Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Pioneer

Nearest Town: Center City
Primary County: Chisago
Survey Date: 07/30/2001
Inventory Number: 13-0034-00

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 77.00
Littoral Area (acres): 77.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 8.00
Water Clarity (ft): 2.00

Dominant Bottom Substrate: clay, detritus, sand
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 5.00


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Fish Sampled up to the 2001 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 4.2 N/A - N/A 0.43 N/A - N/A
Bluegill Trap net 0.3 N/A - N/A 0.26 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Trap net 0.2 N/A - N/A 0.22 N/A - N/A
Painted Turtle Trap net 10.0 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Snapping Turtle Trap net 0.2 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.6 N/A - N/A 0.33 N/A - N/A
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2001 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 11 27 0 0 0 0 0 38
Bluegill 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Yellow Bullhead 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 5


For the record, the largest Channel Catfish taken in Minnesota weighed 38 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River, North Minneapolis
    When: 1975
    Statistics: 44" length

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 07/30/2001)

A lake survey was conducted on Pioneer Lake to obtain initial information on the lakes physical and biologic character.

Nine trapnets were set in Pioneer Lake on July 30, 2001 to assess the current fish population. The net catch was sparse overall. The catch consisted of 38 black bullheads, 5 yellow bullheads, 3 bluegill, and 2 pumpkinseed sunfish. Based on the net catch it is fairly aparent that a severe winterkill occured during the early months of 2001. Bass and panfish were reported to be abundant in the summer of 2000 and will likely repopulate through immigration from North Center Lake.


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
No depth map available.


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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