Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Carrot

Nearest Town: Grand Marais
Primary County: Cook
Survey Date: 09/29/2003
Inventory Number: 16-0071-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Carry-in USFS carry-in access on north shore, off F.R. 313. Parking available for four vehicles.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 27.00
Littoral Area (acres): 21.10
Maximum Depth (ft): 17.00
Water Clarity (ft): 8.50

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

Did you know? Much of Minnesota's fisheries program is reimbursed by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program (federal excise tax), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish Sampled up to the 2003 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Brook Trout Trap net 2.9 N/A - N/A 0.88 N/A - N/A
Painted Turtle Trap net 0.2 N/A - N/A ND 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 2003 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
Brook Trout 0 0 17 8 4 0 0 0 29

For the record, the largest Freshwater Drum (Sheepshead) taken in Minnesota weighed 35 lbs., 3.2 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River near Winona
    When: 10/5/99
    Statistics: 36" length, 31" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2015 Brook Trout fingerlings 2,500 111.4
2014 brook trout fingerlings 3,242 79.2
2013 Brook Trout fingerlings 2,500 73.0
2012 Brook Trout fingerlings 2,500 75.6
2011 Brook Trout fingerlings 2,500 78.2
2010 Brook Trout fingerlings 3,567 97.0
2009 Brook Trout fingerlings 2,500 45.4
2008 Brook Trout fingerlings 2,500 77.9
2007 Brook Trout fingerlings 2,780 76.0
2006 Brook Trout fingerlings 3,942 118.7

Stocking Notes
1 - indicates fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.
2 - indicates fish purchased by the DNR for stocking.

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 guidelines 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

County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
Cook Co., 16007100
Brook Trout     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
Cook Co., 16007100
Brook Trout   All sizes     Mercury

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.

PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate

Status of the Fishery (as of 09/29/2003)

The brook trout catch in Carrot Lake was about average compared to catches seen in other stream trout lakes in this area, and compared to past assessments of this lake. Some three-year-old fish were taken, indicating that long term survival of stocked fish had been fairly good, despite fairly heavy fishing pressure. Over 40% of the brook trout collected in 2003 were over 12 inches in length. Brook trout growth rates had been good, with fish reaching 10.8 inches, on average, at the end of their second year (compared to an area average of 9.4 inches). No undesirable fish species were found.

For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1356 Hwy 61 E
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: (218) 387-3056
Internet: Grand Marais Fisheries

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 C0241 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

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