Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Muckwa

Nearest Town: Grand Marais
Primary County: Cook
Survey Date: 07/28/2005
Inventory Number: 16-0105-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Carry-in Portage trail across USFS land from Musquash Lake. Carry-down to Musquash Lake from very rough, unmaintained road.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 41.00
Littoral Area (acres): 29.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 25.00
Water Clarity (ft): 7.00

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

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

Fish Sampled up to the 2005 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Rainbow Trout Gill net 6.0 N/A - N/A 2.33 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 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
Rainbow Trout 0 0 2 2 4 4 0 0 12

For the record, the largest Coho Salmon taken in Minnesota weighed 10 lbs., 6.5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Superior near Baptism River
    When: 11/7/70
    Statistics: 27.3" length

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2015 Rainbow Trout fingerlings 4,000 120.1
2013 Rainbow Trout fingerlings 4,000 90.0
2011 Rainbow Trout fingerlings 4,568 68.3
2010 Rainbow Trout fingerlings 2,905 87.8
2009 Rainbow Trout fingerlings 3,200 130.8
2008 Rainbow Trout fingerlings 3,075 90.0
2007 Rainbow Trout fingerlings 3,001 125.2

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

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 07/28/2005)

The number and size of of rainbow trout caught during the 2005 assessment were normal for this lake, but higher than average for area lakes with rainbow trout. Annual stocking of fingerlings in fall had produced all the fish. Ages 1-4 were identified in the catch. Growth rates had been about average for the area.

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 C0311 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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