Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Mitchell

Nearest Town: Emily
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 07/07/2014
Inventory Number: 18029400
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete Northeast corner of lake off of Co. Rd. 136.


Fishing Regulations:

Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 429.05
Littoral Area (acres): 118
Maximum Depth (ft): 78
Water Clarity (ft): 8.8 (7.5-10)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 10.3 (3.5-15)


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 0.78 0.5 - 2.2 0.41 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 1.22 0.3 - 1.7 0.34 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 2.56 7.7 - 43.4 0.25 0.1 - 0.2
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 1.22 0.3 - 1.0 5.57 2.6 - 4.9
Gill net 0.11 0.2 - 0.3 3.47 3.0 - 5.3
Greater Redhorse Trap net 0.67 N/A 5.01 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.44 N/A 0.27 N/A
Northern Pike Trap net 0.67 N/A 2.27 N/A
Gill net 6.89 2.2 - 8.7 3.29 1.5 - 3.2
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.44 1.4 - 5.9 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Rock Bass Gill net 0.56 0.7 - 4.4 0.62 0.2 - 0.4
Shorthead Redhorse Gill net 0.67 0.2 - 1.5 2.42 1.4 - 2.7
Silver Redhorse Trap net 0.11 N/A 4.58 N/A
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 0.44 0.2 - 1.6 2.83 0.8 - 1.8
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.89 1.3 - 10.4 1.25 0.3 - 1.0
Walleye Gill net 0.89 1.0 - 5.0 3.47 1.2 - 3.0
White Sucker Gill net 1.22 0.5 - 2.0 2.46 1.6 - 2.6
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.11 1.0 - 5.3 0.84 0.5 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.11 0.4 - 2.3 0.05 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.56 1.5 - 13.8 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 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 6 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 18
bluegill 4 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 0 12
greater redhorse 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
hybrid sunfish 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
northern pike 0 0 1 1 15 28 12 10 67
pumpkinseed 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
rock bass 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 5
shorthead redhorse 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
silver redhorse 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
smallmouth bass 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 7
walleye 0 0 0 0 5 2 1 0 8
white sucker 0 0 0 1 9 1 0 0 11
yellow bullhead 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
yellow perch 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5


For the record, the largest Pink Salmon taken in Minnesota weighed 4 lbs., 8 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Cascade River, Cook County
    When: 9/9/89
    Statistics: 23.5" length, 13.2" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye2 fingerlings 5,356 236.0
2011 Walleye2 fingerlings 4,932 236.0
2009 Walleye1 fingerlings 3,355 236.0
2007 Walleye yearlings 1,081 236.0
2005 Walleye fingerlings 4,760 238.0

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

No fish consumption guidelines are available for this lake. For more information, see the "Fish Consumption Advice" pages at the Minnesota Department of Health.


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

Mitchell Lake is a 439 acre lake located three miles north of Fifty Lakes in Crow Wing County. It reaches a maximum depth of 78 feet, with 28% of the lake 15' deep or less. A public access is located on the east side of the lake. Development is moderate around most of the lake. A 2008 aquatic vegetation survey found a diverse plant community. 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 fingerlings are stocked in alternate (odd-numbered) years. The 2014 walleye catch of 0.9/gillnet was below average, though the average size was quite nice at 20.9" and 3.5 lbs. Walleyes up to 29.3" were captured.

A special regulation has been in effect since 2003 requiring the release of all northern pike less than 40" in length. The gillnet catch of 6.9/net was average compared to similar lakes. The average size was 23.8" and 3.2 lbs. Northern pike at least 24" long made up 39% of the catch, with 15% being over 30" in length. Growth was above average with seven year classes present. The 2011 year class made up 44% of the catch.

The black crappie catch was average at 1.2/gillnet and 0.8/trapnet. For both gears combined 56% of black crappies were at least 8" in length. Black crappies up to 12.3" were captured. Bluegill numbers were low at 2.6/ trapnet. Size was decent with 52% at least 7" in length.

Largemouth bass were sampled in a spring electrofishing survey at a rate of 22.0/ hr. The average length was 13.7" with 64% measuring at least 12" in length. Smallmouth bass were captured at a rate of 6.0/ hr. The average size was 16.0" with 83% measuring at least 14" in length. Smallmouth up to 19.5" were captured. Smallmouth were also sampled in average numbers in gillnets, with an average size of 17.1".

No invasive species have been discovered in Mitchell Lake, but they are located in the area. Before and after launching lake users are required to inspect and remove any aquatic plants and animals from their watercraft and trailers as well as pull 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 C2025 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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