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Name: Long

Nearest Town: Walker
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 07/26/2006
Inventory Number: 11048000

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Concrete Public access with a concrete plank ramp on US Forest Service land


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 284.34
Littoral Area (acres): 81
Maximum Depth (ft): 80
Water Clarity (ft): 10

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


Did you know? Fisheries personnel monitor and regulate aquaculture, fishing tournaments, commercial fishing operations, aquatic plant management, and aeration.

Fish Sampled for the 2006 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 0.67 0.5 - 2.2 0.23 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 1.00 0.3 - 1.7 0.19 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 7.44 7.7 - 43.4 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 2.17 N/A 0.15 N/A
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.17 0.3 - 1.8 0.60 0.5 - 1.1
Hybrid Sunfish Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.18 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.33 0.4 - 1.5 2.08 0.2 - 0.7
Gill net 1.67 0.5 - 1.7 0.65 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.33 N/A 1.41 N/A
Gill net 11.00 2.2 - 8.7 1.96 1.5 - 3.2
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.78 1.4 - 5.9 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 3.00 N/A 0.11 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.11 0.8 - 3.7 0.15 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 1.17 0.7 - 4.4 0.24 0.2 - 0.4
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 4.00 1.3 - 10.4 0.23 0.3 - 1.0
White Sucker Gill net 0.17 0.5 - 2.0 2.51 1.6 - 2.6
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.89 1.0 - 5.3 0.45 0.5 - 0.9
Gill net 5.00 1.0 - 6.0 0.34 0.4 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Gill net 0.50 1.5 - 13.8 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for the 2006 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 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 12
bluegill 54 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 80
brown bullhead 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
largemouth bass 0 5 3 3 2 0 0 0 13
northern pike 0 0 0 3 24 35 7 0 69
pumpkinseed 35 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 43
rock bass 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 8
tullibee (cisco) 0 21 2 0 1 0 0 0 24
white sucker 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 1 21 15 1 0 0 0 0 38
yellow perch 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3


For the record, the largest Blue Sucker taken in Minnesota weighed 14 lbs., 3 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River near Alma, Wabasha County
    When: 2/28/87
    Statistics: 30.4" length, 20.2" 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 07/26/2006)

Long Lake is a 271 acre lake located near the city limits of Walker, MN. Long Lake has 4.16 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 80 feet. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) has classified Minnesota s lakes into 43 different classes based on physical, chemical and other characteristics. Long Lake is in Lake Class 23; lakes in this class are generally very deep and clear with a low percentage of shallow water areas. Fish population surveys have been conducted by the MNDNR in 1954, 1978, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2001 and the current survey was done in 2006.

Northern pike are abundant in Long Lake and their abundance has been increasing since the initial survey in 1954. The mean length was 21 inches, and fish up to 28 inches were sampled. The size structure has been consistent with the previous three surveys. Largemouth bass up to 19 inches were sampled during the DNR survey. The abundance of black crappie was low but similar to the previous survey. Fish up to 9 inches were sampled. Additional sampling in the spring captured fish up to 11 inches. Bluegill abundance was low but similar to the previous survey with fish up to 8 inches sampled. Other fish species available for anglers include brown bullhead, cisco (tullibee), 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 Long 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.

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. 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.


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 C0135 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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