Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Mitchell

Nearest Town: Emily
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 06/30/2008
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): 429.04
Littoral Area (acres): 118
Maximum Depth (ft): 78
Water Clarity (ft): 10

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 30 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 10.3 (3.5-15)


Did you know? Ongoing habitat improvement and maintenance work is conducted on trout streams that have publicly owned land or easements.

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 3.33 0.5 - 2.2 0.21 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 0.89 0.3 - 1.7 0.15 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 23.56 7.7 - 43.4 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.44 N/A 0.03 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 1.89 0.3 - 1.0 4.78 2.6 - 4.9
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 1.0 0.88 0.7 - 1.0
Greater Redhorse Trap net 0.89 N/A 4.16 N/A
Green Sunfish Gill net 0.11 0.3 - 0.9 0.04 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 2.33 N/A 0.21 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.11 0.4 - 1.5 1.34 0.2 - 0.7
Northern Pike Trap net 0.78 N/A 3.42 N/A
Gill net 7.11 2.2 - 8.7 4.19 1.5 - 3.2
Pumpkinseed Trap net 3.00 1.4 - 5.9 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Rock Bass Trap net 0.67 0.8 - 3.7 0.41 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 0.33 0.7 - 4.4 0.21 0.2 - 0.4
Shorthead Redhorse Trap net 0.44 0.4 - 1.4 1.75 1.5 - 3.7
Gill net 1.22 0.2 - 1.5 1.66 1.4 - 2.7
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 0.11 0.2 - 1.6 1.65 0.8 - 1.8
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 1.33 1.3 - 10.4 1.25 0.3 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.33 0.2 - 0.7 3.28 0.7 - 2.8
Gill net 1.56 1.0 - 5.0 1.61 1.2 - 3.0
White Sucker Gill net 0.67 0.5 - 2.0 2.27 1.6 - 2.6
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.22 1.0 - 5.3 0.41 0.5 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.33 0.4 - 2.3 0.07 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 5.22 1.5 - 13.8 0.08 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 32 3 0 0 0 0 0 38
bluegill 155 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 216
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 12 5 0 17
brown bullhead 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
greater redhorse 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 8
green sunfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 11 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 21
largemouth bass 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 1 2 31 22 15 71
pumpkinseed 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 27
rock bass 1 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 9
shorthead redhorse 0 0 0 3 12 0 0 0 15
smallmouth bass 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
tullibee (cisco) 0 1 0 5 6 0 0 0 12
walleye 0 1 3 3 5 4 1 0 17
white sucker 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
yellow bullhead 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
yellow perch 48 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 50


For the record, the largest Rock Bass (tie) taken in Minnesota weighed 2 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Osakis, Todd County
    When: 5/10/98
    Statistics: 13.5" length, 12.5" 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
2004 Walleye fingerlings 4,720 236.0

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 06/30/2008)

Mitchell Lake is a 439 acre lake located about three miles northeast of Fifty Lakes. A public access is found on the east end of the lake. The maximum depth is 78' and about 27% of the lake is 15' deep or less. There is considerable development with 96 homes/cabins along nearly 5 miles of shoreline and it is imperative that lakeshore property owners exercise good stewardship to prevent water quality problems. Shallow water substrates are primarily sand and gravel. The aquatic plant community is relatively diverse with 28 species present, and is critical to maintaining healthy fish populations. Emergent plants such as bulrush and water lilies are important for shoreline protection, maintaining water quality, and provide essential spawning habitat for bass and panfish species. Submerged plants provide food and cover needed by fish and other aquatic species.

Walleyes were stocked as fry on an annual basis from 1981-2002 and are currently stocked as fingerlings, beginning in 2004. The 2008 walleye catch of 1.6/gill net is considered average for the lake. Compared to 2001, average length and weight decreased from 22.3" and 4.0lbs to 15.5" and 1.6lbs in 2008 because of the increased presence of younger year classes resulting from fingerling stocking.

Northern pike were caught in average numbers when compared to similar lakes. However, at 7.1/gill net this is the highest abundance to date. The 2005 year class contributed 44% of the catch. Average length and weight continued to increase from the previous two surveys and are now at 26.1" and 4.2lbs. Northern pike under 40" are currently protected by an experimental regulation that went into effect in 2003.

The bluegill catch of 18.9/trap net was average compared to similar lakes, and is similar to typical catches on this lake. Size continues to be relatively small with only 8% measuring at least 7". Black crappie abundance was above average in 2008 at 3.3/trap net. Average weight was 0.2lbs and only 11% of the fish sampled were 8" or larger, compared to 73% in 2001.

Yellow perch, white suckers, and tullibee are important forage species for the lake's game fish. All were sampled in average numbers when compared to similar lakes,although white sucker and tullibee catches were among the lowest to date.


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 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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