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Name: Gull

Nearest Town: Nisswa
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 07/16/2007
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): 9947.03
Littoral Area (acres): 2825
Maximum Depth (ft): 80
Water Clarity (ft): 10.5 (8-13)

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


Did you know? The state operates 17 hatcheries: 5 for trout and salmon and 12 for coolwater species.

Fish Sampled for the 2007 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.14 0.3 - 2.1 0.62 0.4 - 0.8
Black Crappie Trap net 3.21 0.3 - 1.7 0.24 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.27 0.2 - 1.1 0.28 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 24.36 3.7 - 42.9 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.93 N/A 0.29 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 1.1 5.00 3.9 - 5.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.86 0.3 - 1.7 0.54 0.7 - 1.1
Burbot Gill net 0.07 0.1 - 0.2 0.63 1.1 - 2.7
Common Carp Trap net 0.07 0.2 - 1.0 11.41 3.5 - 7.4
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 3.21 N/A 0.23 N/A
Gill net 0.47 N/A 0.33 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 2.57 0.4 - 1.4 0.55 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 0.73 0.3 - 1.2 1.29 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.07 N/A 3.25 N/A
Gill net 4.07 3.0 - 7.9 4.03 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 4.50 1.6 - 6.9 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.87 N/A 0.19 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 1.21 0.7 - 3.3 0.31 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 6.27 1.0 - 6.6 0.61 0.3 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.53 0.5 - 5.2 1.53 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.14 0.3 - 0.9 0.99 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 8.53 4.0 - 9.6 1.29 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Trap net 0.21 0.2 - 0.8 3.43 1.4 - 2.7
Gill net 3.07 1.0 - 3.5 1.75 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 2.00 0.9 - 4.8 0.87 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 3.07 0.6 - 6.4 1.02 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.14 0.7 - 3.7 0.17 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 18.33 7.1 - 33.9 0.16 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 2007 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 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
black crappie 11 32 5 1 0 0 0 0 49
bluegill 196 168 1 0 0 0 0 0 370
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
brown bullhead 0 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 12
burbot 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
hybrid sunfish 18 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 52
largemouth bass 9 12 11 10 5 0 0 0 47
northern pike 0 1 1 0 2 20 28 10 62
pumpkinseed 47 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 76
rock bass 12 42 57 0 0 0 0 0 111
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 8
walleye 0 5 39 30 39 16 1 0 130
white sucker 0 3 8 10 24 4 0 0 49
yellow bullhead 0 2 36 36 0 0 0 0 74
yellow perch 83 203 3 0 0 0 0 0 291


For the record, the largest Smallmouth Buffalo taken in Minnesota weighed 20 lbs., 0 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Big Sandy Lake, Aitkin County
    When: 9/20/03
    Statistics: 32" length, 23-3/4" 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

Privately Stocked Fish
* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

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 07/16/2007)

Gull Lake, at 9,418 acres, is one of the largest and most popular lakes in the Brainerd area. The lake is heavily developed with 27.8 homes/cabins per shoreline mile and 19 resorts of various types and sizes as of 1996. The maximum depth is 80' and about 30% of the lake is 15' deep or less. Shallow water substrates consist primarily of sand and gravel, although areas of rubble and boulder are also common. The aquatic plant community is quite diverse with 35 species present and is critical to maintaining healthy fish populations. Emergent plants such as bulrush are important for shoreline protection, maintaining water quality, and provide essential spawning habitat for bass and panfish species. Submerged plants provide food and cover needed by fish and other aquatic species.

The 2007 walleye catch of 8.5/gill net is the highest to date on Gull lake. Average length and weight were 14.6" and 1.3 lbs. Twelve different year classes were represented with age 2 and age 4 (2005 and 2003 year classes, respectively) accounting for 59% of the gill net catch. These 2 year classes have accounted for much of the angler harvest in 2006 and 2007.

Northern pike abundance was typical of past catches at 4.1/gill net in 2007. Average length and weight were also similar at 25.8" and 4.0 lbs. The 2004 and 2003 year classes (age 3 and 4) were the strongest, accounting for 57% of all northern pike sampled. These fish measured approximately 19" to 27".

Tullibee and yellow perch are important forage species for the lake's game fish. The yellow perch catch was lower than past catches on Gull lake, but at 18.3/gill net was still average when compared to similar lakes. Tullibee abundance was also the lowest to date at 0.5/gill net. A lack of thermal habitat in 2007 resulted in large die offs of tullibee and is likely responsible at least in part for the recent decline in tullibee abundance.


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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