Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Bingshick

Nearest Town: Grand Marais
Primary County: Cook
Survey Date: 06/23/2010
Inventory Number: 16062700

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Carry-In 3.2-mile carry in on the Kekekabic Trail from the Gunflint Trail (Cook County Road 12).
US Forest Service Portage Portage from Flying Lake. Lake is entirely inside the BWCAW.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 45.69
Littoral Area (acres): 22.3
Maximum Depth (ft): 37
Water Clarity (ft): 13.5

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

Did you know? Minnesota has 11,482 lakes 10 acres or larger, of which 5,483 are fishing lakes. Excluding Lake Superior, the state has 3.8 million acres of fishing water. Minnesota's portion of Lake Superior is 1.4 million acres.

Fish Sampled for the 2010 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Brook Trout Gill net 3.00 N/A 1.97 N/A
White Sucker Gill net 24.50 1.7 - 12.5 0.21 0.7 - 2.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.

Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2010 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 0 4 2 0 0 0 6
white sucker 1 41 5 0 2 0 0 0 49

For the record, the largest Mooneye taken in Minnesota weighed 1 lb., 15 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Minnesota River, Redwood County
    When: 6/18/80
    Statistics: 16.5" length, 9.75" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 brook trout fingerlings 2,210 54.0
2012 Brook Trout fingerlings 2,000 60.5
2010 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,500 40.8
2008 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,500 46.7
2007 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,543 42.2
2006 Brook Trout fingerlings 1,499 44.6

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., 16062700
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., 16062700
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 06/23/2010)

The brook trout catch was less than the average for the last five assessments of this lake, but within the usual range for area brook trout lakes. The average size of brook trout was large for the lake and the area. These results can be partially explained by the fact that the lake was not stocked in 2009, so no one-year-old brook trout were present. Growth rates of brook trout had been good. The five age-2 fish averaged 14.2 inches long, and the single age-3 fish was 19.5 inches long.

Beginning in 2010, the lake will be stocked only in even years. As a result, beginning 2011, the summer population will consist of age-1 and age-3 fish in odd years, and age-2 and age-4 fish in even years. Age-4 brook trout are never abundant, and the species usually dies of natural causes before age 5.

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 C0233 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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