Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Lima

Nearest Town: Grand Marais
Primary County: Cook
Survey Date: 09/13/2004
Inventory Number: 16-0226-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Carry-in From Lima Grade (USFS 152), 1.3 mi N on USFS 152J to overlook; 0.5 mi W on trail through N part of clearcut to E end of lake.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 10.00
Littoral Area (acres): 7.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 25.00
Water Clarity (ft): 19.00

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 2004 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Brook Trout Gill net 6.0 N/A - N/A 1.40 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 2004 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 3 4 5 0 0 0 12

For the record, the largest Goldeye taken in Minnesota weighed 2 lbs., 13.1 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Root River near Hokah
    When: 6/10/01
    Statistics: 20.1" length, 11.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 brook trout fingerlings 1,105 27.0
2012 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,000 30.2
2010 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,000 27.2
2009 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,000 18.1
2008 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,000 31.1
2007 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,000 27.3
2006 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,001 29.8

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 09/13/2004)

Brook trout were present in average numbers and above average sizes in the fall of 2004. Growth rates had been about average for the area, but survival of stocked fish to age 3 and age 4 had been good, resulting in good numbers of 14 to 16-inch fish. The most recent stocking (fingerlings in 2003) was apparently a complete failure; however, enough fish were present from earlier stockings to support a reasonably good fishery until fish stocked in 2004 and beyond become available.

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
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

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