Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Gull

Nearest Town: Nisswa
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 07/15/2013
Inventory Number: 11030500
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Gravel
Corps of Engineers Concrete Off of Co. Rd. 70 near Corp of Engineers dam.
DNR Concrete North end of Booming Out Bay near channel to Upper Gull Lake.
DNR Concrete East shore off of Co. Rd. 115.


Fish Health:

Disease:Heterosporis sp.Date Tested:11/5/2002Result:Positive
Source: MNDNR

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 9947.21
Littoral Area (acres): 2825
Maximum Depth (ft): 80
Water Clarity (ft): 13.4 (8-20)

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


Did you know? Minnesota waters support 153 species of fish.

Fish Sampled for the 2013 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 1.33 0.3 - 1.7 0.41 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.33 0.2 - 1.1 0.36 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 19.73 3.7 - 42.9 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.73 N/A 0.28 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.47 0.3 - 1.1 4.54 3.9 - 5.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.73 0.3 - 1.7 1.15 0.7 - 1.1
Gill net 0.07 0.3 - 1.6 1.34 0.7 - 1.2
Burbot Gill net 0.27 0.1 - 0.2 1.03 1.1 - 2.7
Common Carp Trap net 1.13 0.2 - 1.0 5.96 3.5 - 7.4
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 2.07 N/A 0.26 N/A
Gill net 0.20 N/A 0.35 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.93 0.4 - 1.4 0.67 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 1.20 0.3 - 1.2 1.27 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.13 N/A 2.49 N/A
Gill net 4.53 3.0 - 7.9 3.51 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 4.67 1.6 - 6.9 0.16 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.20 N/A 0.20 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 1.47 0.7 - 3.3 0.53 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 2.80 1.0 - 6.6 0.67 0.3 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 2.13 0.5 - 5.2 1.36 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 0.9 0.14 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 3.60 4.0 - 9.6 2.20 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Trap net 0.13 0.2 - 0.8 2.49 1.4 - 2.7
Gill net 1.07 1.0 - 3.5 1.66 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.47 0.9 - 4.8 0.98 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 0.47 0.6 - 6.4 1.05 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.80 0.7 - 3.7 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 2.67 7.1 - 33.9 0.09 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 2013 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 1 15 8 1 0 0 0 0 25
bluegill 216 99 0 0 0 0 0 0 322
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 7
brown bullhead 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 0 12
burbot 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 4
common carp 0 0 0 0 2 10 5 0 17
hybrid sunfish 14 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 34
largemouth bass 2 11 4 9 6 0 0 0 32
northern pike 0 0 0 0 6 35 22 7 70
pumpkinseed 47 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 73
rock bass 3 22 39 0 0 0 0 0 64
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 15 17 0 0 0 32
walleye 0 5 11 6 16 12 5 0 55
white sucker 0 4 0 2 11 1 0 0 18
yellow bullhead 0 2 12 15 0 0 0 0 29
yellow perch 33 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 52


For the record, the largest Rock Bass (tie) taken in Minnesota weighed 2 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Winnibigoshish, Cass County
    When: 5/10/98
    Statistics: 12.6" length, 12.4" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 2,825,000 24.0
2012 Walleye fry 2,825,000 24.9
2011 Walleye fry 2,825,000 25.8
2010 Walleye fry 2,825,000 28.2
2009 Walleye fry 2,825,000 28.2
2008 Walleye fry 2,825,000 28.2
2007 Walleye fry 2,825,000 28.3
2006 Walleye fry 2,840,000 26.7
2005 Walleye fry 2,825,000 28.3
2004 Walleye fry 2,825,000 28.2

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
GULL
Cass Co., 11030500
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Cisco   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
Largemouth Bass     All sizes   Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Sunfish All sizes        
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
GULL
Cass Co., 11030500
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Sunfish All sizes        
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

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 07/15/2013)

Walleye is the most popular species that anglers target on Gull Lake. Walleye are currently stocked as fry every year. Numbers were down this year (3.6/net) and below average for this type of lake. Size was decent however, with 72% of the fish measuring 12" or larger.

Another popular species is largemouth bass. Numbers looked healthy, with an electrofishing catch rate of 83.9/hr. Average size was 10.7", with 32% of the fish measuring 12" or larger.

The northern pike numbers were average at 4.5/net. Even with an average size of 24.7" and 3.5 lbs, this was still below our goal of a 5 lb. average for this fast growing population.

Panfish numbers looked good, but they were still down from previous surveys. Black crappie were caught at the rate of 1.3/trap net and bluegill at 19.7/trap net. Black crappie appeared to offer the better fishing opportunity, with 76% of the fish measuring 8" or larger compared to only 12% of bluegill measuring 7" or larger.

Gull Lake is designated as AIS (aquatic invasive species) infested waters because of zebra mussels. Lake users should inspect 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) 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 B0105 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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