Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Ham

Nearest Town: Ham Lake
Primary County: Anoka
Survey Date: 08/16/2010
Inventory Number: 02005300

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 168.08
Littoral Area (acres): 160
Maximum Depth (ft): 22
Water Clarity (ft): 4.9

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 2010 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 3.33 7.7 - 104.7 1.22 0.2 - 0.5
Black Crappie Trap net 0.57 2.1 - 24.1 0.29 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 4.00 1.7 - 17.5 0.15 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 15.14 3.5 - 57.1 0.12 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 10.67 N/A 0.16 N/A
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.29 0.3 - 2.8 0.11 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 1.00 N/A 0.08 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.14 0.2 - 0.8 2.10 0.3 - 1.5
Gill net 0.67 0.3 - 0.6 2.08 0.5 - 1.5
Northern Pike Trap net 0.57 N/A 2.69 N/A
Gill net 11.33 2.0 - 10.8 1.94 1.7 - 3.1
Pumpkinseed Trap net 4.29 0.7 - 6.5 0.28 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 4.67 N/A 0.21 N/A
White Sucker Trap net 0.14 0.2 - 1.2 4.52 1.3 - 2.5
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 3.14 1.0 - 7.1 0.87 0.4 - 0.8
Gill net 16.67 0.5 - 5.0 0.79 0.4 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.14 0.4 - 2.8 0.03 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 2010 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 4 6 0 0 0 0 10
black crappie 3 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 16
bluegill 79 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 138
green sunfish 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
largemouth bass 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3
northern pike 0 0 0 0 9 27 2 0 38
pumpkinseed 13 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 44
white sucker 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 6 45 21 0 0 0 0 72
yellow perch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1


For the record, the largest Golden Redhorse taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lb., 15.5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Root River, Fillmore County
    When: 4/30/07
    Statistics: 20.125" length, 12.375" girth

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
HAM
Anoka Co., 02005300
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
White Sucker   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
HAM
Anoka Co., 02005300
Bluegill Sunfish 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 08/16/2010)

Ham Lake is a typical largemouth bass - bluegill - northern pike lake with fair water quality. Northern pike were sampled in above average abundance. The average size sampled was 21.04 inches and weighed 1.94 pounds. Largemough bass were found in average abundance. The bluegill population is also average. The most common size sampled was 5.16 inches and weighed 0.12 pounds. Black crappie were found in below average numbers and size. Yellow bullhead are plentiful and many are of sizes anglers prefer.


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 D0010 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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