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Name: Golden

Nearest Town: Circle Pines
Primary County: Anoka
Survey Date: 06/18/2007
Inventory Number: 02004500
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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: Muck and Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 14 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 3.6 (2.5-4)


Did you know? Much of Minnesota's fisheries program is reimbursed by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program (federal excise tax), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish Sampled for the 2007 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 1.50 1.5 - 58.0 0.65 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 3.33 7.7 - 104.7 0.53 0.2 - 0.5
Black Crappie Trap net 14.62 2.1 - 24.1 0.16 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 31.00 1.7 - 17.5 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 79.25 3.5 - 57.1 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 23.33 N/A 0.16 N/A
Channel Catfish Gill net 2.00 N/A 5.83 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.38 N/A 0.16 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.38 0.2 - 0.8 0.23 0.3 - 1.5
Northern Pike Trap net 0.25 N/A 4.39 N/A
Gill net 6.00 2.0 - 10.8 3.68 1.7 - 3.1
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.50 0.7 - 6.5 0.19 0.1 - 0.2
Walleye Trap net 0.12 0.3 - 0.8 3.20 0.9 - 3.5
Gill net 0.33 0.8 - 3.8 2.87 1.4 - 3.0
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2007 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 2 1 19 0 0 0 0 0 22
black crappie 6 203 1 0 0 0 0 0 210
bluegill 344 354 0 0 0 0 0 0 704
channel catfish 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 6
hybrid sunfish 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
largemouth bass 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
northern pike 0 0 0 0 3 6 11 0 20
pumpkinseed 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
walleye 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2


For the record, the largest Muskellunge taken in Minnesota weighed 54 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Winnibigoshish, Itasca County
    When: 1957
    Statistics: 56" length, 27.8" 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

Privately Stocked Fish
* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

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 06/18/2007)

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. No gas motors are allowed on the lake.

Bluegills are the most abundant species found in the lake but only average slightly more than 5.5 inches in length. Black crappies are found in moderate numbers and also of small size. No crappies over 10 inches were sampled in this survey. Largemouth bass were sampled in average numbers. Northern pike were also sampled in average numbers. Walleyes are found in low numbers even though they have been stocked every other year since 2001. Channel catfish are stocked annually. This has resulted in one of the better channel catfish lakes in the east metro area. The average size catfish sampled during the survey was 24.4 inches in length.


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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