Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Gull

Nearest Town: Tenstrike
Primary County: Beltrami
Survey Date: 07/14/2014
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): 2255.65
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? Fishing piers are installed on lakes to provide opportunities for shore fishing.

Fish Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Gill net 0.20 1.0 - 10.5 0.33 0.2 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 9.47 4.0 - 28.1 0.30 0.1 - 0.3
N/A Gill net 11.47 N/A 0.44 N/A
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.20 0.5 - 4.3 1.21 0.5 - 0.9
N/A Gill net 1.67 0.7 - 4.5 1.40 0.4 - 0.9
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.93 N/A 0.36 N/A
N/A Gill net 0.13 N/A 0.50 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.27 0.2 - 0.6 1.53 0.2 - 1.0
N/A Gill net 0.07 0.3 - 0.9 1.34 0.6 - 1.5
Northern Pike Trap net 1.67 N/A 1.32 N/A
N/A Gill net 11.33 3.6 - 11.0 1.47 1.3 - 2.3
Pumpkinseed Trap net 3.80 1.5 - 6.8 0.29 0.1 - 0.3
N/A Gill net 3.00 N/A 0.18 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.47 0.3 - 1.0 0.36 0.3 - 0.6
N/A Gill net 1.20 0.2 - 1.4 0.61 0.3 - 0.6
Walleye Trap net 0.20 0.3 - 1.1 3.43 1.2 - 3.4
N/A Gill net 2.33 1.0 - 3.2 1.41 1.0 - 2.1
White Sucker Gill net 0.27 0.7 - 3.5 2.80 1.5 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 2.87 1.4 - 5.0 0.92 0.4 - 0.8
N/A Gill net 3.27 0.6 - 7.0 0.69 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.27 0.5 - 3.3 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
N/A Gill net 11.93 3.8 - 22.8 0.11 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 2014 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 crappie 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
bluegill 45 247 22 0 0 0 0 0 314
brown bullhead 0 0 0 28 0 0 0 0 28
hybrid sunfish 4 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
largemouth bass 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 5
northern pike 0 0 2 1 138 42 9 3 195
pumpkinseed 38 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 102
rock bass 6 10 9 0 0 0 0 0 25
walleye 0 0 6 11 15 6 0 0 38
white sucker 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
yellow bullhead 0 10 58 18 1 0 0 0 87
yellow perch 85 93 0 0 0 0 0 0 178


For the record, the largest Shorthead Redhorse taken in Minnesota weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Rum River near Ramsey, Anoka County
    When: 8/5/83
    Statistics: 27" length, 15" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 walleye fry 1,957,000 17.4
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

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
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 07/14/2014)

Gull Lake is a 2,256-acre lake with a maximum depth of 23 feet located northeast of Bemidji near Tenstrike, MN. The is a DNR public water access located on the west shore of the lake off of County Road 23 with a concrete ramp and parking for six trucks/trailers. There is a moderate amount of lakeshore development including three resorts and two RV campgrounds. Due to the shallow nature of the lake basin, Gull Lake contains extensive amounts of aquatic vegetation. Gull Lake is managed primarily for Walleye, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike. A special regulation consisting of a 5-fish bag limit for Sunfish has been in effect since 2005.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has classified Minnesota lakes into 43 different lake classes based on physical characteristics and the fish community present in the lake. Gull Lake is in lake class 35. The following discussion makes comparisons between Gull Lake and other class 35 lakes in the state. Other Bemidji area lakes in this class include Big Bass, Rabideau and Stump Lake.

Gull Lake has been stocked with Walleye fry annually since 2005, and this management approach has supported consistent fishing for the species during most years. The 2014 Walleye catch rate of 2.33/GN was above the median value for class 35 lakes (2.11/GN). Walleye up to 23.23 inches in length were captured in 2014, with an average size of 15.77 inches.

Gull Lake has become known for quality Bluegill fishing. A special regulation which reduced the bag limit to 5 fish was implemented in 2005 to help maintain the quality of the fishery, which has shown the potential to produce good numbers of large fish. The regulation has been well received and interest in Bluegill fishing has remained high on Gull Lake since the regulation was implemented. The 2014 Bluegill catch rate of 9.47/trap net is comparable to the median of 9.25/trap net for class 35 lakes. Twenty seven percent of the catch exceeded 8 inches in length, with fish up to 9.33 inches in length present. Anglers should expect fishing for quality-size Bluegill to improve as the high proportion of medium-size fish in the population grow to 9 inches or more in the next few years.

Northern Pike are abundant in Gull Lake. The 2014 catch rate of 11.33/gill net was just above the normal range for similar lakes (3.55/gill net to 11/gill net). As with many lakes across northern Minnesota, the average size of Pike in Gull Lake has declined over the course of assessments, with an average size of 19.57 inches in length and 1.47 lbs/fish in 2014. The largest Pike captured was 35.24 inches in length.

Largemouth Bass are present in Gull Lake, although the population does not seem particularly abundant. Electrofishing conducted as part of the 2014 assessment resulted in a catch rate of 9.25 fish/hour, which is low for the Bemidji area. Bass up to 17.24 inches in length were captured, with a good average size of 14.93 inches. With 12.83 miles of shoreline and extensive stands of aquatic vegetation, Gull Lake offers no shortage of potential areas to fish for Bass.

Other species of fish captured in the 2014 assessment were Pumpkinseed, Hybrid Sunfish, Rock Bass, White Sucker, Yellow Perch and Yellow Bullhead.


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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