19/13

Black bullhead 60.0  9.9 13.2
  Black crappie  7.8  7.3 9.8
  Bluegill 2.8 6.4 7.8
  Northern pike 4.5 24.3 29.6
  Walleye 0.3 25.3 25.3
  Yellow perch 0.5 5.9 5.9

 

Largemouth bass electrofishing summaries - 2013

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are best sampled during the spring by electrofishing. With electrofishing, electricity is run through the water using an electrofishing boat to temporarily stun fish so they can be netted. Fish are then weighed, measured and released. The average catch rate of largemouth bass > 8" sampled in Montrose area lakes is 38/hour during the day and 58/hour at night.  All lakes were sampled during the day unless marked with an *. 

Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Long Lake

(Stearns; 73-139)

5-23-2013

LMB 25 24.9 23.9

14.8

18.4

North Brown's Lake

(Stearns; 73-147)

5-23-2013

LMB 33 33.0 31.0 14.8 19.3

Mud (Vail's) Lake

(Stearns; 73-151)

5-24-2013

LMB 45 47.0 44.9 11.5 17.8
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Eden Lake

(Stearns; 73-150)

5/24/2013

LMB 71 74.3 67.0 10.4 18.2

Sauk River Chain of Lakes: (Stearns; Bolfing,

Great Northern, Knaus, Krays, Zumwalde)

5/29/2013

LMB 23 12.3 11.2 13.3 19.5
  SMB 6 3.2 3.2 13.3 16.2

Becker Lake

(Stearns; 73-156)

5/30/2013

LMB 8 11.2 8.4 11.7 16.0

Schneider Lake

(Stearns; 73-082)

5/30/2013

LMB 17 18.6 15.3 13.6 18.6
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Buffalo Lake

(Wright; 86-090)

6/03/13

LMB 68 44.0 42.0 11.5 21.1
  SMB 19 12.3 9.1 11.2 15.5

Deer Lake

(Wright; 86-107)

 6/05/13

LMB 23 23.0 23.0  13.1 20.2

Goose Lake

(Wright; 86-108)

6/05/13

LMB  11 14.3 14.3 11.9 16.5

 

Ice-Out Survey May 2 - 7, 2013 

Lake (County) Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

Buffalo Lake (Wright)

Black crappie 139.5    
  Bluegill 41.6    
  Largemouth Bass 1.4 13.2 20.0
  Northern Pike 2.3 23.6 36.7
  Walleye 2.1 20.4 27.2
  Yellow Perch 5.3    

 

Updated August 22, 2014