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 2013

 

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)

CPUE/hr

(all)

CPUE/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)

CPUE/hr

(all)

CPUE/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)

CPUE/hr

(all)

CPUE/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    

  

Lake Survey Summaries - 2012

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

Sand (Hoedel) Lake* (Stearns)

6/4/12

Black Bullhead 20.0 7.3 8.4
 Black Crappie 318.0 7.4 11.0
 Bluegill 17.6 5.6 7.7
Carp  2.4  14.7 17.3
         

Ida Lake (Wright)

6/11/12

Black Crappie 0.8 6.6 9.3
   Bluegill 44.0 6.3 8.8
 Northern Pike  18.3 18.7 37.8
Yellow Bullhead 6.0 10.6 13.3
       

Long Lake (Stearns; 73-231)

6/18/12

Black Crappie 0.5 6.9 9.2
  Bluegill  32.4 5.6 8.6
Northern Pike 7.0 23.0 30.6
Walleye 0.8 13.0 16.3
  Yellow Perch 23.0  6.6 9.5
         

Silver Lake (Wright)

6/25/12

Black Crappie  1.3 8.3 10.2
  Bluegill  20.6  6.5 8.7
  Northern Pike  3.5  25.4 34.8
  Walleye 2.0  15.0 19.8
  Yellow Perch  10.5  7.2 8.5
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

Ochotto Lake (Stearns)

7/9/12

Black Crappie  1.5 8.9 11.7
  Bluegill 10.8 6.1 8.0
  Hybrid Sunfish 5.5 7.6 9.0
  Northern Pike  18.5 19.6 27.3
  Yellow Bullhead 9.3 10.1 13.9
         

Warner Lake (Stearns)

7/9/12

Black Crappie 0.5 6.8 9.8
  Bluegill  3.0 6.5 7.8
  Channel Catfish 1.5 27.2 30.3
  Northern Pike  5.5 19.4 29.9
         

Sugar Lake (Wright)

7/16/12

Black Crappie 3.0 8.2 13.1
  Bluegill  22.0 5.5 8.1
  Northern Pike  13.0 19.8 32.1
  Walleye 4.8 18.4 30.1
  Yellow Perch 0.2 6.0 6.4
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

Little Elk Lake (Sherburne)

7/23/12

Black Crappie  207.0 6.3 9.8
  Bluegill 42.4  5.3  7.5
  Northern Pike 6.4 24.6 32.6
  Walleye 2.0 18.9 24.0
  Yellow Perch  2.0 5.7 6.6
         

Granite Lake** (Wright)

7/30/12

Black Crappie 8.8 9.3 14.3
  Bluegill 28.8 5.6 10.9
  Northern Pike 11.8 20.4 39.8
  Walleye 7.8 16.5 26.0
  Yellow Perch 6.8 6.4 8.5
         

Big Lake (Stearns)

8/6/12

Black Crappie 7.5

 7.5

11.0
  Bluegill  13.7  5.0 8.6
  Northern Pike 7.0 21.8  32.8
  Walleye 6.2  16.5  26.6
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Average length (in) Largest (in)

Eagle Lake (Sherburne)

8/13/12

Black Crappie 46.0 7.7 9.9
  Bluegill  12.7  5.0 7.4
  Northern Pike  8.3  16.6 32.4
  Walleye  3.6  17.1 24.5
         

Sandy Lake (Sherburne)

8/21/2012

Black Crappie 2.0 5.9 8.0
  Bluegill  3.0  5.2 7.6
  Northern Pike  9.7  18.4 25.0
  Yellow Bullhead  8.3  10.8 13.8
         

Camp Lake (Wright)

8/27/2012

Black Crappie 4.3 6.3  9.0
  Bluegill  37.9 5.1 8.2
  Northern Pike 8.0  23.9 30.8
  Yellow Perch 27.3 8.0 10.4

* - sampled using  trap nets.

** - sampled using gill nets.

 

Largemouth bass electrofishing summaries - 2012

 

Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

CPUE/hr

(all)

CPUE/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Silver Lake (Wright)

5-1-2012

LMB 41 37.6 31.2

10.9

17.8

Eagle Lake (Sherburne)

5-2-2012

LMB 62 53.4 43.9 11.7 19.5

Little Elk Lake (Sherburne)

5-3-2012

LMB 55 37.1 30.4 12.7 19.2
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

CPUE/hr

(all)

CPUE/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Warner Lake (Stearns)

5/7/2012

LMB 14 16.4 16.4 12.5 18.5

Lake Ida (Wright)

5/9/2012

LMB 67 52.5 50.1 11.9 17.6

Big Lake (Stearns)

5/10/2012

LMB  85 90.5 79.8 11.4 17.0

Camp Lake (Wright)

5/11/2012

LMB 122 144.5 125.6 12.7 19.2
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

CPUE/hr

(all)

CPUE/hr

(LMB> 8")

Average TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Long Lake (Stearns)

(73-0231)

5/14/2012

LMB  14 14.0 9.0 11.3 21.1

Sand (Hoedel) Lake (Stearns)

5/15/2015

LMB  3 6.2 6.2 15.9 16.9

Sandy Lake (Sherburne)

5/16/2012

LMB  27 34.2 32.9 13.6 19.8

 

Updated August 26, 2013