Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: NORTH CENTER

Nearest Town: Center City
Primary County: Chisago
Survey Date: 08/01/2005
Inventory Number: 13-0032-00
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Minnesota DNR Concrete State-owned access is located on the south end of the lake off Hwy 8. Access has a double cement plank ramp with parking for 25 vehicles.
Other Unknown Access to the south end of the lake through box culvert under Hwy 8. This navigable channel connects to South Center Lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 725.00
Littoral Area (acres): 608.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 46.00
Water Clarity (ft): 3.40

Dominant Bottom Substrate: sand, gravel, silt
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 5.50


Did you know? Minnesota waters support 153 species of fish.

Fish Sampled up to the 2005 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 2.5 1.0 - 38.0 1.27 0.3 - 0.7
  Trap net 0.8 0.5 - 11.3 1.01 0.3 - 0.8
Black Crappie Gill net 44.6 1.0 - 10.5 0.27 0.2 - 0.3
  Trap net 10.4 0.7 - 4.3 0.30 0.2 - 0.6
Bluegill Gill net 29.4 N/A - N/A 0.23 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 12.6 4.0 - 28.1 0.25 0.1 - 0.3
Bowfin (Dogfish) Gill net 0.2 0.2 - 0.7 3.14 2.9 - 4.6
  Trap net 0.4 0.3 - 1.2 5.06 3.3 - 5.5
Common Carp Trap net trace 0.3 - 1.5 4.46 2.6 - 8.3
Golden Shiner Gill net 10.6 0.3 - 4.8 0.24 0.1 - 0.1
  Trap net trace 0.3 - 0.8 0.07 0.1 - 0.1
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.2 N/A - N/A 0.29 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.9 0.3 - 0.9 0.39 0.6 - 1.5
  Trap net 0.4 0.2 - 0.6 2.59 0.2 - 1.0
Northern Pike Gill net 2.8 3.6 - 11.0 5.43 1.3 - 2.3
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Trap net 1.4 1.5 - 6.8 0.25 0.1 - 0.3
Snapping Turtle Trap net 0.2 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Walleye Gill net 1.7 1.0 - 3.2 2.81 1.0 - 2.1
  Trap net trace 0.3 - 1.1 4.19 1.2 - 3.4
White Sucker Gill net 0.2 0.7 - 3.5 3.00 1.5 - 2.4
  Trap net trace 0.2 - 1.4 3.97 1.6 - 3.0
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.3 0.6 - 7.0 1.28 0.3 - 0.7
  Trap net 0.5 1.4 - 5.0 1.07 0.4 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 11.2 3.8 - 22.8 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2005 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 3 24 0 0 0 0 27
Black Crappie 4 187 8 0 0 0 0 0 199
Bluegill 13 225 0 0 0 0 0 0 238
Hybrid Sunfish 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Largemouth Bass 2 2 7 1 3 0 0 0 15
Northern Pike 0 0 0 1 0 6 14 12 33
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 3 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
Walleye 0 0 3 1 5 12 0 0 21
Yellow Bullhead 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 6
Yellow Perch 3 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 88


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
2010 Walleye* fingerlings 980 64.0
  Walleye fingerlings 8,800 220.0
2009 Walleye* fingerlings 10,000 1,000.0
2007 Walleye* fingerlings 19,323 1,000.0
2005 Walleye* fingerlings 13,400 1,000.0

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
NORTH CENTER
Chisago Co., 13003200
Bullhead All sizes        
Crappie   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
NORTH CENTER
Chisago Co., 13003200
Bullhead 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 08/01/2005)

North Center Lake is a 725 acre, fertile lake, managed primarily for largemouth bass and walleye. The lake has been stocked biennially since 1995 with walleye fingerlings. The shoreline is predominately sand while the water clarity can be low due to algae blooms. The lake is popular with anglers and boaters and receives high user pressure. The public access, though large, can be filled to capacity at times. Two hundred seventy lake homes make for a highly developed shoreline. During the summmer of 2005, the culvert connecting North and South Center lakes was being replaced with a more navigation friendly bridge which should provide easier travel between the lakes. In keeping with the current lake management plan, a lake survey was conducted the week of August 1st, 2005 utilizing gill nets, trap nets, seining, and electrofishing.

The lake supports a quality sized walleye population at abundance levels typical of the lake type. Walleye sampled during the survey averaged 19 inches and 2.8 pounds with lengths ranging from 10.3 to 23.9 inches.

Northern pike were slightly more abundant than walleye and also of quality size. Netted pike averaged 28.3 inches and 5.4 pounds. In 2003, a special northern pike regulation was implemented following a public input meeting. Northerns between 24 and 36 inches are now protected from harvest. The regulation goal is to allow the continued harvest of smaller northerns while increasing the lakes potential to produce trophy sized fish.

Largemouth bass were abundant with a 12.3 inch and 1.3 pound average. Sampled bass ranged from 6.5 to 19.7 inches with half the catch 12 inches or more in length.

Bluegill were less abundant than in past assessments while black crappie numbers were high. Both are plentiful and should be of acceptable size to anglers. Crappie averaged nearly 8 inches while most bluegill were over 6.5 inches. Overall, panfish size is higher than in past samples.

Anglers on North Center Lake can expect heavy fishing pressure and a crowded public access at times. The majority of the pressure is directed at bass and panfish. Bass, bluegill, and crappie are abundant. Northern pike and walleye, while less abundant present a bonus fishery of large individuals.


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 B0064 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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