Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Borden

Nearest Town: Garrison
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 07/21/2014
Inventory Number: 18002000

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete East side off of Highway 18.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1011.96
Littoral Area (acres): 304
Maximum Depth (ft): 84
Water Clarity (ft): 12

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 15.1 (13-17)


Did you know? Lake rehabilitation projects reclaim waters suffering from habitat degradation and overpopulation of some fish species.

Fish Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 2.18 0.7 - 3.2 0.34 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 3.00 0.5 - 2.7 0.46 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 10.73 5.6 - 42.3 0.17 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 1.75 N/A 0.12 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.55 0.4 - 1.0 4.65 3.1 - 4.8
Gill net 0.17 0.1 - 0.4 3.10 2.9 - 5.0
Burbot Gill net 0.08 0.1 - 0.4 0.13 1.5 - 2.5
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.09 0.1 - 0.7 0.07 0.1 - 0.1
Gill net 0.08 0.2 - 5.1 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.09 0.2 - 0.9 0.03 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 2.18 N/A 0.35 N/A
Gill net 0.75 N/A 0.34 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.64 0.3 - 1.1 0.75 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 0.92 0.3 - 1.2 1.64 0.5 - 1.1
Northern Pike Trap net 0.82 N/A 2.22 N/A
Gill net 7.83 3.1 - 8.5 2.53 1.5 - 2.7
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.00 1.7 - 8.2 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.08 N/A 0.24 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.36 0.6 - 2.5 0.17 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 1.25 0.3 - 2.0 0.43 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 0.08 0.2 - 1.0 3.28 0.7 - 1.9
Walleye Trap net 0.36 0.2 - 0.7 5.86 0.9 - 2.9
Gill net 1.17 1.3 - 5.5 3.71 1.2 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.09 1.5 - 7.7 0.95 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 1.08 0.9 - 10.0 1.01 0.5 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.09 0.5 - 2.7 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.33 2.5 - 24.2 0.09 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 2014 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
black crappie 8 30 18 3 0 0 0 0 59
bluegill 77 61 1 0 0 0 0 0 139
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 8
burbot 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
golden shiner 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
green sunfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 6 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 33
largemouth bass 0 4 3 5 6 0 0 0 18
northern pike 0 0 0 4 20 60 15 4 103
pumpkinseed 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
rock bass 6 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 19
smallmouth bass 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 0 0 1 3 7 7 0 18
yellow bullhead 0 1 10 14 0 0 0 0 25
yellow perch 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5


For the record, the largest American Eel taken in Minnesota weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. and was caught:

    Where: St. Croix River near Stillwater
    When: 8/8/97
    Statistics: 36" length, 14" girth

Fish Consumption Guidelines

These fish consumption guidelines help people make choices about which fish to eat and how often. Following the guidelin es 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

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
BORDEN
Crow Wing Co., 18002000
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Cisco   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
Largemouth Bass     All sizes   Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Smallmouth Bass     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
BORDEN
Crow Wing Co., 18002000
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Smallmouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye     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.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 07/21/2014)

Borden Lake has good fishing opportunities for several species. Black crappie numbers were about average for this type of lake (2.2/trap net) and size was good, with 71% measuring 8" or larger. Bluegill numbers were also average (10.7/trap net), but size was not impressive with an average length of 5.9" and only 19% measuring 7" or larger.

Largemouth bass numbers (28.6/hr) were down from previous electrofishing surveys, but size was good with 69% measuring 12" or larger. Smallmouth bass were caught in lower numbers (6.1/hr), but average size was quite large at 16.3". All of the smallmouth were 14" or larger.

Northern pike numbers were relatively high in 2014 at 7.8/gill net. Average size was good at 22.4" and 30% were 24" or larger. The largest fish measured was 34.4".

Walleyes are currently not stocked into Borden, though they may find their way in from connected Mille Lacs Lake. They were caught at a low rate in the 2014 netting (1.2/gill net). Average size was 21.5".

Abundant emergent vegetation around the lake provides spawning opportunities for many of these species and an effort needs to be made to protect it. To help ensure these fishing opportunities exist into the future, please practice selective harvest by releasing larger panfish as well as northern pike over 24".


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1601 Minnesota Dr
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: (218) 203-4301
Internet: Brainerd Fisheries
E-Mail: Brainerd.Fisheries@state.mn.us

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 B0099 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
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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