Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Long

Nearest Town: Park Rapids
Primary County: Hubbard
Survey Date: 07/09/2009
Inventory Number: 29016100
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Concrete
County Earthen
DNR Concrete
County Concrete County access located on the south end of the lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1926.07
Littoral Area (acres): 468
Maximum Depth (ft): 135
Water Clarity (ft): 10

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 2009 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 0.40 0.3 - 1.7 0.30 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 2.27 0.2 - 1.1 0.31 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 25.93 3.7 - 42.9 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 10.40 N/A 0.12 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.27 0.3 - 1.1 5.45 3.9 - 5.1
Gill net 0.07 0.1 - 0.2 4.75 3.0 - 5.2
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.07 0.3 - 1.6 1.22 0.7 - 1.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.07 N/A 0.24 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 1.33 0.4 - 1.4 1.03 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 7.73 0.3 - 1.2 0.87 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.07 N/A 3.76 N/A
Gill net 5.93 3.0 - 7.9 3.02 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 4.53 1.6 - 6.9 0.21 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 9.47 N/A 0.16 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 3.33 0.7 - 3.3 0.37 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 11.13 1.0 - 6.6 0.39 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 0.13 0.2 - 0.9 4.45 0.9 - 1.8
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 3.33 0.5 - 5.2 0.63 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.80 0.3 - 0.9 3.82 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 5.80 4.0 - 9.6 2.15 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Trap net 0.07 0.2 - 0.8 3.62 1.4 - 2.7
Gill net 4.20 1.0 - 3.5 2.44 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.53 0.9 - 4.8 0.56 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 7.27 0.6 - 6.4 0.61 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.33 0.7 - 3.7 0.22 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 2.87 7.1 - 33.9 0.16 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 crappie 4 27 8 1 0 0 0 0 40
bluegill 383 157 0 0 0 0 0 0 545
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 5
brown bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
largemouth bass 0 12 84 32 8 0 0 0 136
northern pike 0 0 0 1 30 32 17 10 90
pumpkinseed 118 84 0 0 0 0 0 0 210
rock bass 37 151 20 0 0 0 0 0 217
smallmouth bass 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
tullibee (cisco) 0 4 22 22 2 0 0 0 50
walleye 0 2 4 39 23 18 13 0 99
white sucker 0 1 2 6 48 7 0 0 64
yellow bullhead 2 29 69 17 0 0 0 0 117
yellow perch 6 40 2 0 0 0 0 0 48


For the record, the largest White Crappie taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lbs., 15 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Constance, Wright County
    When: 7/28/02
    Statistics: 18" length, 16" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye fingerlings 2,514 371.0
  Walleye yearlings 2,646 569.0
2010 Walleye1 fingerlings 12,813 1,087.0
2008 Walleye adults 572 510.0
  Walleye fingerlings 10,989 427.0
2006 Walleye fingerlings 12,264 511.0
  Walleye1 fingerlings 7,615 424.0
2005 Walleye1 yearlings 432 193.0
2004 Walleye1 fingerlings 3,070 128.0
  Walleye fingerlings 11,235 470.0

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
LONG
Hubbard Co., 29016100
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   shorter than 23" 23" or longer   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
LONG
Hubbard Co., 29016100
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Largemouth Bass All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   shorter than 22" 22" 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 07/09/2009)

Long Lake is located two miles east of Park Rapids in Hubbard County. Long Lake has a surface area of 1,974 acres and a maximum depth of 135 feet. Long Lake is eight miles long from north to south end. Long Lake has heavy home/cabin development for this area and is a very popular lake for fishing and other water recreation. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different types based on physical, chemical, and other characteristics. Long Lake is in lake class 22. Other Park Rapids area lakes in this same classification include: Big Sand, Lower Bottle, Kabekona, and Potato.

Long Lake is a popular walleye lake and is known for producing some large fish. Walleye abundance (5.8 walleye/gillnet) was near the current management goal of 6.0 walleye/gillnet, similar to recent surveys. Sampled walleye had an average length and weight of 17.0 inches and 2.1 pounds, with fish measured up to 28.5 inches. Important walleye forage species such as yellow perch and tullibee (cisco) were sampled in good numbers. Long Lake is currently stocked with walleye fingerlings during even numbered years.

Northern pike were sampled in moderate numbers (5.9 pike/gillnet), within the range "typical" for this lake class. Sampled northern pike had an average length and weight of 22.7 inches and 3.0 pounds, with pike measured up to 35.0 inches. A good tullibee (cisco) forage base provides the conditions to produce large pike.

Black crappie fishing is popular right after ice-out on the north end of the lake in an area known as "the fill". Black crappie abundance in Long Lake has remained fairly stable, generally at low to moderate levels. Anglers will find good numbers of bluegill and pumpkinseed in Long, however, average size is poor (5.2 inches). Larger bluegill are present in Long, however, the size of bluegill is limited by slow growth rates.

Long Lake supports a healthy largemouth bass population, especially in the north and south bays where there is shallower water and good beds of submerged aquatic vegetation which provides excellent habitat. Anglers will find good numbers of bass in the 12-14 inch size range as well as larger fish.

Other species sampled included high numbers of rock bass, yellow bullhead, and white sucker and low numbers of brown bullhead, bowfin (dogfish), and hybrid sunfish.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
301 S Grove Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Phone: (218) 732-4153
Internet: Park Rapids Fisheries
E-Mail: ParkRapids.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 B0137 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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