Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Huntington Mine

Nearest Town: Crosby
Primary County: Crow Wing
Survey Date: 07/02/2012
Inventory Number: 18044100

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Carry-In
DNR Earthen Unimproved access on north shore.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 93.57
Littoral Area (acres): 14
Maximum Depth (ft): 258
Water Clarity (ft): 38.5 (35-42)

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


Did you know? Fisheries personnel monitor and regulate aquaculture, fishing tournaments, commercial fishing operations, aquatic plant management, and aeration.

Fish Sampled for the 2012 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Bluegill Trap net 36.25 7.7 - 43.4 0.21 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 9.75 N/A 0.19 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.75 N/A 0.23 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 4.50 0.4 - 1.5 0.53 0.2 - 0.7
Gill net 3.50 0.5 - 1.7 0.79 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Gill net 0.75 2.2 - 8.7 4.94 1.5 - 3.2
Rainbow Trout Gill net 3.00 N/A 0.38 N/A
White Sucker Trap net 0.25 0.2 - 0.7 2.95 1.0 - 2.8
Gill net 1.25 0.5 - 2.0 2.69 1.6 - 2.6
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.25 0.4 - 2.3 0.33 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.00 1.5 - 13.8 0.41 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 2012 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
bluegill 54 122 0 0 0 0 0 0 184
hybrid sunfish 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
largemouth bass 3 9 12 8 0 0 0 0 32
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3
rainbow trout 0 2 9 1 0 0 0 0 12
white sucker 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 6
yellow perch 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 5


For the record, the largest Shovelnose Sturgeon taken in Minnesota weighed 5 lbs., 9 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River near Red Wing, Goodhue County
    When: 6/4/07
    Statistics: 36" length, 11 7/8" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Rainbow Trout yearlings 2,008 591.0
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 3,000 1,195.0
2012 Brook Trout adults 133 107.4
  Brook Trout fingerlings 2,973 341.3
  Brown Trout yearlings 2,000 377.4
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 2,000 516.8
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 3,005 472.5
2011 Rainbow Trout yearlings 5,000 1,661.1
2010 Brook Trout yearlings 2,000 270.3
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 5,000 1,592.4
2009 Rainbow Trout yearlings 5,006 1,889.5
2008 Brook Trout yearlings 8,611 2,158.6
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 5,000 1,666.7
2007 Brook Trout fingerlings 9,192 349.2
  Brook Trout yearlings 3,035 948.5
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 5,000 1,938.0
2006 Brook Trout yearlings 3,112 1,248.5
  Brook Trout adults 124 135.4
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 5,000 2,525.3
2005 Brook Trout yearlings 3,790 1,301.8
  Brook Trout fingerlings 1,182 55.2
  Brook Trout adults 143 173.6
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 5,000 1,602.6
2004 Brook Trout yearlings 3,029 977.0
  Brook Trout fingerlings 2,410 76.5
  Brook Trout adults 204 233.1
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 5,000 1,388.9

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

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 07/02/2012)

Huntington Mine Lake is a former open pit iron mine located northwest of Ironton that has filled with water. This mine pit lake has also been called Martin and Feigh. The maximum water depth is over 250 ft in the eastern end of the lake. The water is very clear with visibility to a depth of over 30 ft. A gravel boat launch is located on the north shore in the western portion of the lake and is accessed from County Road 127 along a recently improved gravel road. A carry-in access is located in the southeastern corner of the lake across from the Pennington Mine Lake access.

Huntington is a designated stream trout lake. Designated stream trout lakes have additional angling regulations. Be sure to consult the current Minnesota Fishing Regulations book for regulations, seasons, and possession limits before fishing designated trout waters. Huntington is within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. The paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail runs along the south side of the lake and numerous mountain bike trails traverse the surrounding overburden/tailings piles.

A survey of the fish community and aquatic habitat in Huntington Mine Lake was conducted in early July 2012. The total catch in the gill nets was an average of 19.3 fish per set which is comparable to other Cuyuna mine pit lakes where average gill net catches have ranged from 2 to 63 total fish per net in recent surveys (median of 10.5 fish per net). Six species were captured in the gill nets and about half of the total catch was bluegills. The rainbow trout catch of 3 per gill net was above average compared to other recent nettings in nearby mine pit lakes. All of the rainbow trout were about 9 to 13 inches long and appeared to be age-1 fish from yearling stockings a few months earlier in April or May 2012. The northern pike catch of 0.8 per net was lower than recently found in most other Cuyuna mines. The northern pike ranged from 23 to 32 inches long with an average weight of nearly 5 pounds. Bluegills also comprised most of the trap net catch and were approximately 6 to 8 inches long. The other species found were largemouth bass, white sucker, and yellow perch.

The dissolved oxygen and temperature profiles measured in July 2012 showed conditions suitable for trout occurred from a depth of about 20 ft down to at least 48 ft with the best temperatures and oxygen conditions for rainbow trout (52 - 66 F, greater than or equal to 5 ppm DO) occurring in about 14 vertical ft from a depth of about 21 ft through 34 ft. The water chemistry had low phosphorus and chlorophyll, but had fairly high ionic strength, alkalinity, and pH.

Rainbow trout were first stocked into Huntington Mine in 1982. Stockings in the 1980's were variable in species (mostly rainbow and brook trout with occasional brown trout), numbers and sizes, but since the mid 1990's usually about 5,000 rainbow and 3,000 brook trout yearlings have been stocked annually in the spring. Starting in 2011 the base stocking of brook trout was eliminated, but stocking of surplus brook trout has occurred since then. Future stocking plans continue the 5,000 rainbow yearlings annually with occasional brook trout stockings likely.


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 B0522 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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