Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Borden

Nearest Town: Garrison
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 07/21/2008
Inventory Number: 18002000

Public Access Information

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


Fish Health:

Disease:Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)Date Tested:4/22/2010Result:Negative
Source: UMN

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1011.94
Littoral Area (acres): 304
Maximum Depth (ft): 84
Water Clarity (ft): 12

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 52 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 15.1 (13-17)


Did you know? The annual budget for the Section of Fisheries is approximately $17 million, which is funded primarily by fishing license and stamp fees and by a federal excise tax on fishing and boating equipment.

Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 2.33 0.7 - 3.2 0.23 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 1.75 0.5 - 2.7 0.29 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 17.92 5.6 - 42.3 0.12 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 4.67 N/A 0.18 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.50 0.4 - 1.0 5.54 3.1 - 4.8
Gill net 0.25 0.1 - 0.4 4.03 2.9 - 5.0
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.08 0.3 - 1.5 1.19 0.6 - 1.0
Gill net 0.08 0.3 - 2.2 1.49 0.6 - 1.0
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.08 0.2 - 0.9 0.02 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 3.42 N/A 0.18 N/A
Gill net 0.67 N/A 0.33 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.25 0.3 - 1.1 1.59 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 0.75 0.3 - 1.2 1.25 0.5 - 1.1
Northern Pike Trap net 0.42 N/A 2.87 N/A
Gill net 5.08 3.1 - 8.5 2.84 1.5 - 2.7
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.25 1.7 - 8.2 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.25 N/A 0.26 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.08 0.6 - 2.5 0.47 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.75 0.3 - 2.0 0.48 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Trap net 0.08 0.1 - 0.4 0.43 0.1 - 0.6
Gill net 0.33 0.2 - 1.0 2.60 0.7 - 1.9
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.42 0.7 - 6.5 1.83 0.6 - 1.6
Walleye Gill net 1.83 1.3 - 5.5 3.96 1.2 - 2.4
White Sucker Trap net 0.08 0.2 - 1.0 6.64 1.7 - 2.9
Gill net 0.17 0.5 - 3.5 2.31 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.33 1.5 - 7.7 1.15 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 1.00 0.9 - 10.0 1.16 0.5 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Gill net 0.42 2.5 - 24.2 0.11 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 2008 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 3 36 10 0 0 0 0 0 49
bluegill 173 94 0 0 0 0 0 0 271
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 9
brown bullhead 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
green sunfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 23 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 49
largemouth bass 0 2 0 8 2 0 0 0 12
northern pike 0 0 0 1 9 35 18 3 66
pumpkinseed 10 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
rock bass 1 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 10
smallmouth bass 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 5
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
walleye 0 0 0 0 8 10 4 0 22
white sucker 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3
yellow bullhead 0 1 3 24 0 0 0 0 28
yellow perch 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5


For the record, the largest Black Buffalo taken in Minnesota weighed 20 lbs., 0.5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: 20.0" girth
    When: Minnesota River, Nicollet County
    Statistics: 34.2" length

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 07/21/2008)

Borden Lake is a 957 acre lake located just west of Mille Lacs Lake near Garrison in Crow Wing County. A public access is located on the northeast side of the lake just off highway 18. The lake is moderately developed with 158 homes/cabins and one seasonal use camper/trailer area along 12.7 miles of shoreline (12.4 homes/mile). The maximum depth is 84' and 32% of the lake is 15' deep or less. Shallow water substrates consist primarily of sand and gravel. The aquatic plant community is quite diverse with 52 species present and is critical to maintaining healthy fish populations. Emergent plants such as bulrush and pickerelweed are common along much of the shoreline. It is essential to protect and maintain these plants as they are important for shoreline protection, maintaining water quality, and provide critical spawning habitat for bass and panfish species. Submerged plants provide food and cover needed by fish and other aquatic species.

The 2008 walleye catch of 1.8/gill net is average when compared to similar lakes and represents an increase over the 2003 catch of 0.6/gill net. Average length and weight were similar to 2003 at 22.1" and 4.0lbs.

Northern pike have been increasing in abundance since 1993, though the 2008 catch of 5.1/gill net is typical when compared to similar lakes. Average length and weight were 23.2" and 2.8 lbs with 38% of these fish measuring at least 24". The 2005 and 2006 year classes (age 2 and 3) were most abundant, representing 64% of the catch.

Largemouth bass abundance in trap and gill nets was typical of past catches on this and similar lakes, although variable in both gears. Spring electrofishing for largemouth bass resulted in a catch rate of 72/hr. Average length of these fish was 10.1". Similar sampling in 2003 resulted in catch statistics of 108/hr with a mean length of 11.2". Smallmouth bass were sampled at a rate of 9/hr. Average length of these fish was 11.9". Sampling in 2003 yielded 2/hr with an average length of 11.0".

The 2008 bluegill catch of 17.9 /trap net is the typical of past catches on this and similar lakes. However, only 4% measured at least 7". Black crappies were also present in average numbers with 31% measuring at least 8".

Tullibee and yellow perch are important forage species for the lake's game fish. Both were caught in low numbers compared to similar lakes.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1601 Minnesota Dr
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: (218) 828-2550
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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