Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Christmas (Wolsfeld)

Nearest Town: Excelsior
Primary County: Hennepin
Survey Date: 06/25/2007
Inventory Number: 27013700

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 267.16
Littoral Area (acres): 77
Maximum Depth (ft): 87
Water Clarity (ft): 20

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


Did you know? Ongoing habitat improvement and maintenance work is conducted on trout streams that have publicly owned land or easements.

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 Bullhead Gill net 0.17 0.3 - 1.9 1.03 0.3 - 0.9
Black Crappie Trap net 0.89 0.5 - 2.2 0.32 0.3 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 51.22 7.7 - 43.4 0.19 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 3.33 N/A 0.19 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 1.0 4.10 2.6 - 4.9
Common Carp Trap net 0.33 0.1 - 0.9 11.55 3.1 - 10.6
Green Sunfish Trap net 2.00 0.6 - 2.0 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 4.33 N/A 0.25 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 1.44 0.4 - 1.5 0.21 0.2 - 0.7
Gill net 0.33 0.5 - 1.7 0.10 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.44 N/A 0.55 N/A
Gill net 11.33 2.2 - 8.7 1.92 1.5 - 3.2
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.22 1.4 - 5.9 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.50 N/A 0.12 N/A
Rainbow Trout Trap net 0.33 N/A 2.54 N/A
Gill net 3.00 N/A 3.45 N/A
White Sucker Gill net 0.17 0.5 - 2.0 3.22 1.6 - 2.6
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 2.22 1.0 - 5.3 0.65 0.5 - 0.9
Gill net 2.33 1.0 - 6.0 0.78 0.4 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.11 0.4 - 2.3 0.09 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 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 bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 8
bluegill 148 333 0 0 0 0 0 0 481
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3
green sunfish 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
hybrid sunfish 7 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 39
largemouth bass 7 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 15
northern pike 0 0 1 12 35 11 8 5 72
pumpkinseed 15 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
rainbow trout 0 0 0 0 12 9 0 0 21
white sucker 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 4 20 10 0 0 0 0 34
yellow perch 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1


For the record, the largest Carp taken in Minnesota weighed 55 lbs., 5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Clearwater Lake, Wright County
    When: 7/10/52
    Statistics: 42" length, 31" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,000 513.0
2012 Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,001 446.9
2011 Rainbow Trout adults 141 753.4
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,000 333.3
2010 Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,000 471.7
  Rainbow Trout adults 72 411.6
2009 Rainbow Trout adults 66 660.0
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,000 388.4
2008 Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,000 458.7
2007 Rainbow Trout yearlings 999 473.5
  Rainbow Trout adults 336 1,500.2
2006 Rainbow Trout adults 269 870.3
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,000 485.4
2005 Rainbow Trout adults 50 384.6
  Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,000 546.5
2004 Rainbow Trout yearlings 1,000 495.1

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
CHRISTMAS
Hennepin Co., 27013700
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   shorter than 19" 19" or longer   Mercury
Rainbow Trout All sizes        
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
CHRISTMAS
Hennepin Co., 27013700
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Carp All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Rainbow Trout All sizes        
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 06/25/2007)

Christmas Lake is a 265-acre class 23 lake in Hennepin County. A public boat access is located on the north side of the lake, however parking is limited. Christmas Lake is unique because it is one of the few lakes in the Metro Region that can support a two-story fishery. This means sufficient oxygen levels and cool water temperatures in deeper portions of the lake allow the over-summer survival of cold-water species, while warm-water species inhabit the warmer water above the thermocline. Thus, rainbow trout and occasionally brown trout have been stocked since 1986 to utilize this unique resource.

A total of 21 rainbow trout were sampled which represents the highest catch of rainbow trout in Christmas Lake to date. Mean length and weight was 19.5 inches and 3.5 pounds for gill net caught rainbow trout.

Bluegill abundance is high for this type of lake. Thirtyfour percent of bluegills are larger than 7 inches and individuals up to 8.2 inches were sampled. Pumpkinseed, hybrid, and green sunfish were also sampled but at considerably lower densities.

Northern pike in Christmas Lake are abundant but tend to be small. Average length was 19.6 inches and mean weight was 1.92 pounds. Despite the small average size, 19 percent are longer than 25 inches, which has increased from 5 percent in 2001.

Thirteen largemouth bass were sampled representing 5 year classes, ranging from 2 - 7 years old. Mean length was 6.8 inches and mean weight was 0.3 pounds.

Although not overly abundant, other species of interest to anglers are black crappie, and yellow perch.


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 C0967 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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