2008 Other Fish Assessments

Note: These summaries are survey work not shown in LakeFinder.

Specialized Muskellunge Sampling 2008

To evaluate populations and stocking success, we netted or electrofished lakes managed for muskellunge (muskie) in early spring.

Lake (County) Date Species Number Caught Estimate of Total Population Average length (in) Max length (in)
Eagle (Hennepin)
4/22-5/2/08
Muskellunge
Nor. Pike
Walleye
58
34*
71*
160
Not Available
Not Available
41.2
23.2
21.5
49.8
31.9
27.0

* Northern pike and walleye counted only during the first week of survey

Largemouth Bass Electrofishing 2008

Largemouth bass are best sampled in spring and early summer using electrofishing-- running electricity through the water with a specialized boat, typically at night. Fish are temporarily stunned and brought into the boat for counting and measuring, then returned live to the water.

Lake [Section] (County) Date Species Number per hour Average length (in) Max length (in)
Upper Prior (Scott)
5/13/08
LMB 16 11.7 15.9
Minnetonka [Lower Lake]
(Hennepin) 5/15/08
LMB 86 14.0 19.6
Minnetonka [Upper Lake]
(Hennepin) 5/22/08
LMB 60 12.5 19.0
Minnetonka [North&West Bays]
(Hennepin) 5/15/08
LMB 72 13.0 19.2
Minnewashta (Carver)
5/22/08
LMB 54 12.1 19.2

 

Note: The summary below is from a special summertime netting survey not shown in LakeFinder.

Lake
(County)
Date
Fish Species No. per net Average Length (in) Max. Length (in)
Medicine
(Hennepin)
Northern
Pike
10.8 24.7 33.7
7/14/08 Walleye 3.9 19.0 26.5
Black
Crappie
2.9 6.8 8.9
Yellow
Perch
8.1 6.0 7.2