Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Cedar

Nearest Town: Minneapolis
Primary County: Hennepin
Survey Date: 07/07/2014
Inventory Number: 27003900
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Carry-In


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): 163.79
Littoral Area (acres): 63
Maximum Depth (ft): 51
Water Clarity (ft): 6.1 (4.25-8)

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


Did you know? Much of Minnesota's fisheries program is reimbursed by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program (federal excise tax), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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 Bullhead Gill net 0.50 2.5 - 45.0 0.13 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 3.33 1.8 - 21.2 0.18 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 0.67 2.5 - 16.5 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 22.00 7.5 - 62.5 0.10 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 13.17 N/A 0.12 N/A
Common Carp Gill net 0.17 0.3 - 3.0 7.68 1.9 - 5.2
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.33 0.2 - 1.3 0.04 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.33 N/A 0.14 N/A
Gill net 0.67 N/A 0.11 N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.83 0.3 - 0.8 1.63 0.4 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.11 N/A 6.01 N/A
Gill net 4.50 1.5 - 7.3 4.50 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.22 0.7 - 4.2 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.00 N/A 0.13 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.22 0.3 - 1.2 4.04 0.8 - 2.8
Gill net 0.50 1.2 - 6.3 3.37 1.2 - 2.7
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.11 0.9 - 5.7 0.90 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 2.67 2.0 - 27.9 0.12 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 bullhead 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
black crappie 1 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 34
bluegill 208 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 269
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
green sunfish 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
hybrid sunfish 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
largemouth bass 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 5
northern pike 0 0 0 2 0 5 17 4 28
pumpkinseed 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
walleye 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 5
yellow bullhead 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
yellow perch 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 14


For the record, the largest Brown Bullhead taken in Minnesota weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Shallow Lake, Itasca County
    When: 5/21/74
    Statistics: 24.4" length

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fingerlings 3,640 146.0
2012 Muskellunge fingerlings 63 12.6
2011 Walleye fingerlings 3,828 136.7
2010 Muskellunge fingerlings 67 11.2
2009 Walleye yearlings 115 23.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,835 92.7
2007 Tiger Muskellunge1 fingerlings 160 60.8
  Walleye1 fingerlings 2,022 120.0
2005 Walleye fingerlings 1,168 107.7

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
CEDAR
Hennepin Co., 27003900
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury PFOS
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
Largemouth Bass   shorter than 11" 11" or longer   Mercury PFOS
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury PFOS

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
CEDAR
Hennepin Co., 27003900
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     PFOS
Carp All sizes        
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury PFOS
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury PFOS
Northern Pike   shorter than 28" 28" or longer   Mercury PFOS
Walleye   shorter than 20" 20" or longer   Mercury PFOS

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 07/07/2014)

Cedar is a 169-acre lake located in west-central Minneapolis. It is most upstream in what is known as "the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes." Parkland, maintained by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, surrounds the majority of the lake. This public land provides ample shorefishing opportunities. Cedar has multiple locations to carry in small craft, and larger boats can access from the Lake Calhoun boat ramp and travelling through two channels and Lake of the Isles. Motors are restricted to electric only on the entire chain.

Maximum depth of Cedar Lake is 51 feet and water clarity in early July was 4.2 feet. At that time, the lake was strongly stratified with poor (<2 ppm) dissolved oxygen below 12 feet. The water level was high due to record June rainfall. A population assessment was conducted during July 2014 to determine the species composition and abundance of game fish.

Despite not being stocked, Walleye have been present in low numbers in Cedar Lake for decades. The lake has benefited from the connection to Lake Calhoun, which has been stocked with Walleye since the 1970's. Though, beginning in 2005, Walleye fingerlings have been stocked directly into Cedar Lake in odd numbered years. The previous survey in 2009 netted 3.8 Walleye per gill net which was nearly double the number caught in any previous surveys. However, in the 2014 survey, Walleye abundance was low (0.5/net) and more typical of that found in Cedar in previous surveys (excluding 2009). The four Walleye sampled were 18.4, 21.2, 22.1 and 25.4 inches. Three Walleye were aged and all were from year classes (2007, 2009) stocked directly in to Cedar Lake. Low Walleye numbers in the 2014 survey may indicate poor survival of stocked fingerlings or suggest they migrated to Lake of the Isles and/or Calhoun.

Northern Pike abundance has been historically low in Cedar, averaging 1.6/ gill net over the previous 5 surveys. Although, in 2014, 4.5/net were sampled, which is higher than average for the lake and greater than average when compared to other similar lakes. Even with an increased abundance, size structure of the pike population has remained relatively favorable. Fish averaged 4.5 lbs and 26.3 inches, ranging from 13.0 to 35.8 inches. Twenty-seven Northern Pike were sampled and 8 (29.6%) were 28 inches or longer and 2 (7.4%) were 35 inches or longer.

Cedar Lake usually has high numbers of small Bluegill compared to other similar lakes in the state. Compared to the previous 5 surveys, the 2014 catch (22.0/trap net) was below average (82.2/net), but size was still small. Bluegill sampled in trap nets averaged 5.4 inches and 0.09 lbs. They ranged from 3.1 to 6.6 inches, with only 15.6% longer than 6 inches and none 7 inches or larger; only two of 7-inch size were caught in gillnets.

Black Crappie numbers have been moderately low and relatively consistent over time. In 2014, they were sampled at a rate of 3.3/trap net. The average over the previous 5 surveys was 3.9/net, ranging from 2.1 to 6.0/net. Black Crappie size has been consistently small in Cedar as well, averaging 0.13 lbs over the last 5 surveys. The average crappie was larger in 2014 at 0.18 lbs; however, this is still considered small. Average length was 7.2 inches, the largest measured 9.3 inches, and 16.7% were longer than 8 inches.

Yellow Perch catch was low and well below the average when compared to other similar lakes. Size was small; mean length was 6.7 inches and the largest measured 7.8 inches. Twenty-nine percent were between 7 and 7.8 inches.

Cedar Lake was stocked with hybrid (Tiger) Muskellunge approximately every third year from 1982 to 2007. After 2007, management strategies changed and stocking switched to pure-strain (Leech Lake broodstock) Muskellunge. The current plan calls for stocking 63 Muskellunge fingerlings every other year. Since the standard summer survey methods are not designed to extensively evaluate a Muskellunge population, sampling no Muskellunge in 2014 was not surprising. (Spring trap nets are the preferred gear for Muskellunge assessments.) It is likely a population exists in Cedar Lake due to its stocking history and connection to Lake Calhoun, which has an established Muskellunge fishery.

Passive sampling gear, such as trap and gill nets, are not effective methods for collecting Largemouth Bass, so the numbers from the 2014 assessment are not necessarily representative of the population present. Electrofishing is the typical method for Largemouth Bass assessments but was not conducted. Despite this, 5 Largemouth Bass were sampled in the gill nets, considered high for that gear type. Sampled fish ranged from 10.4 to 17.0 inches, averaging 14.0 inches.

Other species sampled were Black Bullhead, Common Carp, Green Sunfish, hybrid sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, and Yellow Bullhead.


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 C0968 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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