Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: SWIFT

Nearest Town: Remer
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 08/26/2002
Inventory Number: 11-0133-00

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 352.00
Littoral Area (acres): 187.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 52.00
Water Clarity (ft): 9.30

Dominant Bottom Substrate: detritus, sand, boulders (>10'')
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 15.00


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

Fish Sampled up to the 2002 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 2.1 0.6 - 9.5 0.62 0.5 - 0.8
  Trap net 0.3 0.3 - 2.8 0.78 0.4 - 0.8
Black Crappie Gill net 2.1 0.5 - 2.7 0.10 0.2 - 0.4
  Trap net 2.1 0.7 - 3.2 0.40 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Gill net 0.2 N/A - N/A 0.07 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 2.4 5.6 - 42.3 0.30 0.1 - 0.3
Bowfin (Dogfish) Gill net 0.2 0.1 - 0.4 3.37 2.9 - 5.0
  Trap net 0.8 0.4 - 1.0 2.88 3.1 - 4.8
Brown Bullhead Gill net 2.2 0.3 - 2.2 0.73 0.6 - 1.0
  Trap net 0.8 0.3 - 1.5 0.69 0.6 - 1.0
Greater Redhorse Trap net 0.1 N/A - N/A 8.15 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 1.1 0.3 - 1.2 0.61 0.5 - 1.1
  Trap net 0.2 0.3 - 1.1 2.24 0.2 - 0.9
Northern Pike Gill net 3.7 3.1 - 8.5 0.94 1.5 - 2.7
  Trap net 0.8 N/A - N/A 1.59 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Trap net 1.2 1.7 - 8.2 0.28 0.1 - 0.2
Painted Turtle Trap net 0.4 N/A - N/A 0.80 N/A - N/A
Rock Bass Gill net 0.2 0.3 - 2.0 0.77 0.3 - 0.5
  Trap net 0.2 0.6 - 2.5 0.82 0.2 - 0.5
Tullibee (Cisco) Gill net 0.8 0.7 - 6.5 1.79 0.6 - 1.6
Walleye Gill net 1.3 1.3 - 5.5 1.84 1.2 - 2.4
White Sucker Gill net 1.3 0.5 - 3.5 2.44 1.6 - 2.4
  Trap net 0.4 0.2 - 1.0 2.73 1.7 - 2.9
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 1.0 0.9 - 10.0 0.49 0.5 - 0.7
  Trap net 1.3 1.5 - 7.7 0.55 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 1.1 2.5 - 24.2 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
  Trap net 0.3 0.5 - 2.7 0.23 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2002 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 22 0 0 0 0 0 22
Black Crappie 20 4 14 0 0 0 0 0 38
Bluegill 7 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
Brown Bullhead 0 0 27 0 0 0 0 0 27
Largemouth Bass 0 8 1 2 1 0 0 0 12
Northern Pike 0 0 0 9 27 3 1 0 40
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
Rock Bass 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
Tullibee (Cisco) 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 7
Walleye 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Yellow Bullhead 1 6 13 1 0 0 0 0 21
Yellow Perch 8 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 13


For the record, the largest Bluegill taken in Minnesota weighed 2 lbs., 13 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Alice Lake, Hubbard County
    When: 1948

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 08/26/2002)

Swift Lake is a 352-acre lake located near Remer, MN. With a maximum depth of 52 feet, approximately 53% of the lake is less than 15 feet deep. No public access is located on the lake, but the Swift River connects Swift Lake to Big Boy Lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different classes based on physical, chemical and other characteristics. Swift Lake is in Lake Class 25; lakes in this class are generally deep clear and irregular shaped lakes. This lake is primarily managed for black crappie, bluegill, and walleye and secondarily for northern pike and largemouth bass.

Few fish were sampled during this survey, which was similar to previous surveys. The dominant fish species during this survey was northern pike up to 27 inches long. Few walleye were captured, but lengths ranged from 16 to 19 inches. A small number of black crappie were sampled with the majority less than 6 inches long. Few bluegill were sampled with the majority of them being six inches or larger.

Other fish species available for anglers to catch are black bullhead, bowfin, brown bullhead, greater redhorse, largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, cisco, white sucker, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch.

Anglers can help maintain or improve the quality of fishing by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest allows for the harvest of smaller fish for table fare, but encourages release of medium- to large-sized fish. Releasing these fish can help maintain balance in the fish community in Swift Lake and provide anglers the opportunity to catch more and larger fish in the future.

Shoreline areas on the land and into the shallow water provide essential habitat for fish and wildlife that live in or near Minnesota's lakes. Overdeveloped shorelines can't support the fish, wildlife, and clean water that are associated with natural undeveloped lakes. The combined effects of all lakeshore owners "fixing up" their property can destroy a lake's valuable natural shorelines.

Shoreline habitat consists of aquatic plants, woody plants and natural lake bottom soils. Plants in the water and at the water's edge provide habitat, prevent erosion and absorb excess nutrients. Shrubs, trees, and woody debris such as fallen trees or limbs provide good habitat both above and below the water and should be left in place. Natural lake bottom materials like silt or gravel are more ecologically productive than pure sand trucked in for a swimming beach. A tidy lawn and a sandy beach make great spots for sunbathing and swimming but do little to provide habitat for fish and wildlife. By leaving a buffer strip of natural vegetation along the shoreline, property owners can reduce erosion, help maintain water quality, and provide habitat and travel corridors for wildlife.

Only if more lakeshore owners manage their shoreline in a natural condition can fish and wildlife populations on Minnesota lakes remain healthy and abundant. More specific information on protecting or restoring shorelines and watersheds is available through the local DNR Fisheries office.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
07316 State Hwy 371 NW
Walker, MN 56484
Phone: (218) 547-1683
Internet: Walker Fisheries
E-Mail: Walker.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 C5035 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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