Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: HORSESHOE

Nearest Town: HARRIS
Primary County: Chisago
Survey Date: 06/21/2005
Inventory Number: 13-0073-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Minnesota DNR Concrete Public access on the southwest end of the lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 197.00
Littoral Area (acres): 112.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 53.00
Water Clarity (ft): 6.10

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


Did you know? The DNR Section of Fisheries has a full-time staff of 285. There are 4 regional and 28 area fisheries offices.

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 65.0 2.5 - 45.0 0.25 0.3 - 0.7
  Trap net 4.0 0.7 - 25.7 0.20 0.3 - 0.6
Black Crappie Gill net 2.5 2.5 - 16.5 0.18 0.1 - 0.3
  Trap net 0.1 1.8 - 21.2 0.13 0.2 - 0.3
Bluegill Gill net 8.8 N/A - N/A 0.14 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 36.1 7.5 - 62.5 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Bowfin (Dogfish) Gill net 0.3 0.2 - 0.8 2.65 2.4 - 4.2
  Trap net 0.7 0.4 - 1.3 3.02 2.3 - 4.1
Common Carp Trap net 0.3 0.4 - 2.0 ND 2.6 - 6.0
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.5 0.3 - 0.8 1.52 0.4 - 1.0
  Trap net 0.2 0.2 - 0.7 0.53 0.2 - 0.9
Northern Pike Gill net 5.8 1.5 - 7.3 2.62 2.0 - 3.5
  Trap net 0.2 N/A - N/A 2.39 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net 0.5 N/A - N/A 0.13 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 2.8 0.7 - 4.2 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
White Crappie Gill net 0.3 0.7 - 10.4 0.25 0.2 - 0.3
White Sucker Gill net 0.5 0.4 - 2.2 1.68 1.5 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.7 0.5 - 7.5 0.77 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 13.7 2.0 - 27.9 0.11 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 1 53 11 0 0 0 0 0 65
Black Crappie 1 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
Bluegill 87 66 0 0 0 0 0 0 153
Largemouth Bass 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 5
Northern Pike 0 0 0 2 5 18 11 1 37
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
White Crappie 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Yellow Bullhead 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4
Yellow Perch 12 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 74


For the record, the largest Flathead Catfish taken in Minnesota weighed 70 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: St. Croix River
    When: 1970

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 06/21/2005)

Horseshoe Lake is a fertile, hard water basin of 197 acres. The lake is managed for primarily northern pike. The only stocking in recent years was after a partial winter kill in 1991-92 and consisted of fingerling largemouth bass and northern pike.

To evaluate lake management goals, a lake survey was conducted which included night electrofishing on May 19th, trap and gill netting from June 21st to June 24th, and shoreline seining on August 12th.

Anglers on Horseshoe Lake should encounter an assortment of fishing opportunities. Good numbers of bluegill were present in variety of sizes. Though few bluegill were over 7 inches, more than half exceeded 6 inches. Northern pike numbers rebounded since the 2000 survey. While not as abundant as in the 1995 nettting, they fell well within the normal range given the lake type and averaged 2.6 pounds. Largemouth bass abundance and quality continues to increase. Bass averaged 12.7 inches. Black crappie numbers and size may not be acceptable to some anglers. All sampled black crappie were less than 8 inches.

Shoreline seining indicated reproduction of bluegill, green sunfish, and largemouth bass.

Other species sampled during the survey include; bowfin (dogfish), common carp, black bullhead, yellow bullhead, hybrid sunfish, green sunfish, pumpkinseed, white crappie, painted turtle, and snapping turtle.

Horseshoe Lake receives moderate fishing pressure. Anglers typically target bluegill, bass, and northern pike.


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 D0049 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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