Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Coon

Nearest Town: Soderville
Primary County: Anoka
Survey Date: 06/17/2013
Inventory Number: 02004200
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Earthen
County Concrete
County Concrete
County Concrete


Fishing Regulations:

Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1481.24
Littoral Area (acres): 1098.2
Maximum Depth (ft): 27
Water Clarity (ft): 7.5 (4.5-9)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): N/A


Did you know? Minnesota has 11,482 lakes 10 acres or larger, of which 5,483 are fishing lakes. Excluding Lake Superior, the state has 3.8 million acres of fishing water. Minnesota's portion of Lake Superior is 1.4 million acres.

Fish Sampled for the 2013 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.17 1.0 - 38.0 1.03 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Gill net 7.67 1.0 - 10.5 0.11 0.2 - 0.3
Bluegill Gill net 16.33 N/A 0.11 N/A
Golden Shiner Gill net 0.67 0.3 - 4.8 0.09 0.1 - 0.1
Green Sunfish Gill net 0.17 N/A 0.06 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Gill net 3.67 N/A 0.12 N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 0.9 0.40 0.6 - 1.5
Northern Pike Gill net 14.50 3.6 - 11.0 2.80 1.3 - 2.3
Pumpkinseed Gill net 4.67 N/A 0.06 N/A
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 0.17 N/A 2.65 N/A
Walleye Gill net 0.50 1.0 - 3.2 2.22 1.0 - 2.1
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 4.50 0.6 - 7.0 0.43 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Gill net 2.33 3.8 - 22.8 0.07 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2013 Survey Year

Species Number of fish caught in each category (inches)
0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30+ Total
black bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 27 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 46
bluegill 72 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 98
golden shiner 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
green sunfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
largemouth bass 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
northern pike 0 0 0 1 21 39 22 4 87
pumpkinseed 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28
smallmouth bass 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3
yellow bullhead 2 10 14 1 0 0 0 0 27
yellow perch 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 14


For the record, the largest Chinook Salmon (King) taken in Minnesota weighed 33 lbs., 4 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Poplar River, Cook County
    When: 9/23/89
    Statistics: 44.75" length, 25.75" girth

    and by

    Where: 10/12/89
    When:
    Statistics: Lake Superior, St. Louis County

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fingerlings 6,494 557.0
2012 Walleye adults 10 33.0
  Walleye yearlings 2,930 490.6
2011 Walleye adults 4 10.0
  Walleye fingerlings 9,767 469.0
  Walleye yearlings 423 141.0
2010 Walleye yearlings 284 231.0
  Walleye fingerlings 1,388 318.0
2009 Walleye adults 10 20.0
  Walleye yearlings 2,750 550.0
2008 Walleye adults 168 336.0
  Walleye fingerlings 1,083 66.0
  Walleye yearlings 282 148.0

Stocking Notes
1 - indicates fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.
2 - indicates fish purchased by the DNR for stocking.

Stocking Fish Sizes
Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.
Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.
Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.
Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.

Fish Consumption Guidelines

These fish consumption guidelines help people make choices about which fish to eat and how often. Following the guidelin es enables people to reduce their exposure to contaminants while still enjoying the many benefits from fish.

Pregnant Women, Women who may become pregnant and Children under age 15

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
COON
Anoka Co., 02004200
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
COON
Anoka Co., 02004200
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Bullhead All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

DOWID - MN DNR, Division of Waters' lake ID number.

Contaminants listed were measured at levels that trigger advice to limit consumption.

Listing of consumption guidelines do not imply the fish are legal to keep, MN DNR fishing regulations should be consulted.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 06/17/2013)

Coon Lake has a typical Northern Pike-Bluegill-Largemouth Bass fish community. Past attempts to introduce Walleyes (WAE) into the system through fry stocking have yielded poor results and were discontinued. Walleye yearlings, adults and larger fingerlings have been stocked in recent years in a renewed attempt to establish a fishable WAE population. Averaging 18.40 inches in length and 2.2 pounds, only three WAE were captured during this assessment. Similar to years past, Northern Pike (NOP; 14.5/gill net) were the dominant predator in Coon Lake. Sampled NOP ranged from 14.4 inches to 33.7 inches in length with the average size of fish captured being 22.8 inches and 2.8 pounds. Over 24 percent of NOP captured measured 26 inches in length or longer. Catch rates for Yellow Perch (YEP) have remained low and in 2013 the average size of YEP sampled was only 6.0 inches and 0.07 pounds. The Black Crappie (BLC) population showed signs of increase in abundance. The average size of BLC sampled was 6.1 inches in length and 0.11 pounds.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1200 Warner Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
Phone: (651) 259-5831
Internet: East Metro Fisheries
E-Mail: MetroEast.Fisheries@state.mn.us

Lake maps can be obtained from:

Minnesota Bookstore
660 Olive Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757
To order, use B0004 for the map-id.


For general DNR Information, contact:

DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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