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Recent Lake Survey Summaries

Here are preliminary summaries of recent sampling not yet posted on LakeFinder, or survey types not found there. Different gear target fish species and sizes quite differently.  For example, northern pike and walleye are better caught by gill nets, while bluegill are better caught with trap nets. Values of black crappie might be from either net type. Spring ("ice-out") sampling is done to target northern pike, walleye, and/or muskellunge. Our net-based surveys under-sample largemouth bass; electrofishing better evaluates bass abundances and size structures, but requires extra sampling with different equipment.

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Preliminary Survey Results 2017

Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. length (in) Max. length (in)
Ann
(Carver)
Northern
Pike
12.7 23.2 34.4
6/5/17 Black Crappie 0.3 8.5 9.4
Bluegill 44 5.7 8.2
Yellow Perch 12.3 6.1 7.8
Snelling
(Hennepin)
Northern
Pike
8.5 23.2 33.3
6/6/17 Black Crappie 1.4 7.8 8.5
Bluegill 25 5.0 8.3
Parkers
(Hennepin)
Northern
Pike
23.8 22.4 34.2
6/12/17 Black Crappie 0.6 8.4 9.3
Bluegill 30 5.6 7.8
Yellow Bullead 10 10.1 12.8
Auburn
(Carver)
Northern
Pike
9.3 23.3 32.1
6/20/17 Black Crappie 7.7 7.2 9.2
Bluegill 50 6.0 8.6
Bavaria
(Carver)
Northern
Pike
4.3 26.7 36.3
7/10/17 Black Crappie 8.5 6.4 9.2
Bluegill 62 6.1 8.1
Yellow Bullead 15 10.9 14.2
Medicine
(Hennepin)
Northern
Pike
12 24.0 37.8
7/5/17 Walleye 3.9 12.6 26.6
Bluegill 4.6 5.3 9.2
Black Crappie 5.9 7.0 8.8
Yellow Perch 12 6.8 9.0
Sarah
(Hennepin)
Northern
Pike
10 24.5 37.2
7/17/17 Walleye 2.4 19.7 23.8
Bluegill 39 5.2 9.1
Black Crappie 11 7.0 10.2
Yellow Bullhead 43 11.5 15.4
Hydes
(Carver)
Northern
Pike
14 21.8 27.0
7/24/17 Black Crappie 4.7 8.4 11.8
Bluegill 12 6.3 9.1
Yellow Bullead 9.2 11.9 14.0
Bryant
(Hennepin)
Northern
Pike
5.3 24.1 34.1
7/17/17 Walleye 2.5 17.0 21.7
Bluegill 24 4.8 7.6
Black Crappie 18 6.1 11.4
O'Dowd
(Scott)
Northern
Pike
5.0 25.3 33.6
7/31/17 Walleye 5.0 18.9 28.2
Bluegill 26 5.4 7.4
Black Crappie 6.7 7.4 10.6
Black Bullhead 36 9.8 13.3
Cleary
(Scott)
Largemouth
Bass
8.5 10.9 14.8
8/8/17 Black Crappie 4.0 6.8 8.3
Bluegill 30 5.4 8.5
Black Bullead 100 7.2 9.2

Updated August 16, 2017

Bass Electrofishing 2017

A portion of our surveyed lakes were sampled by electrofishing--  running electricity through the water with a specialized boat at night-- to target largemouth bass; preliminary summary results in table below.

Lake (County) / Date Species Number per hour Average length (in) / % over 15 inches Max length (in)
Ann (Carver)
  5/10/17
LMB 31 14.8   /   62% 22.1
Bavaria (Carver)
  5/12/17
LMB 72 13.1   /   43% 20.4
Bryant (Hennepin)
  5/18/17
LMB 48 10.6   /   14% 19.5
Hydes (Carver)
  5/19/17
LMB 49 11.0   /   17% 19.1
Parkers (Hennepin)
  5/11/17
LMB 52 14.7   /   57% 19.0
Sarah (Hennepin)
  5/22/17
LMB 52 11.6   /  18% 19.7

 

Spring Sampling 2017

Soon after ice-out, we sampled Lake Ann to check sizes of northern pike and largemouth bass-- species affected by the Special Regulation.  Results are from 43 net lifts at 10 locations.

Lake
(County)
Date
Fish Species Number Average Length (in) Length Range (in)
Ann Northern Pike 213 22.8 8.5 - 34.3
(Carver) Largemouth Bass 2 20.7 20.5 - 20.9
3 / 20-24 / 17

Notes on northern pike sizes-- none over 36 inches, three fish over 32 inches, seven fish over 30 inches, majority 20-25 inches.

 

2016 Other Surveys / Fish Sampling

2015 Other Surveys / Fish Sampling

2014 Other Surveys / Fish Sampling

2013 Other Surveys / Fish Sampling

2012 Other Surveys / Fish Sampling

2011 Other Surveys / Fish Sampling

2010 (only Cedar Lake [Scott Co.] Special Assessment)

2009 Other Surveys / Fish Sampling

2008 Other Surveys / Fish Sampling

2007 Other Surveys / Fish Sampling

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