Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Willard

Nearest Town: Backus
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 09/17/2008
Inventory Number: 11056400

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Earthen North shore.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 8.21
Littoral Area (acres): 4.1
Maximum Depth (ft): 39
Water Clarity (ft): 13.3 (10-16.1)

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

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Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Black Crappie Gill net 0.50 1.0 - 9.1 0.09 0.2 - 0.3
Yellow Perch Gill net 51.50 1.5 - 20.5 0.13 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 2008 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
yellow perch 9 93 1 0 0 0 0 0 103

For the record, the largest Northern Pike taken in Minnesota weighed 45 lbs., 12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Basswood Lake, Lake County
    When: 5/16/29

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2008 Rainbow Trout yearlings 366 125.3
2007 Rainbow Trout yearlings 305 104.5
2006 Rainbow Trout yearlings 370 136.0

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

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 09/17/2008)

Willard Lake (11-564; Lake Class 21) has a total surface area of 7.4 acres and a shoreline length of 0.43 miles. A county owned carry-in public access is located on the north shore of the lake. Willard Lake is one of five lakes in the Walker Fisheries Management Area designated as a stream-trout lake and stocked annually with rainbow trout. The other designated stream-trout lakes in the Walker Management Area are Diamond, Hazel, Perch, and Teepee. The trout population in Willard Lake depends upon stocking because rainbow trout do not naturally reproduce in this lake.

No rainbow trout were captured in 2008; however, black crappie and yellow perch were sampled for the fifth consecutive year. Because of the abundance of yellow perch and black crappie in this lake, it is likely that rainbow trout stocking will be discontinued.

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

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 C2792 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

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