Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Little Thunder

Nearest Town: Shovel Lake
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 07/27/2009
Inventory Number: 11000900
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete Southwest corner of lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 258.07
Littoral Area (acres): 81
Maximum Depth (ft): 72
Water Clarity (ft): 13

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand and Muck (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 38 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 14.5 (9-16.5)


Did you know? Much of Minnesota's fisheries program is reimbursed by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program (federal excise tax), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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 Crappie Trap net 0.88 0.7 - 3.2 0.36 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.17 0.5 - 2.7 0.80 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 7.50 5.6 - 42.3 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.04 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.38 0.4 - 1.0 4.14 3.1 - 4.8
Northern Pike Trap net 0.88 N/A 1.39 N/A
Gill net 3.17 3.1 - 8.5 2.51 1.5 - 2.7
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.62 1.7 - 8.2 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.17 N/A 0.04 N/A
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 1.17 0.7 - 6.5 1.05 0.6 - 1.6
White Sucker Gill net 0.17 0.5 - 3.5 2.75 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.50 1.5 - 7.7 0.91 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.25 0.5 - 2.7 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.50 2.5 - 24.2 0.08 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 crappie 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 8
bluegill 44 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 62
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
northern pike 0 0 1 2 9 8 4 2 26
pumpkinseed 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 7
white sucker 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4
yellow perch 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5


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
2011 Walleye 6,068 7.4
2009 Walleye 12,117 13.1
2004 Yellow Perch yearlings 10,375 415.0

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 07/27/2009)

Northern pike numbers were average when compared to similar lakes (3.2/gill net). The average size was 21.8" and 2.5 lbs. and 32% were 24" or larger.

Black crappie numbers were low, with an average length of 8.3". Bluegills were caught in average numbers (7.5/trap net) and fish were small. Average length was 5.3" and 17% were 7" or larger. Yellow perch numbers were low and all of the fish were less than 7".

Tullibee (cisco) numbers (1.2/gill net) were up from the last netting in 2002 (0.0/gill net). Average length was 13.6".

Other fish species sampled included bowfin (dogfish), pumpkinseed, white sucker, and yellow bullhead.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1601 Minnesota Dr
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: (218) 828-2550
Internet: Brainerd Fisheries
E-Mail: Brainerd.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 B0338 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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