|Nearest Town: Storden
Primary County: Cottonwood
Survey Date: 06/20/2011
Inventory Number: 17005600
|County||Gravel||COUNTY OWNED ACCESS ON SOUTH END OF NORTH LAKE|
|DNR||Concrete||STATE-OWNED ACCESS ON NORTH END OF NORTH LAKE|
|Did you know? Ongoing habitat improvement and maintenance work is conducted on trout streams that have publicly owned land or easements.|
|Species||Number of fish per net||
Average Fish Weight (lbs)
Normal Range (lbs)
|Bigmouth Buffalo||Trap net||0.50||0.2 - 1.0||4.61||2.6 - 5.8|
|Gill net||15.50||0.8 - 7.0||1.43||N/A|
|Black Bullhead||Trap net||4.25||11.5 - 132.6||0.75||0.2 - 0.4|
|Gill net||2.50||30.3 - 150.6||0.42||0.2 - 0.4|
|Black Crappie||Trap net||3.00||1.2 - 20.5||0.33||0.2 - 0.5|
|Gill net||0.50||1.4 - 13.8||1.01||0.2 - 0.4|
|Bluegill||Trap net||0.75||1.2 - 20.0||0.28||0.1 - 0.4|
|Channel Catfish||Gill net||0.50||N/A||3.09||N/A|
|Common Carp||Trap net||2.75||1.0 - 5.5||2.08||1.4 - 4.6|
|Gill net||2.50||1.0 - 13.8||0.93||0.8 - 3.7|
|Freshwater Drum||Trap net||0.25||0.2 - 3.3||0.71||0.3 - 1.0|
|Gill net||4.50||0.5 - 8.3||0.95||0.4 - 1.7|
|Green Sunfish||Trap net||0.25||0.2 - 1.9||0.18||0.1 - 0.2|
|Orangespotted Sunfish||Trap net||0.25||N/A||0.10||N/A|
|Shorthead Redhorse||Gill net||0.50||0.3 - 11.3||0.93||0.8 - 1.7|
|Walleye||Trap net||1.25||0.5 - 3.0||0.24||0.8 - 2.3|
|Gill net||3.00||2.3 - 18.1||1.44||1.0 - 2.3|
|White Crappie||Trap net||0.50||0.3 - 6.0||0.51||0.3 - 0.6|
|White Sucker||Trap net||2.00||0.3 - 2.6||1.38||1.0 - 2.0|
|Gill net||24.50||0.8 - 6.5||1.46||0.9 - 2.0|
|Yellow Bullhead||Trap net||0.75||0.5 - 2.5||0.75||0.3 - 0.7|
|Yellow Perch||Trap net||1.25||0.3 - 3.8||0.28||0.1 - 0.3|
|Gill net||14.50||2.7 - 25.0||0.21||0.1 - 0.3|
|Species||Number of fish caught in each category (inches)|
|For the record, the largest Smallmouth Buffalo taken in Minnesota weighed 20 lbs., 0 oz. and was caught: |
Statistics: 32" length, 23-3/4" girth
Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years
|Privately Stocked Fish|
|* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.|
|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.|
Double Lake is a 246-acre lake located near Storden in Cottonwood County. The lake consists of two separate basins connected by a six foot diameter culvert. This culvert is the only boat access available to enter the South basin. This is a class 43 lake that is managed primarily for walleye and secondarily for black crappie, yellow perch, and northern pike. The lake has not been opened to liberalized fishing since installation of an aeration system in 1984. Although both basins are aerated they have experienced partial winterkills in recent years. This may account for overall low numbers of most species present compared to previous sampling. Despite low oxygen readings at times, Double still exhibits a highly diverse fish community with sixteen species sampled. This is likely due to a direct connection to the Cottonwood River via Highwater Creek. Commercial fishing has removed carp, buffalo, white suckers, and black bullheads in the past. The Double Lake agricultural land use practices, water quality, and bank erosion have created an environment that is difficult for aquatic vegetation to grow and survive. This situation challenges some fish populations to self perpetuate because of poor spawning habitats. A population assessment was conducted during the week of June 20, 2011 using 2 gill nets and 4 trap nets.
Freshwater drum appeared in Double Lake assessments for the first time in 1999. The Flandreau dam on the Cottonwood River at New Ulm was removed in 1995, fueling speculation that drum may have moved upstream in the Cottonwood River and Highwater Creek to Double Lake. The drum population has continued to decline since their peak in 1999 with current numbers at 4.5 per gill net. This dam removal may be partially responsible for allowing passage of four new species into Double Lake. They are present in low numbers and include channel catfish, shorthead redhorse, stonecat, and bluegill.
Walleye have always been popular in Double Lake. There was a decrease in walleye numbers when compared to surveys done in 1999, 2003, and 2007. The gill net catch rate was 8.7 in 2007 compared to 3.3 in 1999 and 2003. This year the catch rate in gill nets was 3.0 per gill net. Lengths of walleye caught in our gill nets ranged from 7.0 to 17.0 inches and averaged 12.0 inches. The lake is presently stocked by DNR with walleye fingerlings two of every three years. The Red Rock Sportsmen's Club has also elected to purchase walleye and northern pike to stock in some years.
Double Lake has a reputation for excellent crappie angling over the years. This may change for a few years since our assessment captured near record low numbers of black crappie in trap nets at 3.0 per net. The crappies caught appear to be from three year classes and ranged in size from 5.5 to 9.5 inches.
No northern pike were sampled during the 2011 assessment despite stockings of fingerlings in 2005 and 2006. They may have been harvested, exited the lake during high water, or been victims of winterkill. The Red Rock Sportsmen's Club in conjunction with the DNR is planning to restock northern pike in 2012.
Yellow perch numbers were low in 1999, 2003, and 2007. According to our survey in 2011, numbers of yellow perch have increased significantly to 14.5 per gill net. Total lengths ranged from 5.5 to 9.0 inches with an average length of 7.2 inches. These perch should provide some quality angling over the next couple years.
White sucker and bigmouth buffalo populations are at an "all time" high, whereas black bullhead are at an "all time" low.
Other species sampled during our survey included, common carp, white crappie, yellow bullhead, green sunfish, and orange spotted sunfish.
To maintain a healthy fishery in Double Lake, we need to promote Best Management Practices (BMPs) within the watershed to help reduce nutrients entering the lake. High nutrients and sediments in a lake can cause algae blooms and reduce water clarity.
Prepared by Charles Obler
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