Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Perch

Nearest Town: Baxter
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 06/08/2009
Inventory Number: 18037100
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete South end of lake off of Co. Rd. 48.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 274.6
Littoral Area (acres): 165
Maximum Depth (ft): 40
Water Clarity (ft): 16

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


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 2009 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 0.11 0.8 - 4.0 0.45 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 1.67 1.0 - 3.9 0.29 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 9.00 9.5 - 57.3 0.19 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.33 N/A 0.21 N/A
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.22 0.6 - 2.6 0.75 0.5 - 0.9
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 1.22 N/A 0.39 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.67 0.3 - 1.4 0.98 0.2 - 0.8
Gill net 0.67 0.4 - 1.6 1.39 0.5 - 1.3
Northern Pike Trap net 0.33 N/A 1.31 N/A
Gill net 8.67 3.5 - 8.9 1.11 1.6 - 3.0
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.67 1.5 - 6.8 0.19 0.1 - 0.3
Rock Bass Trap net 0.78 0.4 - 1.7 0.30 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 1.17 0.5 - 1.7 0.47 0.2 - 0.5
Walleye Gill net 0.67 0.5 - 2.3 3.44 1.7 - 3.6
White Sucker Gill net 0.17 0.3 - 1.7 3.20 1.7 - 2.7
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.44 2.7 - 13.5 0.86 0.4 - 0.6
Gill net 3.00 2.1 - 15.8 0.64 0.3 - 0.5
Yellow Perch Gill net 2.33 1.0 - 10.3 0.34 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 2009 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 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 11
bluegill 35 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 89
brown bullhead 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
largemouth bass 1 2 2 2 3 0 0 0 10
northern pike 0 0 14 3 31 4 1 1 55
pumpkinseed 15 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
rock bass 3 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 14
walleye 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4
white sucker 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 3 16 3 0 0 0 0 22
yellow perch 4 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 14


For the record, the largest Greater Redhorse taken in Minnesota weighed 12 lbs., 11.5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Sauk River, Stearns County
    When: 5/20/05
    Statistics: 28.5" length, 18.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 165,000 1.0
2012 Walleye fry 165,000 1.4
2011 Walleye fry 165,000 1.5
2010 Walleye fry 165,000 1.4
2009 Walleye fry 165,000 1.6
2008 Walleye fry 165,000 1.6
2007 Walleye fry 165,000 1.7
2006 Walleye fry 165,000 1.7
2005 Walleye fry 165,000 1.7
2004 Walleye fry 565,000 5.7

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
PERCH
Crow Wing Co., 18037100
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Largemouth Bass     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
PERCH
Crow Wing Co., 18037100
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
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 06/08/2009)

Even with walleye fry being stocked every year since 1995, the 2009 catch rate (0.7/gill net) was the lowest to date. Average size was 21.8" and 3.4 lbs. and all of the fish were over 18."

The northern pike catch rate of 8.7/gill net was down from the 2002 netting (15.7/gill net). Average size remained small at 16.4" and 1.1 lbs. Only 4% of the fish were 24" or larger.

Largemouth bass were captured at the rate of 54.3/hr run-time while spring electrofishing, which was up from last time (31.9/hr run-time). These fish averaged 12.3" and 1.1 lbs. and 54% were 12" or larger.

Black crappies were caught in low numbers in both gill nets (1.7/gill net) and trap nets (0.1/trap net) when compared to similar lakes. The fish were fast growing and 55% were 8" or larger. Bluegills were also caught in low numbers (9.0/trap net), with an average size of 6.0". These fish were fast growing and 28% were 7" or larger. Yellow perch numbers were average (2.3/gill net), with an average length of 8.8"

Other fish species sampled included brown bullhead, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, white sucker, and yellow bullhead.


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 C1193 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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