Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Wabedo

Nearest Town: Longville
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 07/02/2012
Inventory Number: 11017100
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete ON WEST END OF LAKE OFF COUNTY ROAD 120.


Fishing Regulations:

Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1226.41
Littoral Area (acres): 295
Maximum Depth (ft): 95
Water Clarity (ft): 10.0 (5.5-14)

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


Did you know? Minnesota has 11,482 lakes 10 acres or larger, of which 5,483 are fishing lakes. Excluding Lake Superior, the state has 3.8 million acres of fishing water. Minnesota's portion of Lake Superior is 1.4 million acres.

Fish Sampled for the 2012 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.08 0.5 - 4.1 0.74 0.6 - 1.0
Black Crappie Trap net 2.42 0.3 - 1.7 0.42 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 1.33 0.2 - 1.1 0.52 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 19.75 3.7 - 42.9 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 4.00 N/A 0.15 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 1.17 0.3 - 1.1 4.97 3.9 - 5.1
Gill net 0.08 0.1 - 0.2 2.77 3.0 - 5.2
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.17 0.4 - 1.4 1.76 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 0.58 0.3 - 1.2 1.31 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 1.08 N/A 2.31 N/A
Gill net 8.75 3.0 - 7.9 2.61 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.75 1.6 - 6.9 0.13 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.83 N/A 0.11 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 1.42 0.7 - 3.3 0.34 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 2.75 1.0 - 6.6 0.47 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 0.33 0.2 - 0.9 2.16 0.9 - 1.8
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.75 0.5 - 5.2 0.77 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.58 0.3 - 0.9 4.64 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 4.42 4.0 - 9.6 1.70 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Gill net 0.08 1.0 - 3.5 2.97 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.50 0.9 - 4.8 0.68 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 0.25 0.6 - 6.4 0.95 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.33 0.7 - 3.7 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 8.75 7.1 - 33.9 0.10 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 2012 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 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 4 20 16 5 0 0 0 0 45
bluegill 175 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 285
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 3 4 8 0 15
largemouth bass 0 1 1 6 1 0 0 0 9
northern pike 0 0 1 4 34 52 22 5 118
pumpkinseed 32 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 43
rock bass 3 38 9 0 0 0 0 0 50
smallmouth bass 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 4
tullibee (cisco) 0 1 1 7 0 0 0 0 9
walleye 0 2 14 10 21 7 6 0 60
white sucker 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 2 5 2 0 0 0 0 9
yellow perch 65 55 1 0 0 0 0 0 121


For the record, the largest Freshwater Drum (Sheepshead) taken in Minnesota weighed 35 lbs., 3.2 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River near Winona
    When: 10/5/99
    Statistics: 36" length, 31" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye2 fingerlings 12,803 590.0
2010 Walleye1 fingerlings 12,352 590.0
2008 Walleye fingerlings 15,634 590.0
2006 Walleye yearlings 566 134.0
  Walleye fingerlings 7,919 443.0
  Walleye adults 101 123.0
2004 Walleye fry 600,000 5.0

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
WABEDO
Cass Co., 11017100
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Smallmouth Bass     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
WABEDO
Cass Co., 11017100
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Smallmouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   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 07/02/2012)

Wabedo Lake (DOW # 110171) is a 1,185 acre lake located about two miles south of the City of Longville, MN. It is connected to Little Boy Lake by a navigable channel. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) has classified Minnesota lakes into 43 different classes based on physical, chemical and other characteristics. Wabedo Lake is in Lake Class 22; lakes in this class are generally clear, large, very deep, have a low percentage of shallow water area, and have a very irregularly shaped shoreline with many bays or points. The lake is managed primarily for black crappie, muskellunge, northern pike and walleye and secondarily for bluegill, cisco, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and yellow perch.

Black crappie abundance was similar in the 2012 sample to other lakes of this type with increasing catch rates in recent years. Average lengths for black crappie were 9 inches with fish up to 14 inches being sampled. Muskellunge were not sampled in 2012 but have been observed in previous years with fish up to 52 inches being sampled. Walleye were moderately abundant in the 2012 sample, with fish ranging in length from 8 to 28 inches. The number and average size of northern pike in Wabedo Lake are near or above management goals; sampled fish ranged from 12 to 34 inches and had an average length of 22 inches. There is a 24 to 36 inch protected slot limit in effect for northern pike on this lake. Bluegill numbers are comparable to other lakes of this type. Fish up to 8 inches were found, however most of the bluegill are small. Yellow perch numbers are at a historical low in Wabedo Lake. Most of the yellow perch sampled in MNDNR test nets were small, averaging just over 6 inches long. Other species sampled in 2009 included cisco (tullibee), largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, smallmouth bass, white sucker, and yellow bullhead.

People can have significant impacts on lakes and the fish populations they support. Harvest, lakeshore development, removal of shoreline vegetation, and introductions of invasive species can all adversely affect fish populations. Currently the only aquatic invasive species (AIS) that has been identified in Wabedo Lake is the rusty crayfish. AIS are moved from infested to non-infested waters by anglers, boaters, and lake shore owners and can adversely impact lakes and fish populations. To avoid spreading AIS, lake users are required to remove all aquatic plants or animals from their watercraft and drain all water from their boat before leaving the access. If you suspect an infestation of an invasive species in this lake, save a specimen and report it to a local natural resource office. Additional information on all of these topics can be found on the DNR website (www.dnr.state.mn.us) or by contacting the Walker Area 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 B0401 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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