Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: North Lindstrom

Nearest Town: Lindstrom
Primary County: Chisago
Survey Date: 07/19/2010
Inventory Number: 13003500

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Other


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 142.23
Littoral Area (acres): 55
Maximum Depth (ft): 29
Water Clarity (ft): 6.1

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


Did you know? Fisheries personnel monitor and regulate aquaculture, fishing tournaments, commercial fishing operations, aquatic plant management, and aeration.

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 Gill net 2.67 2.5 - 45.0 2.17 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 2.00 1.8 - 21.2 0.26 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 2.83 2.5 - 16.5 0.26 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 36.22 7.5 - 62.5 0.19 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 54.83 N/A 0.22 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.22 0.4 - 1.3 2.70 2.3 - 4.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.22 0.2 - 1.4 0.64 0.5 - 1.0
Gill net 0.17 0.4 - 2.0 1.19 0.5 - 1.0
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.33 0.2 - 0.8 0.18 0.1 - 0.1
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.33 0.2 - 1.3 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 5.00 N/A 0.23 N/A
Gill net 0.50 N/A 0.11 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 0.7 0.10 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 0.50 0.3 - 0.8 0.95 0.4 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.33 N/A 2.04 N/A
Gill net 6.50 1.5 - 7.3 3.67 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 4.56 0.7 - 4.2 0.16 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 2.17 N/A 0.32 N/A
Walleye Gill net 3.00 1.2 - 6.3 2.82 1.2 - 2.7
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.11 0.9 - 5.7 0.71 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 0.67 0.5 - 7.5 0.96 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.56 0.3 - 1.7 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.00 2.0 - 27.9 0.14 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 0 1 11 3 0 0 0 16
black crappie 2 30 2 0 0 0 0 0 35
bluegill 166 472 0 0 0 0 0 0 655
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
brown bullhead 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3
golden shiner 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
green sunfish 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
hybrid sunfish 16 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 48
largemouth bass 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 20 18 4 42
pumpkinseed 27 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 54
walleye 0 0 0 0 12 4 2 0 18
yellow bullhead 0 0 10 4 0 0 0 0 14
yellow perch 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 11


For the record, the largest Splake taken in Minnesota weighed 13 lbs., 5.44 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Larson Lake, Itasca County
    When: 2/11/01
    Statistics: 33.5" length, 19" girth

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 07/19/2010)

North Lindstrom Lake is a fertile 137 acre basin located in southern Chisago County within the city of Lindstrom. The lake's south shore is connected to South Lindstrom Lake by a narrow channel that is navigable by small boat (<14') at normal water levels. North Center Lake is connected to the northeast end of the lake. The shore is predominately sand and the water clarity is relatively good compared to other area lakes. Development is lighter than nearby lakes. Fishing pressure has likely decreased in recent years. An access previously used by the public has been closed by the landowner, leaving only a city street end access which has no parking. The current lake management plan lists northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, and black crappie as the primary management species.

During the summer of 2010, a population assessment was conducted to evaluate the current status of the fishery in North Lindstrom Lake. Sampling gear types consisted of spring night electrofishing to sample largemouth bass and standard gill and trap nets to sample the remaining fish species. Northern pike numbers were at a historic high but within the normal range for the lake type, while the average weight, at 3.7 pounds, was above the normal range. Two thirds of the captured northern pike surpassed 24 inches in length. Spring night electrofishing found a high abundance of largemouth bass with a somewhat small average size of 0.6 pounds. Lengths extended from 6.3 to 17.1 inches. The number of bluegill sunfish and black crappie sampled were within the normal range in all gear types. Both species have shown improvement in size since the last evaluation. Over one fourth of the bluegill exceeded 7 inches while more than half the crappie catch topped the 8 inch mark. Walleye have not been stocked in North Lindstrom Lake since 1978. The 2010 gill net catch rate for walleye was within the normal range and their average size was 2.8 pounds. Measured walleye ranged from 16.6 to 26.2 inches with an average length of 19.5 inches. Yellow perch, an important forage species for northern pike and walleye, were at a very low level Previous surveys indicate that perch numbers have historically been low and may easily be affected by the abundance of northern pike or walleye. The fish community was also made up of black, yellow, and brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, hybrid and green sunfish, bowfin (dogfish), golden shiner, and white sucker.

An angler fishing North Lindstrom Lake is likely to encounter a good number of nice sized northern pike or an occasional larger walleye. An abundance of smaller largemouth are available with some quality sized bass also present. A good number of bluegill sunfish with bonus black crappie will keep panfish anglers busy. In the past, shore fishing has accounted for a lot of the open water fishing pressure on North Lindstrom Lake. Individuals who do not have access to a boat may want to consider this lake for bank fishing. Bank anglers primarily target panfish and northern pike. Because North Lindstrom Lake lies within a watershed that has a lot of urban/residential development, agricultural crop land, and livestock/pasture land the lake is subject to some degree of nutrient input. Such nutrient input can influence a lake's water clarity. Land users within the watershed can help maintain or improve the current water quality by protecting or re-establishing buffer strips, updating outdated or failing septic systems, using phosphorus free fertilizer on surrounding lawns, gardens, or crop land, utilizing farming practices that reduce run-off, limiting aquatic plant removal or disturbance, and limiting construction of impervious surfaces near the shoreline.


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 D0050 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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