Fish Catch Rate (Abundance) Maps

 

We put together the maps below to show our catch rates-- one measure of fish abundances-- of some popular sportfish species in local lakes.

 

These maps were made for lakes having public access and a recently conducted (since 2006) DNR Fisheries survey. When using these maps, anglers should be aware 1) lakes not mapped might currently have fishable populations of a species, but survey data is outdated and 2) high catch rates can reflect less-desirable size structures (high proportions of small fish).

 

For more detailed information on a particular lake's fish populations, we recommend checking LakeFinder or Recent Local Fish Surveys sections of the MN DNR web site. Fish populations in Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) lakes and ponds are not included on these maps, but detailed information for such waters in Hennepin, Carver, and Scott Counties can be found by clicking on the appropriate county link.

 

Bluegill values are from trap net sampling results, while crappie, walleye, and northern pike values are from gill net sampling results.  Catch rates are expressed as the number of fish per net.

Largemouth bass are best sampled by boat electrofishing. We have not been able to do this sampling as frequently and intensively as net sampling, so lack data to provide useful catch maps for this widespread species.

 

West Metro Fisheries Area Catch Rate Maps By Species-County Combination

Species Hennepin County Carver County Scott County
Walleye Hennepin Walleye Map Carver Walleye Map Scott Walleye Map
Northern pike Hennepin Northern Pike Map Carver Northern Pike Map Scott Northern Pike Map
Black Crappie Hennepin Black Crappie Map Carver Black Crappie Map Scott Black Crappie Map
Bluegill Hennepin Bluegill Map Carver Bluegill Map Scott Bluegill Map

Updated April 8, 2011