Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Little Thunder

Nearest Town: Shovel Lake
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 07/28/2014
Inventory Number: 11000900
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete Southwest corner of lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 258.08
Littoral Area (acres): 81
Maximum Depth (ft): 72
Water Clarity (ft): 9.8 (6.5-13)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 14.5 (9-16.5)


Did you know? Spawning habitat improvements can enhance naturally reproducing populations of fish species such as walleye and northern pike.

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 Bullhead Trap net 0.14 0.3 - 2.8 1.04 0.4 - 0.8
Black Crappie Trap net 0.71 0.7 - 3.2 0.41 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 3.71 5.6 - 42.3 0.18 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.17 N/A 0.57 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.43 0.4 - 1.0 5.41 3.1 - 4.8
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.14 N/A 0.42 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.14 0.3 - 1.1 0.05 0.2 - 0.9
Northern Pike Trap net 0.57 N/A 0.72 N/A
Gill net 0.33 3.1 - 8.5 4.09 1.5 - 2.7
Silver Redhorse Trap net 0.14 N/A 5.07 N/A
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 1.33 0.7 - 6.5 1.65 0.6 - 1.6
White Sucker Gill net 0.17 0.5 - 3.5 2.36 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.86 1.5 - 7.7 0.92 0.5 - 0.8
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 bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 5
bluegill 14 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 27
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3
hybrid sunfish 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
largemouth bass 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 6
silver redhorse 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
white sucker 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 6


For the record, the largest Brook Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 6 lbs., 5.6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Pigeon River, Cook County
    When: 9/2/00
    Statistics: 24" length, 14.5" 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

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

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 07/28/2014)

Little Thunder is a 270 acre lake located 6 miles southeast of Remer in Cass County. The lake reaches depths of 72', with 30% shallower than 15'. A public access is located on the southwest shore. Development is moderate on the western basin, with the remainder of the lake having light development. A 2009 vegetation survey found a diverse plant community. Emergent plant beds are located around much of the shoreline. Protection of aquatic vegetation, especially emergent vegetation, is important for maintaining good water quality. Aquatic vegetation is critical for fish spawning areas as well as providing habitat for fish and other aquatic life.

The northern pike catch was low at 0.3/gillnet. Although the northern population is low some nice fish are present. Northern pike up to 32" were captured.

The black crappie trapnet catch was low at 0.7/net. The average length was 7.9", with crappies 10" or greater accounting for 60% of the catch. The bluegill trapnet catch of 3.7/net was also low. Average length was 5.9", with 23% measuring at least 7" in length.

Tulibee (cisco) were captured in average numbers at 1.3/gillnet. Average length was 16.4". Tulibee (cisco) are a great forage fish for larger predator fish such as northern pike.

No invasive species have been discovered in Little Thunder Lake, but they are located in the area. Before and after launching lake users are required to inspect their equipment and remove any aquatic plants and animals from their watercraft and trailers as well as pull the plug and drain all water from the watercraft, including bilges, livewells and baitwells.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1601 Minnesota Dr
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: (218) 203-4301
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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