Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Rice

Nearest Town: Lutsen
Primary County: Cook
Survey Date: 06/20/2011
Inventory Number: 16045300

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Carry-In Carry-in trail off gravel pit, off Forest Road 340.
US Forest Service Gravel Dirt launch at the end of an old logging road off Forest Road 339. Small boats only - bad road, limited turning room, and little parking.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 222.52
Littoral Area (acres): 222.52
Maximum Depth (ft): 10
Water Clarity (ft): 5

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 for the 2011 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Muskellunge Gill net 0.17 1.2 - 4.8 2.09 2.0 - 4.6
Northern Pike Trap net 0.22 N/A 1.38 N/A
Gill net 3.33 2.0 - 6.3 1.81 1.3 - 2.4
Walleye Trap net 0.56 0.5 - 1.9 2.25 1.1 - 2.0
Gill net 4.17 3.0 - 9.8 1.39 0.9 - 1.6
White Sucker Trap net 4.89 0.7 - 3.2 2.26 1.8 - 2.6
Gill net 15.50 3.6 - 14.1 2.12 1.5 - 2.4
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.11 0.4 - 2.1 0.07 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 4.00 2.2 - 14.6 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 2011 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
muskellunge 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 3 7 11 1 0 22
walleye 0 0 3 6 19 2 0 0 30
white sucker 0 6 2 1 127 0 0 0 137
yellow perch 19 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 25

For the record, the largest Pumpkinseed taken in Minnesota weighed 1 lb., 5.6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Leech Lake, Cass County
    When: 6/6/99
    Statistics: 10.1" length, 12 1/8" 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 06/20/2011)

The walleye gill net catch in 2011 was one of the lowest seen to date in this lake, although it still fell within the normal range for a lake of this class. The long range catch goal for walleye established in the 2002 LMP (a minimum of 10 fish/gill net set) was not met in 2011, but the size goal from that plan (some fish over 20 in present) was. Several year classes, all naturally produced, contributed to the 2011 catch. Although natural reproduction had occurred consistently, no exceptionally strong year classes had been produced. Walleye growth had been average for the area, with fish reaching an average length of 13.8 inches at the end of their fourth year.

The northern pike gill net catch was within the normal range for a lake of this class, and was similar to past catches in this lake. The presence of a few older northern pike resulted in the highest mean weight for gill-net-caught fish seen to date, although most of the fish collected were four or less years old. Growth had been average; three-year-old fish reached an average length of 17.1 inches by the end of their third year.

The yellow perch gill net catch was one of the lowest seen in this lake, but still fell within the normal range for the lake class. Average size for yellow perch taken in gill nets was low for this lake historically, although a few fish larger than eight inches in length were present. Yellow perch remained abundant enough to provide adequate forage for walleye and northern pike, but were mostly too small to offer much angling opportunity.

A single muskellunge was taken in a gill net set - the first time that species has been found in this lake. Crescent Lake, above Rice Lake in the Poplar River watershed, supports a natural muskellunge population, and was probably the source of that fish.

No smallmouth bass were collected in 2011 in any sampling gear. Although they were likely present (they were sampled in 2006), their numbers may remain low. It would be premature to link changes in walleye and yellow perch catches observed in this assessment to the presence of smallmouth bass.

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 B0287 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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