Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Nokay

Nearest Town: Brainerd
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 06/23/2008
Inventory Number: 18010400
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete Northwest side of lake off of Co. Rd. 8.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 696.9
Littoral Area (acres): 218
Maximum Depth (ft): 42
Water Clarity (ft): 15

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


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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 1.08 0.4 - 2.3 0.41 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.17 0.4 - 2.7 0.39 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 45.83 4.4 - 49.0 0.18 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 3.42 N/A 0.27 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 1.92 0.3 - 1.1 5.47 3.7 - 5.1
Gill net 0.17 0.1 - 0.4 5.07 3.1 - 4.6
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.17 0.3 - 1.6 1.18 0.7 - 1.1
Gill net 0.25 0.3 - 1.8 1.10 0.7 - 1.2
Golden Shiner Gill net 0.08 0.1 - 0.2 0.08 0.1 - 0.1
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.25 0.2 - 1.0 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.08 0.1 - 0.4 0.12 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 8.67 N/A 0.31 N/A
Gill net 0.17 N/A 0.35 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 1.08 0.3 - 1.3 0.65 0.2 - 0.8
Gill net 0.92 0.3 - 1.4 0.80 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.25 N/A 2.11 N/A
Gill net 6.17 2.8 - 9.0 3.73 1.6 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 7.50 1.8 - 7.8 0.20 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.17 N/A 0.19 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 2.67 0.5 - 2.5 0.32 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 8.08 0.6 - 3.9 0.31 0.3 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.17 0.8 - 6.2 1.74 0.6 - 1.4
Walleye Gill net 2.00 3.3 - 8.8 2.92 1.2 - 2.1
White Sucker Gill net 1.83 0.9 - 4.0 1.43 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 5.58 1.2 - 5.2 0.74 0.6 - 0.9
Gill net 4.50 1.2 - 10.9 0.90 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 12.50 7.0 - 46.3 0.12 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 0 9 5 1 0 0 0 0 15
bluegill 260 327 0 0 0 0 0 0 591
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 12 12 0 25
brown bullhead 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 5
golden shiner 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
green sunfish 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
hybrid sunfish 15 91 0 0 0 0 0 0 106
largemouth bass 0 10 8 4 2 0 0 0 24
northern pike 0 0 0 0 4 43 19 11 77
pumpkinseed 32 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 92
rock bass 34 88 7 0 0 0 0 0 129
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
walleye 0 1 0 1 9 13 0 0 24
white sucker 0 1 3 10 8 0 0 0 22
yellow bullhead 0 22 53 42 0 0 0 0 121
yellow perch 80 64 4 0 0 0 0 0 150


For the record, the largest Brown Bullhead taken in Minnesota weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Shallow Lake, Itasca County
    When: 5/21/74
    Statistics: 24.4" length

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2011 Walleye fingerlings 3,372 218.0
2008 Walleye yearlings 1,404 401.0
  Walleye fingerlings 240 30.0
  Walleye adults 146 146.0
2005 Walleye adults 198 168.0
  Walleye yearlings 150 50.0

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.

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
NOKAY
Crow Wing Co., 18010400
Bluegill Sunfish     All sizes   Mercury
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
NOKAY
Crow Wing Co., 18010400
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike All sizes        
Walleye All sizes        

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 06/23/2008)

Nokay lake is a 660-acre lake located 10 miles east of Brainerd. A state owned public access is located on the west shore. The lake is moderately developed with numerous houses and one resort. The lake does receive fairly heavy fishing pressure for most fish species. The 2008 population assessment found northern pike numbers of 6.17/gill net, comparable to previous surveys and averaging 25.3 inches. The size range was a little larger than past surveys. Walleye were captured at 2.0/ gill net, which is lower than normal for this lake. Normal catch rate is around 4.5/gill net. Average size was 19.8 inches. Age classes younger than age four were basically absent, thus a large average size exists. Black crappie were captured in low numbers and averaged 8.8 inches. Bluegill was abundant and ranged up 8.2 inches with the average around 6.1 inches. Largemouth bass numbers are very similar to past surveys in numbers and size. All were less than 17.0 inches.


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 C1613 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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