Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Hay

Nearest Town: Wrenshall
Primary County: Carlton
Survey Date: 06/27/2011
Inventory Number: 09001000
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Earthen Earthen ramp located at the extreme southern end of the lake off of County Road 4.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 140.05
Littoral Area (acres): 214
Maximum Depth (ft): 14
Water Clarity (ft): 6.5

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


Did you know? The annual budget for the Section of Fisheries is approximately $17 million, which is funded primarily by fishing license and stamp fees and by a federal excise tax on fishing and boating equipment.

Fish Sampled for the 2011 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 3.83 1.9 - 13.0 0.83 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 0.33 1.5 - 7.5 0.50 0.1 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 3.17 3.1 - 24.9 0.81 0.1 - 0.3
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.92 0.8 - 10.7 1.78 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.17 1.5 - 9.5 1.81 0.2 - 0.7
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.08 0.3 - 1.9 0.04 0.1 - 0.1
Northern Pike Trap net 1.50 N/A 2.16 N/A
Gill net 7.33 2.8 - 10.0 1.70 1.5 - 3.3
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.08 0.8 - 7.2 0.57 0.1 - 0.3
Walleye Trap net 0.08 0.3 - 1.9 2.69 0.9 - 3.3
Gill net 0.67 1.0 - 4.0 1.67 1.2 - 2.4
White Sucker Trap net 5.58 0.3 - 3.3 3.84 0.8 - 2.4
Gill net 3.17 1.0 - 5.8 2.67 0.9 - 2.5
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.08 0.5 - 5.2 0.51 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 4.50 2.5 - 23.3 0.13 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 2011 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 9 26 12 0 0 0 0 48
bluegill 3 11 24 0 0 0 0 0 38
brown bullhead 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 0 12
golden shiner 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 4 39 11 6 2 62
pumpkinseed 1 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 13
walleye 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 5
white sucker 0 0 1 2 28 55 0 0 86
yellow perch 3 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 28


For the record, the largest Bigmouth Buffalo taken in Minnesota weighed 41 lbs., 11 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River, Goodhue County
    When: 5/7/91
    Statistics: 38.5" length, 29.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 215,000 2.0
2011 Walleye fry 214,000 1.9
2007 Walleye fry 215,000 2.2
2005 Walleye fry 210,000 2.1

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

No fish consumption guidelines are available for this lake. For more information, see the "Fish Consumption Advice" pages at the Minnesota Department of Health.


Status of the Fishery (as of 06/27/2011)

Hay Lake is a 215-acre lake with 214 acres (99.5%) of littoral area and a maximum depth of 16 feet. The lake is located southwest of Wrenshall, MN off of County Road 4. It has a county-owned earthen access located at the southern end of the lake. The current fisheries management plan for Hay directs fry stocking in odd years. Fry stocking was temporarily discontinued in 2007 due to prolonged low water levels that could lead to winterkill conditions. Water levels had partially rebounded by 2011 when walleye fry stocking resumed. Prior to 1998, walleye had not been stocked or sampled in Hay Lake. Hay Lake was last assessed in 2003. Hay Lake was assessed during the summer of 2011 to update information about fish populations.

Walleye abundance of 0.7 per gillnet lift was down from 2003 (3.3) and was below average compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. Walleye average length was 16.5 inches but not enough individuals were sampled to evaluate stock density or growth. Walleye from the 2003, 2007 and 2008 year-classes were present. Sixty percent of walleye aged corresponded to stocked year-classes.

Northern pike abundance of 7.3 per gillnet lift was down from 2003 (7.5) and average compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. Northern pike average length was 18.8 inches and growth was average compared to other Duluth Area lakes. All year-classes from 2004 to 2009 were represented.

A total of 3 largemouth bass were sampled with electrofishing equipment. The catch rate of largemouth bass was 4.5 fish per hour of electrofishing on-time. One other bass electrofishing assessment was conducted on Hay in 1998 and the catch rate was 11.1 per hour. Mean length was 17.9 inches but not enough individuals were captured to evaluate stock density or growth. Recruitment appears sporadic, with year-classes from 2002, 2004 and 2005 present in the sample.

Black crappie abundance of 3.8 per trapnet lift was up from 2003 (0.9) and was average when compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. Black crappie mean length was 10.8 inches and growth was average when compared to other Duluth Area lakes. A high quality black crappie fishery exists with fish up to 14.1 inches sampled. All year-classes from 2001 through 2010 were represented, except 2007 and 2009.

Bluegill abundance of 3.2 per trapnet lift was up from 2003 (1.6) and was average when compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. Average length of sampled bluegills was 8.7 inches and growth was very fast compared to other Duluth Area lakes. A high quality bluegill fishery exists with fish up to 10.5 inches sampled. All year-classes from 2002 through 2009 were represented, except 2003.

Yellow perch abundance of 4.5 per gillnet lift was up from 2003 (3.7) and was average compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. Average length of perch was 6.7 inches.

Other fish species sampled include golden shiner, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead and white sucker.

Hay Lake was included in an index of biotic integrity (IBI) assessment in 2011. In addition to standard gillnets and trapnets, beach seines and backpack electrofishing equipment were used to index species richness of the nearshore lake habitat.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
5351 North Shore Dr
Duluth, MN 55804
Phone: (218) 525-0853
Internet: Duluth Fisheries
E-Mail: Duluth.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 C0082 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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