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Name: Chippewa

Nearest Town: Brandon
Primary County: Douglas
Survey Date: 08/03/2009
Inventory Number: 21014500
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1175.02
Littoral Area (acres): 505
Maximum Depth (ft): 95
Water Clarity (ft): 11

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


Did you know? Fishing piers are installed on lakes to provide opportunities for shore fishing.

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 1.33 0.3 - 1.7 0.34 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 1.00 0.2 - 1.1 0.64 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 17.58 3.7 - 42.9 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.17 N/A 0.19 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.17 0.3 - 1.1 5.92 3.9 - 5.1
Common Carp Trap net 0.33 0.2 - 1.0 6.32 3.5 - 7.4
Gill net 0.08 0.1 - 0.5 8.46 3.1 - 7.1
Freshwater Drum Trap net 0.08 0.1 - 0.6 7.40 7.3 - 10.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 4.00 N/A 0.18 N/A
Gill net 0.67 N/A 0.41 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.08 0.4 - 1.4 0.15 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 1.42 0.3 - 1.2 1.41 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.50 N/A 3.06 N/A
Gill net 2.33 3.0 - 7.9 2.40 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.92 1.6 - 6.9 0.09 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.08 N/A 0.22 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 1.25 0.7 - 3.3 0.42 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 1.42 1.0 - 6.6 0.28 0.3 - 0.5
Walleye Trap net 0.75 0.3 - 0.9 1.35 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 9.92 4.0 - 9.6 0.91 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Gill net 0.08 1.0 - 3.5 4.01 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.50 0.9 - 4.8 1.00 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 1.25 0.6 - 6.4 1.28 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.00 0.7 - 3.7 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.75 7.1 - 33.9 0.13 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 5 2 21 0 0 0 0 0 28
bluegill 174 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 225
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 5
freshwater drum 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 35 20 0 1 0 0 0 0 56
largemouth bass 0 1 2 15 0 0 0 0 18
northern pike 0 0 1 0 12 15 4 2 34
pumpkinseed 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
rock bass 8 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 32
walleye 0 40 14 34 33 5 2 0 128
white sucker 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 0 3 17 1 0 0 0 21
yellow perch 7 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 21


For the record, the largest Northern Pike taken in Minnesota weighed 45 lbs., 12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Basswood Lake, Lake County
    When: 5/16/29

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye* yearlings 750 50.0
  Walleye fry 1,178,220 11.3
2010 Walleye fry 1,190,804 10.6
2008 Walleye fry 1,194,288 12.0
2006 Walleye fry 1,186,000 9.5
2004 Walleye fry 1,186,040 11.1

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

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
CHIPPEWA
Douglas Co., 21014500
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   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
CHIPPEWA
Douglas Co., 21014500
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Carp All sizes        
Crappie 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 08/03/2009)

Chippewa Lake is a relatively large, mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located northeast of Brandon in Douglas County. Residential development is considered moderate to high, especially around the southern half of the lake. Water quality and clarity are good. Secchi disk measurements typically exceed 10 feet throughout summer months. Consequently, recreational pressure can be heavy, especially during weekend days. A state-owned public access is located on the northeast shore but parking space can be limited. A bay on the southwest portion of the lake can be difficult to find but it is accessible via a narrow, shallow waterway through dense cattails. Aquatic habitats are diverse and include islands, shallow rock bars, protected bays, and dense beds of emergent and submergent vegetation. These habitats support diverse angling opportunities. Anglers can also find quality fishing on adjacent lakes that comprise the Upper Chippewa chain of lakes. These lakes include Devils, Little Chippewa, Whiskey, and Stowes. Chippewa Lake is connected to Devils and Whiskey lakes via non-navigable waterways.

Chippewa Lake is managed for walleye. Largemouth bass and sunfishes are species of secondary management importance. Walleye abundance has increased in recent years and is currently above levels expected for this type of lake. Anglers can expect good numbers of fish in a variety of sizes. Fish collected in gill nets during the 2009 survey ranged from 7.4 to 27.9 inches in length. Average size was 12.9 inches and 0.9 pounds. Smaller average size is due to increased abundance of younger fish. Night electrofishing surveys are completed each fall to capture young walleye and evaluate year class strength. These surveys have indicated that three consecutive strong year classes were produced in 2006, 2007, and 2008. The 2008 year class was exceptionally strong. Catches will likely increase in the near future as this year class recruits to the fishery. Good walleye spawning habitat is abundant and natural reproduction sustains this population. However, walleye fry are stocked on an alternate year basis to supplement natural reproduction.

Spring electrofishing results indicated a high-quality largemouth bass fishery. Abundance was high and size structure was excellent. Mean and maximum size of electrofishing captures were 13.6 and 17.4 inches in length. Bluegill, pumpkinseed, hybrid sunfish, black crappie, rock bass, and yellow perch comprise the panfish community in Chippewa Lake. With exception of the black crappie population, survey data suggests that anglers targeting these species will find moderate to low numbers with most fish being relatively small. Perch numbers are especially low. Black crappie abundance and size structure are relatively good. Northern pike abundance has decreased in recent years. Smaller fish dominate this population but large pike are present.

Other species sampled during the 2009 survey include bowfin (dogfish), common carp, freshwater drum (sheepshead), white sucker, and yellow bullhead. The next lake survey is scheduled for 2013.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
23070 North Lakeshore Dr
Glenwood, MN 56334
Phone: (320) 634-4573
Internet: Glenwood Fisheries
E-Mail: Glenwood.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 C0984 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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