Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Golden

Nearest Town: Circle Pines
Primary County: Anoka
Survey Date: 06/17/2013
Inventory Number: 02004500
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 58.09
Littoral Area (acres): 51.3
Maximum Depth (ft): 25
Water Clarity (ft): 6

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 3.6 (2.5-4)


Did you know? There are 15,000 miles of fishable streams in Minnesota, including 2,600 miles of trout streams.

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 Trap net 0.25 1.5 - 58.0 0.93 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 1.00 7.7 - 104.7 0.84 0.2 - 0.5
Black Crappie Trap net 1.12 2.1 - 24.1 0.26 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 4.00 1.7 - 17.5 0.20 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 180.38 3.5 - 57.1 0.16 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 11.50 N/A 0.18 N/A
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.25 0.3 - 1.6 0.07 0.1 - 0.1
Gill net 0.50 0.6 - 2.8 0.06 0.1 - 0.2
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.50 0.3 - 2.8 0.19 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.50 N/A 0.26 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.50 0.2 - 0.8 0.28 0.3 - 1.5
Gill net 0.50 0.3 - 0.6 0.21 0.5 - 1.5
Northern Pike Gill net 3.00 2.0 - 10.8 5.89 1.7 - 3.1
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.12 0.7 - 6.5 0.18 0.1 - 0.2
White Sucker Gill net 0.50 0.5 - 2.3 1.48 1.6 - 2.5
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 3 1 0 0 0 0 4
black crappie 4 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 17
bluegill 553 909 0 0 0 0 0 0 1466
golden shiner 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
green sunfish 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
hybrid sunfish 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
largemouth bass 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 6
pumpkinseed 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
white sucker 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1


For the record, the largest Tullibee taken in Minnesota weighed 5 lbs., 11.8 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Little Long Lake, St. Louis County
    When: 4/16/02
    Statistics: 20.45" length, 16.4" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 102,000 1.0
2012 Walleye fry 102,000 1.0
2011 Walleye fry 102,000 0.9
2009 Channel Catfish yearlings 1,538 125.0
  Walleye fry 110,000 1.2
2008 Channel Catfish yearlings 1,532 153.0
2007 Channel Catfish yearlings 3,004 197.6
  Walleye fry 102,000 0.9
2006 Channel Catfish yearlings 2,062 106.0
2005 Channel Catfish yearlings 1,529 86.4
  Walleye fry 102,000 0.9
2004 Channel Catfish yearlings 1,522 106.0

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
GOLDEN
Anoka Co., 02004500
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
GOLDEN
Anoka Co., 02004500
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Bullhead All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury

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)

Golden Lake is a 57 acre lake in Anoka County. Maximum depth is 25 feet. The lake earns its Golden name since the lakes water is bog stained. There is a fishing pier and a small boat launch in the city park. An electric motor only boating regulation is in place on this lake.

Bluegills were the most abundant species found in the lake but only averaged slightly more than 6.15 inches. Black Crappies are found in moderate numbers and are of moderate size. Only one Black Crappie over 10 inches was sampled in this survey and it was 10.35 inches long. Largemouth Bass were sampled in average numbers for lakes like Golden but were of small size. Northern Pike were also sampled in modest numbers but the fish found were good sized. No Walleye were observed in this survey even though fry have been stocked every other year since 2001. Of the east metro lakes stocked with Channel Catfish, Golden has been one of the more successful and historically had one of the highest net catches for Channel Catfish, however none were detected in 2013. Channel Catfish yearlings were last stocked 2009.


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 C1046 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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