Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Gull

Nearest Town: Tenstrike
Primary County: Beltrami
Survey Date: 07/06/2009
Inventory Number: 04012000
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete State owned access on southwest side of lake. T. 148


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): 2255.6
Littoral Area (acres): 1869
Maximum Depth (ft): 23
Water Clarity (ft): 15

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


Did you know? Fisheries personnel monitor and regulate aquaculture, fishing tournaments, commercial fishing operations, aquatic plant management, and aeration.

Fish Sampled for the 2009 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.13 0.5 - 11.3 0.86 0.3 - 0.8
Gill net 2.27 1.0 - 38.0 0.94 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Gill net 0.07 1.0 - 10.5 0.86 0.2 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 23.93 4.0 - 28.1 0.27 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 10.53 N/A 0.50 N/A
Brown Bullhead Trap net 1.93 0.5 - 4.3 1.01 0.5 - 0.9
Gill net 2.00 0.7 - 4.5 1.12 0.4 - 0.9
Burbot Gill net 0.13 0.1 - 0.2 2.94 0.1 - 2.4
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 1.93 N/A 0.35 N/A
Gill net 0.20 N/A 0.45 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 1.07 0.2 - 0.6 0.71 0.2 - 1.0
Gill net 0.27 0.3 - 0.9 0.88 0.6 - 1.5
Northern Pike Trap net 1.33 N/A 1.24 N/A
Gill net 13.53 3.6 - 11.0 1.99 1.3 - 2.3
Pumpkinseed Trap net 7.33 1.5 - 6.8 0.27 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 1.93 N/A 0.22 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.60 0.3 - 1.0 0.44 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 1.93 0.2 - 1.4 0.43 0.3 - 0.6
Sunfish Trap net 0.07 N/A ND N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 1.1 2.23 1.2 - 3.4
Gill net 4.40 1.0 - 3.2 1.05 1.0 - 2.1
White Sucker Gill net 0.33 0.7 - 3.5 2.76 1.5 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.80 1.4 - 5.0 0.60 0.4 - 0.8
Gill net 2.13 0.6 - 7.0 0.54 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.60 0.5 - 3.3 0.19 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 27.60 3.8 - 22.8 0.12 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 2009 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 1 0 17 18 0 0 0 0 36
black crappie 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
bluegill 118 356 34 0 0 0 0 0 517
brown bullhead 0 2 12 45 0 0 0 0 59
burbot 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 3 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 32
largemouth bass 2 5 11 1 1 0 0 0 20
northern pike 0 0 0 4 143 34 23 19 223
pumpkinseed 51 84 0 0 0 0 0 0 139
rock bass 2 33 3 0 0 0 0 0 38
sunfish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 0 13 29 23 6 0 0 71
white sucker 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 5
yellow bullhead 1 14 43 1 0 0 0 0 59
yellow perch 145 285 4 0 0 0 0 0 438


For the record, the largest Freshwater Drum (Sheepshead) taken in Minnesota weighed 35 lbs., 3.2 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River near Winona
    When: 10/5/99
    Statistics: 36" length, 31" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 1,884,000 16.0
2012 Walleye fry 2,313,000 20.5
2011 Walleye fry 1,900,000 15.1
2010 Walleye fry 1,900,428 16.2
2009 Walleye fry 1,900,000 16.4
2008 Walleye fry 1,900,000 16.1
2007 Walleye fry 1,919,934 14.5
2006 Walleye fry 1,900,000 15.8
2005 Walleye fry 1,900,000 15.8

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
GULL
Beltrami Co., 04012000
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
GULL
Beltrami Co., 04012000
Northern Pike All sizes        
Walleye 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 07/06/2009)

Gull Lake is a 2,243 acre lake with a maximum depth of 23 feet located near the town of Tenstrike in south-central Beltrami County. There is a DNR owned public access on the west arm of the lake off of County Road 23. The access offers a concrete ramp and dock, but parking is somewhat limited. Gull Lake supports a moderate amount of residential development along its lakeshore, including three resorts and two RV park/campgrounds. The lake is generally shallow, with an abundance of aquatic vegetation, both emergent and submerged. Gull is managed primarily for walleye, bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass and northern pike.

Walleye management has alternated between periods of both fry and fingerling stocking. Since 2005, annual stockings of approximately 1.9 million walleye fry have been conducted. Although the 2009 walleye abundance rating of 4.4 fish per gill net was slightly less than the management goal, it marks a substantial improvement from the 2004 assessment (2.1 fish per gill net). Eighty-five percent of walleye in the 2009 sample were age-5 and younger, indicating good recruitment in recent years. In addition, fall electrofishing assessments have documented the presence of young-of-the-year walleye in both stocked years and years without stocking. On Gull Lake, walleye growth rates are slower than average.

Bluegill is another important species in the Gull Lake fish community. Gull Lake has a history of being an excellent bluegill lake, but has exhibited considerable recruitment variability over the years. Following some excellent fishing in the 1980s, bluegill abundance declined. An assessment in 2004 documented two strong bluegill year classes poised to create another quality fishery. Since this population tends to be cyclic and quality bluegill fisheries attract considerable angling pressure, steps were taken to implement a more conservative sunfish bag limit to protect this fishery from excessive exploitation. A five fish bag limit was implemented in 2005, with an objective to restore and maintain a bluegill fishery that consistently produces quality-sized fish greater than eight inches long, and to reestablish the presence of ten inch and larger bluegill.

In 2009, bluegill ranged from 3.4 to 9.7 inches in length, with an average length of 7.2 inches. Thirty-nine percent of the sample was greater than 8 inches in length, as compared to only 8% in 2005 and 6% in 2004. It appears that one of the goals of the regulation is already being met, and, in the next couple of years, bluegill greater than 10 inches in length should start to appear.

The most abundant predator species in Gull Lake is northern pike. In 2009, northern pike abundance was more than twice the management goal. On the bright side, 14 percent of fish in the sample were greater than 28 inches in length - a marked improvement in size structure from 2004 when fewer than two percent were that size or larger. This may be an indication that selective harvest (voluntary release of larger pike) may be gaining acceptance among anglers. However, the average Gull Lake pike is much smaller, typically less than 20 inches in length. Growth rates of northern pike are above average. At age-3, an average Gull Lake northern pike is approximately 21 inches long, while the Bemidji area lake class average is 19 inches.

Yellow perch is one of the primary forage species for predators inhabiting Gull Lake. Perch numbers have been fairly consistent over the years and generally above average levels of abundance for the lake type, indicating that the population should be adequate to support existing predator populations. In 2009, perch ranged from 5.2 to 8.9 inches in length with only 5% of the sample greater than eight inches.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
2114 Bemidji Ave
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: (218) 308-2339
Internet: Bemidji Fisheries
E-Mail: Bemidji.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 B0357 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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