Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Virginia

Nearest Town: Victoria
Primary County: Carver
Survey Date: 06/01/2009
Inventory Number: 10001500
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 104.9
Littoral Area (acres): 30
Maximum Depth (ft): 34
Water Clarity (ft): 4.5

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


Did you know? Each year, DNR fisheries personnel stock game fish fry and fingerlings in lakes lacking habitat for natural reproduction.

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 0.25 0.7 - 25.7 0.61 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 1.20 2.5 - 45.0 0.19 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 0.12 1.8 - 21.2 0.26 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 9.00 2.5 - 16.5 0.22 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 91.50 7.5 - 62.5 0.19 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 14.80 N/A 0.18 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 1.25 0.4 - 1.3 8.85 2.3 - 4.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.50 0.2 - 1.4 0.57 0.5 - 1.0
Gill net 0.20 0.4 - 2.0 0.67 0.5 - 1.0
Common Carp Trap net 1.62 0.4 - 2.0 ND 2.6 - 6.0
Golden Shiner Gill net 1.00 0.3 - 1.5 0.12 0.1 - 0.1
Green Sunfish Trap net 1.38 0.2 - 1.3 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 2.62 N/A 0.16 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.38 0.2 - 0.7 0.60 0.2 - 0.9
Northern Pike Gill net 4.40 1.5 - 7.3 3.21 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.38 0.7 - 4.2 0.11 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.40 N/A 0.12 N/A
Walleye Gill net 0.40 1.2 - 6.3 2.12 1.2 - 2.7
White Sucker Trap net 0.25 0.2 - 1.0 0.11 1.6 - 2.8
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 3.62 0.9 - 5.7 0.43 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 2.00 0.5 - 7.5 0.44 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 4.60 2.0 - 27.9 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 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 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8
black crappie 6 38 2 0 0 0 0 0 46
bluegill 255 539 0 0 0 0 0 0 806
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
brown bullhead 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 5
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13
golden shiner 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
green sunfish 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
hybrid sunfish 11 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 21
largemouth bass 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
northern pike 0 0 0 1 4 7 8 2 22
pumpkinseed 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13
walleye 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
white sucker 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
yellow bullhead 1 20 15 3 0 0 0 0 39
yellow perch 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 23


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 Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2011 Bluegill adults 6 1.7
  Walleye yearlings 140 7.0

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
VIRGINIA
Carver Co., 10001500
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   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
VIRGINIA
Carver Co., 10001500
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Carp All sizes        
Crappie 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 06/01/2009)

Lake Virginia is a 172 acre class 24 lake that is connected to Smithtown Bay of Lake Minnetonka. Water quality is poor. Dissolved oxygen (DO) was below levels fish could tolerate 16 feet below the surface in June. Anglers should not fish deep water during the summer months. The winter of 2008-2009 saw dissolved oxygen drop to low levels. No fish kills were reported.

The predator community in Lake Virginia is dominated by northern pike. Only two walleye were sampled. Walleye abundance is below average. Walleye average length was 18.1 inches. Average weight was 2.12 pounds. Walleye are not stocked into Lake Virginia, but neighboring Lake Minnetonka is stocked in even numbered years. Northern pike numbers were average for this type of lake. Mean weight of Lake Virginia northern pike was above average. Fish over 30 inches in length were sampled. In the 2009 population assessment largemouth bass abundance was average. Keep in mind standard lake survey gear does not consistently provide an accurate estimate of largemouth bass abundance.

Five species of panfish are present in Lake Virginia. Black crappie abundance is average. No large fish were sampled, but the average size is good for a metro area lake. Bluegill abundance remains high. The size structure of bluegill in Lake Virginia is very good for a metro area lake. Fully 67% of sampled bluegill were greater than 6 inches. Yellow perch abundance in is within the average range. Mean weight of yellow perch was average. Pumpkinseed were sampled at an average abundance. Hybrid sunfish were also sampled.

Rough fish species are present. Common carp abundance increased since the 2003 survey. The 2009 survey recorded the highest measure of abundance ever for common carp in Lake Virginia. This is due in part to spawning occurring during the survey. Fish could be seen splashing around the entire perimeter of Lake Virginia. Black bullhead numbers declined to below average abundance. Yellow bullhead were sampled at an average abundance.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
7050 E Hwy 101, Suite 100
Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone: (952) 496-4141
Internet: West Metro Fisheries
E-Mail: MetroWest.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 C2683 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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