Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: PICKEREL

Nearest Town: LILYDALE
Primary County: Dakota
Survey Date: 07/06/2004
Inventory Number: 19-0079-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Unknown Entire lake within Lilydale-Harriet Island Regional Park.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 90.80
Littoral Area (acres): 90.80
Maximum Depth (ft): 11.00
Water Clarity (ft): 3.10

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


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Fish Sampled up to the 2004 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.5 1.5 - 48.5 0.85 0.1 - 0.3
  Trap net 0.4 1.8 - 26.3 0.80 0.1 - 0.4
Black Crappie Gill net 4.5 1.5 - 7.5 0.19 0.1 - 0.4
  Trap net 2.2 1.9 - 13.0 0.17 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Gill net 6.0 N/A - N/A 0.06 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 59.0 3.1 - 24.9 0.05 0.1 - 0.3
Bowfin (Dogfish) Trap net 0.4 0.4 - 1.4 4.50 3.1 - 3.9
Common Carp Gill net 0.5 N/A - N/A 4.62 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 0.1 0.4 - 1.6 4.57 3.1 - 9.2
Freshwater Drum Trap net 0.1 N/A - N/A 5.51 N/A - N/A
Golden Shiner Gill net 0.5 0.5 - 5.1 0.17 0.1 - 0.1
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 2.8 N/A - N/A 0.05 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.5 0.9 - 4.3 0.75 0.4 - 1.1
Northern Pike Gill net 3.5 2.8 - 10.0 3.55 1.5 - 3.3
  Trap net 1.4 N/A - N/A 3.03 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Trap net 0.7 0.8 - 7.2 0.05 0.1 - 0.3
Redhorse Trap net 0.1 N/A - N/A 3.13 N/A - N/A
Snapping Turtle Trap net 1.0 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Walleye Gill net 0.5 1.0 - 4.0 3.13 1.2 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 1.5 0.5 - 4.3 0.95 0.3 - 0.5
  Trap net 0.7 0.6 - 5.3 1.01 0.3 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 0.5 2.5 - 23.3 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2004 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 Bullhead 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 5
Black Crappie 18 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 29
Bluegill 180 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 185
Hybrid Sunfish 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
Largemouth Bass 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Northern Pike 0 0 0 0 1 11 8 0 20
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Walleye 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Yellow Bullhead 0 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 9
Yellow Perch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1


For the record, the largest Longnose Gar taken in Minnesota weighed 16 lbs., 12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: St. Croix River, Prescott
    When: 5/4/82
    Statistics: 53" length, 16.5" girth

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 07/06/2004)

Pickerel Lake is shallow lake located in Lilydale-Harriet Island Regional Park. Public shorefishing is available along the northwest shore. There is also a carry-in boat ramp - outboard motors are not allowed. A winter aeration system was installed in 2005. Follow fish consumption guidelines for Mississippi River.

Bluegill are abundant, but small with and average length of 4.5 inches. Black crappie are present in low to moderate numbers with an average length of 6.5 inches and a few up to 11 inches. Northern pike are abundant and ranged in length from 19 to 30 inches, with a 24 inch average. Other species present in low numbers are pumpkinseed sunfish, largemouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, carp, redhorse, freshwater drum, bowfin, black bullhead, yellow bullhead, and golden shiner.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1200 Warner Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
Phone: (651) 259-5831
Internet: East Metro Fisheries
E-Mail: MetroEast.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 C2777 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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