Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: CHRISTINA

Nearest Town: ASHBY
Primary County: Douglas
Survey Date: 05/30/2005
Inventory Number: 21-0375-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Minnesota DNR Concrete LOCATED ON THE SOUTHWEST END OF THE LAKE OFF OF STATE HIGHWAY 82.


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): 3,978.00
Littoral Area (acres): 3,978.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 14.00
Water Clarity (ft): N/A

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 2005 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Bigmouth Buffalo Gill net 1.8 0.3 - 6.1 0.46 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 1.1 0.2 - 1.5 0.64 1.3 - 5.1
Black Bullhead Gill net 58.3 4.6 - 83.0 0.42 0.2 - 0.6
  Trap net 125.6 1.3 - 78.1 0.38 0.2 - 0.6
Black Crappie Trap net 0.1 1.0 - 12.3 0.46 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 1.8 1.0 - 14.9 0.25 0.2 - 0.4
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.2 0.4 - 9.8 0.41 0.4 - 0.9
Common Carp Gill net 8.0 0.5 - 9.1 0.32 1.0 - 4.9
  Trap net 14.5 0.7 - 5.1 0.40 2.3 - 5.6
Northern Pike Gill net 23.7 1.2 - 7.8 1.04 1.5 - 3.0
  Trap net 2.5 N/A - N/A 1.14 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Trap net 0.2 0.4 - 4.5 0.25 0.1 - 0.3
Yellow Perch Gill net 0.5 3.0 - 22.5 0.11 0.1 - 0.4
  Trap net trace 0.3 - 2.6 0.17 0.1 - 0.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2005 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 1 299 294 1 0 0 0 0 595
Black Crappie 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Bluegill 12 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 36
Brown Bullhead 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
Northern Pike 0 0 0 25 153 14 0 0 192
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Yellow Perch 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4


For the record, the largest Green Sunfish taken in Minnesota weighed 1 lb., 4.8 oz. and was caught:

    Where: North Arbor Lake, Hennepin County
    When: 6/14/05.
    Statistics: 10.25" length, 110.625" girth

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
CHRISTINA
Douglas Co., 21037500
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
CHRISTINA
Douglas Co., 21037500
Carp All sizes        
Northern Pike   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 05/30/2005)

Lake Christina is a large, shallow basin located near the town of Ashby in west-central Minnesota. The lake is nationally recognized as a critical staging area for migrating waterfowl, especially canvasbacks. The lake is known to alternate between a clear water state in which aquatic macrophytes are dominant and a turbid phase characterized by poor water clarity and high phytoplankton density. Rotenone was used in 1987 and 2003 to reduce the existing fish community and induce a shift from the turbid state to a clear water state. Comprehensive monitoring of the lake ecosystem has followed each chemical treatment. The DNR Section of Fisheries teamed with researchers from the University of St. Thomas to monitor the fish community in 2005

Lake Christina is designated as a Wildlife Management Lake and is managed for migratory waterfowl. The lake is following the same trend as the last time it was treated with rotenone. Water clarity improved dramatically in 2005 and submergent vegetation was lush and abundant. Management efforts will continue to be directed towards minimizing the abundance of fish present in Lake Christina. The lake is closed to fishing.


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
No depth map available.


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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