Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Calhoun

Nearest Town: Minneapolis
Primary County: Hennepin
Survey Date: 07/20/2014
Inventory Number: 27003100
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Carry-In
City Concrete


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): 419.41
Littoral Area (acres): 123
Maximum Depth (ft): 82
Water Clarity (ft): 13

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 2014 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 3.67 1.8 - 21.2 0.19 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 2.44 2.5 - 16.5 0.18 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 41.56 7.5 - 62.5 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 60.67 N/A 0.20 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.22 0.4 - 1.3 7.37 2.3 - 4.1
Common Carp Gill net 0.11 0.3 - 3.0 12.55 1.9 - 5.2
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.22 0.2 - 1.3 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.67 N/A 0.16 N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.11 0.3 - 0.8 1.61 0.4 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.11 N/A 2.58 N/A
Gill net 5.67 1.5 - 7.3 3.12 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.11 0.7 - 4.2 0.11 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.20 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 1.2 0.90 0.8 - 2.8
Gill net 1.89 1.2 - 6.3 1.78 1.2 - 2.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.22 0.3 - 1.7 0.07 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.11 2.0 - 27.9 0.11 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 2014 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 1 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 54
bluegill 326 588 0 0 0 0 0 0 914
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
green sunfish 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
largemouth bass 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 3 1 3 23 17 4 51
pumpkinseed 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
walleye 0 0 1 6 8 1 1 0 17
yellow perch 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 11


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

    Where: Lake Superior, St. Louis County
    When: 6/23/89
    Statistics: 31.4" length, 20.6" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Muskellunge fingerlings 123 24.6
  Walleye yearlings 12,684 604.0
2010 Muskellunge fingerlings 127 21.2
2009 Tiger Muskellunge1 fingerlings 480 141.2
  Walleye fingerlings 2,430 212.8
  Walleye fingerlings 7,561 256.9
  Walleye yearlings 248 90.0
2007 Tiger Muskellunge1 fingerlings 500 191.6
2006 Walleye fingerlings 2,356 567.0
2005 Tiger Muskellunge1 fingerlings 176 51.8
  Tiger Muskellunge1 fingerlings 324 95.3

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
CALHOUN
Hennepin Co., 27003100
Bluegill Sunfish     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
Crappie     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
Largemouth Bass     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
Walleye   shorter than 15" 15" or longer   Mercury
White Sucker   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
CALHOUN
Hennepin Co., 27003100
Bluegill Sunfish     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
Crappie     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
Largemouth Bass     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
Walleye   shorter than 20" 20" or longer   Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

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 07/20/2014)

Calhoun is a 401-acre lake located in south Minneapolis that is primarily managed as a Muskellunge and Walleye fishery. A boat launch operated by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is located on the northeast corner of the lake, with a limited amount of street parking nearby. From 2013 and still in place as of this report (early spring 2015), city-imposed inspections for aquatic invasive species include evening / overnight ramp closures. Additionally, there is a fishing pier and ample shore fishing opportunities as the lake is encircled by bike and pedestrian paths. Motor use is restricted to electric-only; other motors may remain attached but must be propped up. A population assessment was conducted during the summer of 2014 to determine the species composition and abundance of game fish in the lake.

2014's gill net catch of 1.9 Walleye per gill net was below average for this type of lake. Few large Walleyes were sampled, but the average size was good (16.6 inches and 1.68 pounds). Sixty-three percent of the sampled fish exceeded 15 inches in length. Walleye growth was average when compared to similar lakes; fish reached 13.8 inches by age 3 and 18.5 inches by age 5.

The catch of 5.7 Northern Pike per gill net is above average. Additionally, Northern Pike displayed a good size structure, with an average length and weight of 23.2 inches and 3.06 pounds. Eighty percent of the measured fish were longer than 21 inches, and 12% were longer than 28 inches. Ages 1-7 were sampled, and the fish are growing at a fast rate for this Lake Class.

Black Crappie abundance remains low, at 2.4 fish/ gill net in the 2014 survey. The fish averaged 7.0 inches and 0.17 pounds. Ten percent of the sample was longer than 8 inches and the largest fish measured 8.8 inches.

At 41.6 fish per trap net, Bluegill relative abundance was above median levels for this type of lake. Sampled Bluegill averaged 5.9 inches and only 3 percent of the catch exceeded 7.0 inches. The population is dominated by small individuals where fish reached an average length of 6.2 inches by age 5.

In 2014, 1.1 Yellow Perch per gill net were caught, which is low for this Lake Class. None of the sampled fish exceeded 8 inches, and the average size was 6.2 inches and 0.10 pounds.

Other fish sampled during this survey included Hybrid Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Green Sunfish, Bowfin and Common Carp.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
7050 E Hwy 101, Suite 100
Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone: (952) 496-4141
Internet: West Metro Fisheries
E-Mail: MetroWest.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 C2718 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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