Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Bay

Nearest Town: Deerwood (Crow Wing)
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 06/16/2014
Inventory Number: 18003400
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Township Earthen Located on the east shore of the middle bay
DNR Asphalt Located on the west shore of the northwest bay off of township road


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 2319.89
Littoral Area (acres): 1005
Maximum Depth (ft): 74
Water Clarity (ft): 17.0 (11-24)

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


Did you know? The state operates 17 hatcheries: 5 for trout and salmon and 12 for coolwater 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 Bullhead Gill net 0.07 0.5 - 4.1 1.28 0.6 - 1.0
Black Crappie Trap net 1.60 0.3 - 1.7 0.41 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 1.20 0.2 - 1.1 0.60 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 12.27 3.7 - 42.9 0.27 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.67 N/A 0.18 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.80 0.3 - 1.1 5.71 3.9 - 5.1
Gill net 0.13 0.1 - 0.2 2.78 3.0 - 5.2
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.13 0.3 - 1.7 1.22 0.7 - 1.1
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 2.80 N/A 0.47 N/A
Gill net 0.20 N/A 0.41 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.20 0.4 - 1.4 1.49 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 0.27 0.3 - 1.2 1.33 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 1.00 N/A 1.08 N/A
Gill net 19.60 3.0 - 7.9 1.32 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.00 1.6 - 6.9 0.31 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.07 N/A 0.09 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 3.27 0.7 - 3.3 0.58 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 1.20 1.0 - 6.6 0.47 0.3 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.40 0.5 - 5.2 0.89 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.20 0.3 - 0.9 3.02 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 1.60 4.0 - 9.6 2.94 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Gill net 0.07 1.0 - 3.5 1.20 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 2.33 0.9 - 4.8 0.76 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 0.53 0.6 - 6.4 0.63 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 0.20 7.1 - 33.9 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 bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 2 15 21 4 0 0 0 0 42
bluegill 41 167 1 0 0 0 0 0 209
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 4 9 0 14
brown bullhead 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 0 42 3 0 0 0 0 0 45
largemouth bass 0 0 2 4 1 0 0 0 7
northern pike 0 0 2 39 223 32 8 5 309
pumpkinseed 1 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 31
rock bass 4 26 37 0 0 0 0 0 67
tullibee (cisco) 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 6
walleye 0 0 0 0 18 6 3 0 27
white sucker 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 2 33 8 0 0 0 0 43
yellow perch 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3


For the record, the largest Freshwater Drum (Sheepshead) taken in Minnesota weighed 35 lbs., 3.2 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River near Winona
    When: 10/5/99
    Statistics: 36" length, 31" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 walleye fry 1,000,000 8.9
2013 Walleye fry 1,000,000 9.0
2012 Walleye fry 1,000,000 8.8
2010 Walleye1 fingerlings 30,260 2,017.3
2008 Walleye1 fingerlings 67,028 2,006.8
2006 Walleye1 fingerlings 47,654 1,993.9

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 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
BAY
Crow Wing Co., 18003400
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Northern Pike     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
BAY
Crow Wing Co., 18003400
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Cisco All sizes        
Northern Pike   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 06/16/2014)

Bay Lake is a popular 2,392 acre lake located five miles south of Deerwood in Crow Wing County. Development is heavy on its 24.3 miles of shoreline. Maximum depth is 74 feet, with 42% of the lake 15 feet deep or less. A public access is located on the west shore of the northwest bay. Bay Lake has substantial recreational boating activity, especially on weekends and holidays. Three islands are present. Church Island is protected from future development through a conservation easement AMA (aquatic management area).

Walleye are currently stocked annually as fry. A variety of walleye stocking strategies have been tried in Bay Lake since 1967, including fry and various rates of walleye fingerlings. However, none of these have been successful in creating more than a low-level walleye population. The 2014 walleye catch of 1.6/ gillnet remains below average for the lake class, but is typical of past catches on Bay Lake. The average size was quite nice at 19.9 inches and 3 lbs. Walleye numbers seem to be kept low by the high abundance of northern pike, and the low number of yellow perch.

The northern pike catch of 19.6/gillnet was extremely high, and the highest catch to date. Average size was small at 17.9 inches and 1.3 lbs. A few larger northern pike were present with 5% of the catch 24 inches or larger. On all lakes it is important to practice catch and release of these larger northern pike, as they help to control the population of smaller northern pike. This is especially true on Bay Lake. Two year classes (2011 and 2012) made up 82% of the total catch.

Largemouth bass were sampled by a spring electrofishing survey. Largemouth were captured at a rate of 100.3/hr of run time. Average length was 12.0 inches, with 58% measuring 12 inches or larger.

The black crappie gillnet catch of 1.2/net was above average. Average length was 9.7 inches. The trapnet black crappie catch of 1.6/net was average, with an average length of 9.0 inches. For both gears combined, 74% of black crappies measured at least 8 inches in length with fish up to 12.4 inches captured. The bluegill catch of 12.3/trapnet was the lowest catch to date. The average length was 6.9 inches, with 57% of the catch 7 inches or larger.

Bay Lake is designated as an infested water because of Eurasian watermilfoil. Lake users are required to inspect and remove any aquatic plants and animals from their watercraft and trailers as well as remove the plug and drain all water from the watercraft, including bilges, livewells and baitwells.


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 B0098 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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