Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Parkers

Nearest Town: Plymouth
Primary County: Hennepin
Survey Date: 06/11/2007
Inventory Number: 27010700

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 100.17
Littoral Area (acres): 67.7
Maximum Depth (ft): 37
Water Clarity (ft): 11.5

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


Did you know? Minnesota has 11,482 lakes 10 acres or larger, of which 5,483 are fishing lakes. Excluding Lake Superior, the state has 3.8 million acres of fishing water. Minnesota's portion of Lake Superior is 1.4 million acres.

Fish Sampled for the 2007 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Gill net 1.33 1.9 - 18.0 0.20 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 312.12 6.5 - 59.6 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 19.67 N/A 0.20 N/A
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.88 0.3 - 2.0 0.06 0.1 - 0.1
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 3.12 N/A 0.21 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.12 0.3 - 0.8 0.15 0.2 - 1.1
Northern Pike Trap net 0.25 N/A 1.16 N/A
Gill net 20.17 2.5 - 7.9 2.73 1.8 - 3.3
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.38 0.8 - 5.3 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 5.00 0.8 - 5.0 0.79 0.4 - 0.7
Gill net 8.00 1.0 - 6.9 0.79 0.4 - 0.7
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2007 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 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
bluegill 1553 1058 0 0 0 0 0 0 2615
green sunfish 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
hybrid sunfish 11 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
largemouth bass 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 0 24 76 21 2 123
pumpkinseed 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
yellow bullhead 1 4 63 20 0 0 0 0 88


For the record, the largest Coho Salmon taken in Minnesota weighed 10 lbs., 6.5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Superior near Baptism River
    When: 11/7/70
    Statistics: 27.3" length

Fish Consumption Guidelines

No fish consumption guidelines are available for this lake. For more information, see the "Fish Consumption Advice" pages at the Minnesota Department of Health.


Status of the Fishery (as of 06/11/2007)

Parkers Lake is a 97-acre, class 30 lake within the city of Plymouth. Boat access to the lake is through a city maintained concrete boat ramp on the north end of the lake and shore access is available from a public fishing pier located on the west side of the lake. Northern pike and bluegill were the most abundant game fish during this survey but largemouth bass are also an important game fish in this lake.

Northern pike abundance is at an all time high for Parkers Lake. Gill nets averaged 20.2 northern pike per net, and mean weight was 2.7 pounds. Lengths ranged from 17.7 to 32 inches and averaged 22.6 inches. The size structure of this population includes a large number of fish between 20 and 25 inches and 8 percent of the population is longer than 28 inches.

Bluegill trap net catches (312.1 per net) were very high compared with similar lakes. Similar to northern pike, this marks the highest bluegill abundance for Parkers Lake. These fish tend to be small, averaging 5.3 inches and 0.1 pounds. Only 25 percent of the population is longer than 6 inches and no fish greater than 8 inches were sampled.

Other sunfish species sampled during this survey include pumpkinseed, hybrid, and green sunfish, however abundance is low and sizes are small (mean lengths are 4.4, 6.0, and 4.1 inches for the respective species).

Black crappie were sampled in below average numbers (1.3 per net) and have been below the normal range since 1985. Sampled black crappies ranged from 6.4 to 8.5 inches and averaged 7.4 inches.

Largemouth bass were not targeted during this survey, however one three-year-old bass was sampled that measured 7.2 inches and weighed 0.2 pounds.

Yellow bullhead were at above average density and weight (average weight = 0.8 pound). Lengths ranged from 5.9 to 13.6 and averaged 11 inches.


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 C1342 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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