Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Nokay

Nearest Town: Brainerd
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 06/23/2014
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): 696.91
Littoral Area (acres): 218
Maximum Depth (ft): 42
Water Clarity (ft): 14.3 (13.5-15)

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


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 1.08 0.4 - 2.3 0.22 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 2.00 0.4 - 2.7 0.20 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 7.50 4.4 - 49.0 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.75 N/A 0.28 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.83 0.3 - 1.1 5.16 3.7 - 5.1
Gill net 0.08 0.1 - 0.4 4.66 3.1 - 4.6
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.08 0.3 - 1.6 1.40 0.7 - 1.1
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 1.42 N/A 0.25 N/A
Gill net 0.42 N/A 0.43 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.25 0.3 - 1.3 1.98 0.2 - 0.8
Gill net 0.67 0.3 - 1.4 1.79 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.08 N/A 2.24 N/A
Gill net 7.25 2.8 - 9.0 2.79 1.6 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.25 1.8 - 7.8 0.28 0.1 - 0.3
Rock Bass Trap net 0.92 0.5 - 2.5 0.27 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 3.50 0.6 - 3.9 0.43 0.3 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 4.08 0.8 - 6.2 0.84 0.6 - 1.4
Walleye Gill net 2.42 3.3 - 8.8 2.59 1.2 - 2.1
White Sucker Gill net 0.42 0.9 - 4.0 1.95 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.33 1.2 - 5.2 0.88 0.6 - 0.9
Gill net 0.67 1.2 - 10.9 1.01 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 2.83 7.0 - 46.3 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 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 13 20 4 0 0 0 0 0 37
bluegill 68 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 96
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 4 6 0 11
brown bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 6 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
largemouth bass 0 0 0 5 6 0 0 0 11
northern pike 0 0 0 0 11 56 16 5 88
pumpkinseed 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 13
rock bass 12 36 5 0 0 0 0 0 53
tullibee (cisco) 1 24 0 2 22 0 0 0 49
walleye 0 0 0 6 11 9 3 0 29
white sucker 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 5
yellow bullhead 0 1 14 9 0 0 0 0 24
yellow perch 19 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 33


For the record, the largest Yellow Bullhead taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lbs., 10.5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Osakis Lake, Todd County
    When: 8/5/02
    Statistics: 17 7/8" length, 11 3/4" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 walleye fingerlings 1,786 94.0
  walleye yearlings 862 200.0
2011 Walleye2 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

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
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 06/23/2014)

Nokay Lake is a 660 acre lake located in Crow Wing County 10 miles east of Brainerd. A small public access is located on the west side of the lake. Nokay reaches depths of 42 feet, with 33% of the lake 15 feet deep or less. Water clarity is good with a secchi disk depth of 13.5 feet. The shoreline is moderately developed with one resort present. Extensive bulrush beds are located around the lake and around Hiawatha Island. Protection of aquatic vegetation, especially emergent vegetation, is important for maintaining good water quality. Aquatic vegetation is critical for fish spawning areas as well as providing habitat for fish and other aquatic life.

Walleye numbers in 2014 were below average at 2.4/gillnet, while the average size was above average (18.8 inches and 2.6 lbs.). Walleye up to 27.8 inches were captured. Natural reproduction is minimal with the majority of walleyes coming from fingerling stocking occurring every third year.

The northern pike catch was average at 7.3/gillnet. Average size was 23 inches and 2.8 lbs. Northern pike up to 36 inches were present with 26% measuring over 24 inches in length. Voluntary catch and release of these larger fish will help keep a balanced northern population. Seven year classes were present, with the 2010 year class making up 43% of the population.

Black crappies were captured in average numbers in both gillnets and trapnets. Size was below average with only 22% being over 8 inches in length. Two and three year olds made up 70% of the catch. Bluegills were captured in average numbers, and were of average size. Bluegills over 7 inches made up 17% of the catch.

Largemouth bass were sampled during spring electrofishing at a rate of 64.6/hr. of run-time. Largemouth bass averaged 12.6 inches, with 30% measuring 15 inches or greater. Bass up to 18 inches were sampled.

No invasive species have been discovered in Nokay Lake, but they are located in the area. Before and after launching, lake users should 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 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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