Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Cedar

Nearest Town: Minneapolis
Primary County: Hennepin
Survey Date: 07/13/2009
Inventory Number: 27003900
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Other


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): 8

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


Did you know? Habitat acquisition of lands next to lakes and streams protects spawning areas and shoreline vegetation, and it increases access to fishing waters.

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 Bullhead Gill net 0.17 2.5 - 45.0 0.09 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 2.12 1.8 - 21.2 0.17 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 4.50 2.5 - 16.5 0.07 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 55.50 7.5 - 62.5 0.10 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 23.50 N/A 0.12 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 0.12 0.4 - 2.0 ND 2.6 - 6.0
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.88 N/A 0.09 N/A
Gill net 0.17 N/A 0.11 N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 1.33 0.3 - 0.8 0.58 0.4 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.25 N/A 0.94 N/A
Gill net 1.33 1.5 - 7.3 4.70 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.00 0.7 - 4.2 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.67 N/A 0.13 N/A
Tiger Muskellunge Gill net 0.50 N/A 8.00 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.38 0.3 - 1.2 0.42 0.8 - 2.8
Gill net 3.83 1.2 - 6.3 1.94 1.2 - 2.7
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.12 0.9 - 5.7 1.17 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.75 0.3 - 1.7 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 4.83 2.0 - 27.9 0.14 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 bullhead 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 30 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 44
bluegill 516 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 585
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
largemouth bass 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 8
northern pike 0 0 1 0 2 0 4 3 10
pumpkinseed 20 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 26
tiger muskellunge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
walleye 1 1 1 9 8 6 0 0 26
yellow bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
yellow perch 11 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 43


For the record, the largest Pink Salmon taken in Minnesota weighed 4 lbs., 8 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Cascade River, Cook County
    When: 9/9/89
    Statistics: 23.5" length, 13.2" girth

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 fingerlings 2,835 92.7
  Walleye yearlings 115 23.0
2007 Tiger Muskellunge* fingerlings 160 60.8
  Walleye* fingerlings 2,022 120.0
2005 Walleye fingerlings 1,168 107.7
2004 Tiger Muskellunge* fingerlings 200 45.2

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
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 07/13/2009)

Cedar Lake is a 169 acre class 24 lake located in the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. These lakes are heavily impacted by the surrounding city. Storm water runoff impairs water quality. Numerous water quality improvement projects have been implemented, minimizing impacts from the surrounding city. Motor restrictions on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes prevent Cedar Lake from experiencing heavy surface use. There is carry-in access near the fishing pier. Shore fishing is very popular on Cedar Lake.

The predator community in Cedar Lake is diverse. Four species are present. Cedar Lake walleye abundance increased to the highest value ever recorded. Stocking fingerlings is responsible for this increase. Walleye stocking began in 2005. Stockings occurred in 2007 and 2009, and will continue in odd numbered years. Walleye mean length was 16.26 inches. Mean weight was 1.94 pounds. Both abundance and average weight were above average. Northern pike numbers were low. This is typical of Cedar Lake. In the 2009 population assessment largemouth bass abundance was high. Largemouth bass averaged 9.53 inches and 0.58 pounds. Keep in mind standard lake survey gear does not consistently provide an accurate estimate of LMB abundance. Hybrid muskellunge, also called tiger muskie, are present in Cedar Lake. Stocking of hybrid muskellunge occurs once every three years.

Five species of panfish are present in Cedar Lake. Black crappie abundance is below average. Very few large fish were sampled. Bluegill abundance decreased compared to the 2005 survey, but stayed within Cedar Lake's average range. Abundance remains above average and average weight increased slightly. Only 11.4% of sampled bluegill were greater than 6 inches. The bluegill poulation in Cedar Lake is stunted. Yellow perch abundance in Cedar Lake is below average. Mean weight of yellow perch was average. Pumpkinseed were sampled at an average abundance. Hybrid sunfish were also sampled.

Rough fish are present in very low numbers. Common carp abundance increased slightly since the 2005 survey, but remains low. Black bullhead were also sampled at low abundance. This is typical for Cedar Lake. Yellow bullhead were not sampled. Previous surveys found yellow bullhead to be low as well.

In the Metro area, stunting in size is likely due to overpopulation and size selective harvest by anglers. Overpopulation reduces the amount of food available to all fish, thus reducing growth rates. Harvest of larger (keeper size) fish by anglers reduces the number of quality fish in a lake. Harvesting large fish also removes the spawning stock and reduces the biological incentive to grow large. Larger fish compete for spawning habitat and food more effectively. Thus, fish have more incentive to grow large if large fish remain in a lake. Harvesting smaller fish preserves spawning stock and increases the biological incentive to grow large which promotes big fish genetics.


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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