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Name: STOCKING

Nearest Town: Park Rapids
Primary County: Hubbard
Survey Date: 06/04/2003
Inventory Number: 29-0172-00

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 88.00
Littoral Area (acres): 45.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 25.00
Water Clarity (ft): 12.00

Dominant Bottom Substrate: sand, detritus, muck
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 14.00


Did you know? Fisheries personnel monitor and regulate aquaculture, fishing tournaments, commercial fishing operations, aquatic plant management, and aeration.

Fish Sampled up to the 2003 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 2.8 3.1 - 47.6 0.64 0.3 - 0.6
  Trap net 2.1 1.0 - 29.9 0.72 0.2 - 0.7
Black Crappie Gill net 5.8 0.8 - 8.4 0.19 0.1 - 0.3
  Trap net 16.8 0.9 - 8.0 0.25 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Gill net 2.0 N/A - N/A 0.10 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 51.7 5.9 - 43.3 0.18 0.1 - 0.3
Brown Bullhead Trap net 6.2 0.6 - 5.2 0.94 0.4 - 0.9
Golden Shiner Gill net 3.5 0.3 - 1.8 0.10 0.1 - 0.1
  Trap net 3.4 0.2 - 1.1 0.07 0.1 - 0.1
Hybrid Sunfish Gill net 0.3 N/A - N/A 0.25 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.1 0.3 - 1.0 0.19 0.3 - 1.2
Northern Pike Gill net 13.5 2.3 - 9.2 2.60 1.5 - 2.7
  Trap net 0.6 N/A - N/A 1.50 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net 3.8 N/A - N/A 0.14 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 19.6 1.5 - 9.1 0.17 0.1 - 0.2
Rock Bass Trap net 1.3 0.3 - 1.0 0.26 0.2 - 0.6
White Sucker Gill net 1.5 0.5 - 3.3 2.87 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.5 1.0 - 8.0 0.67 0.4 - 0.7
  Trap net 1.6 2.4 - 9.1 0.74 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 15.8 3.7 - 28.4 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
  Trap net 10.3 0.5 - 3.7 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2003 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 1 23 0 0 0 0 0 24
Black Crappie 6 97 9 0 0 0 0 0 112
Bluegill 37 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 84
Brown Bullhead 0 2 16 13 0 0 0 0 31
Hybrid Sunfish 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Largemouth Bass 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Northern Pike 0 0 0 0 15 32 12 0 59
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 45 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 63
Rock Bass 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Yellow Bullhead 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 5
Yellow Perch 20 68 1 0 0 0 0 0 89


For the record, the largest Green Sunfish taken in Minnesota weighed 1 lb., 4.8 oz. and was caught:

    Where: North Arbor Lake, Hennepin County
    When: 6/14/05.
    Statistics: 10.25" length, 110.625" girth

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 06/04/2003)

Stocking Lake is a small 88-acre lake located ten miles northeast of Park Rapids in Hubbard County. Stocking Lake is a relatively shallow lake with a maximum depth of only 25 feet. There is no public access on the lake. There are currently two resorts on the lake. Stocking Lake provides fishing opportunities for northern pike, black crappie, panfish, and largemouth bass.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different types based on physical and chemical characteristics. Stocking Lake is in lake class 34. Other area lakes in this same classification include Alice, Schoolcraft, and Big Stony.

Anglers can expect to find an abundant northern pike population. Northern pike numbers were up with the gillnet catch rate of 13.5 pike/gillnet above the range "typical" for this lake class. Northern pike abundance in past surveys has generally been at moderate levels, fluctuating within the "typical" range. Sampled northern pike had an average length and weight of 22.3 inches and 2.6 pounds. Important northern pike forage species such as yellow perch, golden shiner, and white sucker were sampled in good numbers. Black crappie were sampled in high numbers and anglers can expect to find good numbers of 8.0 inch crappie presently in the lake. Anglers will also find good numbers of bluegill and pumpkinseed, however, they tend to run small with an average length near 6.0 inches. The numbers of bluegill sampled over 7.0 inches was low when compared to other area lakes. Area residents and resort owners on the lake reported good largemouth bass fishing during the summer of 2003. Other species sampled included moderate numbers of brown and black bullhead, and low numbers of yellow bullhead and rock bass.


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 C2036 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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