Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: HORSESHOE

Nearest Town: Pine River
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 06/24/1985
Inventory Number: 11-0229-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Unknown Unknown None.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 85.00
Littoral Area (acres): 37.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 26.00
Water Clarity (ft): 15.40

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


Did you know? There are 15,000 miles of fishable streams in Minnesota, including 2,600 miles of trout streams.

Fish Sampled for the 1985 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Yellow Perch Gill net 12.5 1.5 - 23.0 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.5 0.5 - 11.0 0.60 0.4 - 0.7
White Sucker Gill net 0.5 0.5 - 2.9 2.10 1.3 - 2.4
Walleye Gill net 0.5 0.5 - 3.3 2.10 1.1 - 2.7
Rock Bass Gill net 0.5 0.5 - 2.0 0.50 0.2 - 0.4
Northern Pike Gill net 10.5 2.8 - 8.7 1.39 1.5 - 2.9
Largemouth Bass Gill net 2.0 0.3 - 1.5 1.50 0.5 - 1.3
Bluegill Gill net 4.0 N/A - N/A 0.10 N/A - N/A
Black Crappie Gill net 0.5 0.5 - 2.9 0.10 0.2 - 0.5
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.5 0.5 - 3.8 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 11.3 1.0 - 8.4 0.46 0.5 - 0.7
Rock Bass Trap net 4.8 0.5 - 2.8 0.41 0.2 - 0.4
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Trap net 8.3 1.3 - 6.3 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Northern Pike Trap net 2.0 N/A - N/A 0.86 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 3.3 0.3 - 1.6 0.28 0.2 - 0.9
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 1.3 N/A - N/A 0.26 N/A - N/A
Brown Bullhead Trap net 2.3 0.5 - 2.2 0.72 0.5 - 1.0
Bluegill Trap net 106.0 5.7 - 40.5 0.16 0.1 - 0.2
Black Crappie Trap net 3.8 0.5 - 3.3 0.23 0.3 - 0.5
Black Bullhead Trap net 0.3 0.3 - 2.8 0.30 0.2 - 0.7
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 1985 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 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Black Crappie 5 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 16
Bluegill 55 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 108
Brown Bullhead 0 2 2 5 0 0 0 0 9
Hybrid Sunfish 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Largemouth Bass 0 12 1 3 1 0 0 0 17
Northern Pike 0 0 1 2 19 7 0 0 29
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 25 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 33
Rock Bass 3 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 20
Walleye 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Yellow Bullhead 0 24 19 3 0 0 0 0 46
Yellow Perch 5 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 31


For the record, the largest Atlantic Salmon taken in Minnesota weighed 12 lbs., 13 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Baptism River, Lake County
    When: 10/12/91
    Statistics: 35.5" length, 16.5" girth

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 06/24/1985)

Special Problems or Concerns Affecting Fish or Fishing: Confusion and disagreement exists on who owns access on the east shore. Information that we obtained indicates that individual from Iowa owns the landing. Public does use the access at no charge and with acknowledgment of the owner. The average northern pike size has been decreasing over the years, locals blame winter spearing pressure. Population at present is made up of young fish, so no conclusion should be made at present time as why size decreased.

Additional Field Notes: Observed 2 adult loons with two young. Panfish nest observed but no fish on the nest. Observed one active beaver house, also observed very heavy snail population around the entire lake (heaviest snail population I have ever observed).

Present Fish Population Status: Northern pike abundance (10.5 per gill net) is excellent with majority of the northern pike belonging to the II and III age class groups. The size range of northern pike is skewed to the small side but the growth rate is good. Bluegill abundance is extremely high with a few large fish present but growth rate is slow. Largemouth bass abundance is excellent with all size groups present and exhibiting a good growth rate. The abundance of black crappie is good and the population is made up mainly if II, III and IV year old fish which shows a good growth rate. Yellow perch as forage food are present in good numbers. Walleye numbers are almost non-existant.


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 C1799 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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