Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: South Center

Nearest Town: Lindstrom
Primary County: Chisago
Survey Date: 08/09/2010
Inventory Number: 13002700
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Private Property Concrete
Unknown Other
DNR Asphalt Southwest part of lake off County 25.


Fishing Regulations:

Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 897.83
Littoral Area (acres): 561
Maximum Depth (ft): 109
Water Clarity (ft): 5.2 (3.9-6.56)

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 2010 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 1.83 0.3 - 2.8 0.66 0.4 - 0.8
Gill net 12.42 0.6 - 9.5 0.66 0.5 - 0.8
Black Crappie Trap net 7.50 0.7 - 3.2 0.26 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 15.42 0.5 - 2.7 0.26 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 55.25 5.6 - 42.3 0.17 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 22.25 N/A 0.19 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.25 0.4 - 1.0 4.90 3.1 - 4.8
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.83 0.3 - 1.5 1.10 0.6 - 1.0
Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 2.2 1.14 0.6 - 1.0
Common Carp Trap net 0.17 0.2 - 1.1 8.51 3.0 - 7.8
Gill net 1.08 0.2 - 1.7 5.66 2.1 - 9.8
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.33 0.1 - 0.7 0.07 0.1 - 0.1
Gill net 7.42 0.2 - 5.1 0.16 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.83 N/A 0.14 N/A
Gill net 0.08 N/A 0.15 N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.17 0.3 - 1.2 0.66 0.5 - 1.1
Northern Pike Trap net 0.33 N/A 3.22 N/A
Gill net 1.83 3.1 - 8.5 5.52 1.5 - 2.7
Pumpkinseed Trap net 3.83 1.7 - 8.2 0.22 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.58 N/A 0.22 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.58 0.2 - 0.7 0.71 0.9 - 2.9
Gill net 3.17 1.3 - 5.5 2.21 1.2 - 2.4
White Sucker Trap net 0.50 0.2 - 1.0 3.47 1.7 - 2.9
Gill net 0.25 0.5 - 3.5 2.94 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.33 1.5 - 7.7 0.98 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 1.00 2.5 - 24.2 0.12 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 2010 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 1 162 3 0 0 0 0 171
black crappie 7 248 7 0 0 0 0 0 275
bluegill 276 646 0 0 0 0 0 0 930
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3
brown bullhead 0 0 3 11 0 0 0 0 14
common carp 0 1 0 0 3 5 6 0 15
golden shiner 10 77 1 0 0 0 0 0 93
hybrid sunfish 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
largemouth bass 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 8 9 6 26
pumpkinseed 9 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 53
walleye 0 8 10 9 4 7 7 0 45
white sucker 0 0 0 0 4 5 0 0 9
yellow bullhead 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4
yellow perch 3 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 12


For the record, the largest Lake Sturgeon taken in Minnesota weighed 94 lbs., 4 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Kettle River, Pine County
    When: 9/5/94
    Statistics: 70" length, 26.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye2 fingerlings 18,233 561.0
2012 Walleye2 fingerlings 9,777 593.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 15,375 564.0
2010 Walleye fingerlings 11,240 281.0
2009 Walleye1 fingerlings 12,675 1,122.0
2007 Walleye1 fingerlings 18,532 1,122.0
2005 Walleye1 fingerlings 18,906 1,122.0

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

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
SOUTH CENTER
Chisago Co., 13002700
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
SOUTH CENTER
Chisago Co., 13002700
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Walleye 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 08/09/2010)

South Center Lake is an 835 acre lake managed primarily for walleye and northern pike. The lake's stocking plan was amended in 2010. Five hundred sixty one pounds of walleye fingerlings will now be stocked annually. The shoreline is predominately sand while the water clarity is generally low due to algae growth. The lake is a popular fishing and boating destination and receives high user pressure. The public access, though large, can be filled to capacity at times. Three hundred thirty two lake homes make for a highly developed shoreline. During the summer of 2005, the culvert connecting North and South Center lakes was replaced with a more navigation friendly bridge, which should provide easier travel between the lakes when the water level returns to normal. In keeping with the lake management plan, a population assessment was conducted utilizing night electrofishing in May and gill nets and trap nets in August.

The lake currently supports a fishable population of quality sized walleye. Walleye sampled during the assessment averaged 2.2 pounds and 16.3 inches with lengths ranging from 8.5 to 27.1 inches. One third of the walleye catch was 20 inches or larger.

Northern pike, while not as abundant as walleye, were also of quality size. Sampled northerns averaged 4.8 pounds in weight and 27.5 inches in length. The largest northern caught was 36.8 inches. In 2003, a special northern pike regulation was implemented following a public input meeting. Northerns between 24 and 36 inches are protected from harvest. The regulation goal is to allow continued harvest of smaller pike while increasing the lakes potential to produce trophy sized fish.

Largemouth bass were very abundant with a 10.2 inch and 0.7 pound average. Eighteen percent of the catch exceeded 12 inches in length.

Both bluegill and black crappie numbers are high for the lake type. Panfish anglers should find plenty of action but those looking for a meal may have to sort through some smaller fish. Thirty nine percent of the crappies sampled were 8 inches or longer, a harvest size acceptable to some anglers. However, less than 5% of the bluegill catch exceeded 7 inches.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
PO Box 398
306 Power Ave N
Hinckley, MN 55037
Phone: (320) 384-7721
Internet: Hinckley Fisheries
E-Mail: Hinckley.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 C0204 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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