Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: HATTIE

Nearest Town: BACKUS
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 06/17/2002
Inventory Number: 11-0232-00

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 484.00
Littoral Area (acres): 198.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 30.00
Water Clarity (ft): 13.00

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


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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 Crappie Gill net 1.0 0.6 - 3.5 0.34 0.2 - 0.5
  Trap net 0.2 0.7 - 3.4 0.13 0.2 - 0.6
Bluegill Gill net 3.7 N/A - N/A 0.19 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 24.0 6.1 - 46.6 0.12 0.1 - 0.3
Bowfin (Dogfish) Gill net 0.4 0.3 - 0.6 4.06 3.1 - 4.8
  Trap net 1.4 0.4 - 1.3 3.27 2.9 - 4.9
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.8 0.5 - 2.5 0.80 0.6 - 1.0
  Trap net 0.2 0.4 - 2.1 1.08 0.6 - 1.1
Greater Redhorse Gill net 0.1 N/A - N/A 2.93 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.9 0.3 - 1.7 0.89 0.6 - 1.2
  Trap net 0.6 0.3 - 1.3 0.98 0.2 - 0.7
Northern Pike Gill net 12.0 3.5 - 10.5 2.35 1.6 - 2.9
  Trap net 1.6 N/A - N/A 1.74 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net 0.9 N/A - N/A 0.19 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 5.1 2.0 - 8.5 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Painted Turtle Trap net 1.6 N/A - N/A 1.66 N/A - N/A
Rock Bass Gill net 0.8 0.3 - 1.9 0.23 0.2 - 0.5
  Trap net 2.7 0.5 - 1.8 0.26 0.2 - 0.5
Snapping Turtle Trap net 0.2 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Tullibee (Cisco) Gill net 1.6 0.5 - 4.8 1.46 0.7 - 1.9
Walleye Gill net 3.0 1.3 - 5.0 2.37 1.3 - 2.5
  Trap net 0.2 0.3 - 0.7 3.61 1.1 - 3.4
White Sucker Gill net 1.4 0.5 - 2.7 2.45 1.8 - 2.5
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 4.4 1.0 - 10.5 0.56 0.4 - 0.8
  Trap net 10.6 1.3 - 9.8 0.39 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 9.3 3.4 - 43.6 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
  Trap net 0.7 0.5 - 3.3 0.18 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 Crappie 2 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 11
Bluegill 172 76 1 0 0 0 0 0 249
Brown Bullhead 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 9
Largemouth Bass 0 1 7 4 1 0 0 0 13
Northern Pike 0 1 2 1 54 45 14 5 122
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 39 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 54
Rock Bass 6 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 31
Tullibee (Cisco) 0 1 1 6 6 0 0 0 14
Walleye 0 0 2 1 17 7 2 0 29
Yellow Bullhead 7 43 85 0 0 0 0 0 135
Yellow Perch 49 39 2 0 0 0 0 0 90


For the record, the largest Tiger Muskellunge taken in Minnesota weighed 34 lbs., 12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Elmo, Washington County
    When: 7/7/99
    Statistics: 51" length, 22.5" 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 06/17/2002)

Hattie Lake is 484-acre lake located near Backus, MN. With a maximum depth of 30 feet, app`roximately 41% of the surface area is littoral (less than 15 feet). There is no public access but it may be possible to access the lake through one of the resorts. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different classes based on physical, chemical and other characteristics. Hattie Lake is in Lake Class 25; lakes in this class are generally deep, clear, and irregular shaped lakes. This lake is primarily managed for northern pike, walleye, and bluegill, and secondarily for cisco, largemouth bass, black crappie, and yellow perch.

Northern pike were abundant, but most of them were below 20 inches long. Northern pike were sampled up to 37 inches with a mean length of 21 inches. Walleye ranged from 10 to 27 inches with a mean length of 19 inches. The number of walleye caught was average for Lake Class 25. Several year classes are present which will provide some angling opportunities for the future. Bluegill were abundant, but few were sampled above eight inches. Other fish species that are present for anglers are black crappie, bowfin (dogfish), brown bullhead, cisco (tullibee), greater redhorse, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, 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 Hattie 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 C0126,C1765 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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