Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: South Lindstrom

Nearest Town: Lindstrom
Primary County: Chisago
Survey Date: 07/26/2010
Inventory Number: 13002800
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Private Property Earthen
DNR Concrete
City Other
City Concrete
DNR Asphalt North side of the channel connecting South Lindstrom and Chisago Lakes.


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): 548.35
Littoral Area (acres): 208.3
Maximum Depth (ft): 34
Water Clarity (ft): 3.1

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 2010 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 9.67 1.8 - 21.2 0.24 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 43.00 2.5 - 16.5 0.28 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 42.22 7.5 - 62.5 0.22 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 38.17 N/A 0.23 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.56 0.4 - 1.3 7.06 2.3 - 4.1
Gill net 0.67 0.2 - 0.8 4.78 2.4 - 4.2
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 1.4 1.29 0.5 - 1.0
Common Carp Trap net 0.67 0.4 - 2.0 7.05 2.6 - 6.0
Golden Shiner Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 1.5 0.18 0.1 - 0.1
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 4.11 N/A 0.24 N/A
Gill net 0.83 N/A 0.31 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 0.7 0.61 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 2.50 0.3 - 0.8 1.10 0.4 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.56 N/A 2.49 N/A
Gill net 5.33 1.5 - 7.3 3.40 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 10.11 0.7 - 4.2 0.28 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 5.33 N/A 0.27 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 1.2 0.18 0.8 - 2.8
Gill net 3.33 1.2 - 6.3 2.57 1.2 - 2.7
White Sucker Trap net 0.89 0.2 - 1.0 6.32 1.6 - 2.8
Gill net 0.33 0.4 - 2.2 2.23 1.5 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.44 0.9 - 5.7 0.62 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 0.50 0.5 - 7.5 1.44 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 1.7 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 9.17 2.0 - 27.9 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 crappie 21 287 20 0 0 0 0 0 345
bluegill 116 481 0 0 0 0 0 0 609
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0 9
brown bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 6
golden shiner 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 12 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 42
largemouth bass 1 4 3 4 4 0 0 0 16
northern pike 0 0 0 7 8 5 6 10 37
pumpkinseed 18 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 123
walleye 0 1 0 4 5 11 0 0 21
white sucker 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 10
yellow bullhead 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 7
yellow perch 1 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 58


For the record, the largest Greater Redhorse taken in Minnesota weighed 12 lbs., 11.5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Sauk River, Stearns County
    When: 5/20/05
    Statistics: 28.5" length, 18.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fingerlings 6,636 250.0
2012 Walleye fingerlings 1,042 128.0
  Walleye yearlings 154 77.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 4,384 208.0
2010 Walleye fingerlings 4,160 104.0
2009 Walleye* fingerlings 4,439 400.0
2007 Walleye fingerlings 12,566 372.0

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
SOUTH LINDSTROM
Chisago Co., 13002800
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
SOUTH LINDSTROM
Chisago Co., 13002800
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Bullhead All sizes        
Northern Pike 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 07/26/2010)

South Lindstrom Lake, which is located in southern Chisago County within the cities of Lindstrom and Chisago City, is a moderately fertile lake just less than 500 acres in size. The shoreline is predominately sand and water clarity is good. The lake is broadly connected to Chisago Lake by a natural channel. The two lakes are somewhat physically different with South Lindstrom having less shallow water habitat. However, the fish species composition and abundance are very similar. The current management plan treats both lakes as one for management purposes with walleye and largemouth bass as the primary species.

A population assessment was conducted during the week of July 26, 2010, to evaluate the current fishery and the management goals for South Lindstrom Lake. Walleye abundance was good while average size, 19.4 inches and 2.6 pounds, was higher than in most lakes of this type. Walleye numbers have remained fairly consistent since 1990. Since natural reproduction is limited, the walleye population is maintained primarily through stocking.

Spring night electrofishing found an extremely high abundance of largemouth bass. Lengths extended from 5.6 to 18.3 inches. Along with Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom was selected for an experimental, 12 inch maximum largemouth bass regulation in 1997. A high bass population, consistent reproduction, and heavy fishing pressure were deciding factors. The goal of the regulation is to increase the proportion of bass greater than 13 inches. Prior to the regulation, only 14% of the sampled bass exceeded this mark. Post regulation sampling has shown an increase in larger bass with 28% of the 2010 catch over 13 inches in length. Night electrofishing is scheduled biennially to evaluate the bass population.

The northern pike abundance fell in the normal range for the lake class with an average size, 3.4 pounds, higher than in most similar lakes. Measured northern ranged from 12.5 to 34.8 inches. Bluegill and black crappie were present in normal and high abundance levels respectively. Average size of both species set historic highs for South Lindstrom Lake.

During a fishing outing, anglers are likely to encounter good numbers of nice sized walleye, larger northern pike, and an abundance of various sized largemouth bass. Good numbers of average sized bluegill and black crappie should keep panfish anglers interested. The current management goals set for South Lindstrom are to develop and maintain a largemouth bass electrofishing catch rate of 110 fish/hour with a 13-15 inch length frequency mode, a walleye gill net catch rate from 3-8 fish per lift with an average size near 2.0 pounds, and a northern pike gill net catch rate of 4.0 fish per lift with a mean weight near 3.0 pounds. With the exception of the largemouth bass modal length, all management goals were met in 2010. The catch rate for largemouth bass was 168 per hour with a mode of 8.5 inches. The walleye catch rate was 3.3 with an average weight of 2.6 pounds. And, the northern pike catch rate was 5.3 with a 3.4 pound mean.

Anglers should remember that the harvest of largemouth bass 12 inches or larger from South Lindstrom Lake is prohibited.


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
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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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