Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Stocking

Nearest Town: Park Rapids
Primary County: Hubbard
Survey Date: 06/12/2013
Inventory Number: 29017200

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 101.75
Littoral Area (acres): 45
Maximum Depth (ft): 25
Water Clarity (ft): N/A

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 2013 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.11 1.0 - 29.9 0.10 0.2 - 0.7
Gill net 0.50 3.1 - 47.6 0.85 0.3 - 0.6
Black Crappie Trap net 6.89 0.9 - 8.0 0.26 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 3.75 0.8 - 8.4 0.21 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 34.44 5.9 - 43.3 0.23 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.25 N/A 0.28 N/A
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.11 0.6 - 5.2 1.05 0.4 - 0.9
Golden Shiner Gill net 1.00 0.3 - 1.8 0.13 0.1 - 0.1
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.44 0.3 - 1.0 2.23 0.3 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 2.33 N/A 4.41 N/A
Gill net 21.50 2.3 - 9.2 2.33 1.5 - 2.7
Pumpkinseed Trap net 16.22 1.5 - 9.1 0.30 0.1 - 0.2
Rock Bass Trap net 1.00 0.3 - 1.0 0.36 0.2 - 0.6
Gill net 0.25 0.3 - 1.1 0.10 0.2 - 0.5
White Sucker Gill net 2.75 0.5 - 3.3 2.93 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.67 2.4 - 9.1 1.12 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 1.00 1.0 - 8.0 1.44 0.4 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.56 0.5 - 3.7 0.13 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 13.00 3.7 - 28.4 0.10 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 2013 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 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
black crappie 16 48 13 0 0 0 0 0 77
bluegill 54 252 0 0 0 0 0 0 311
brown bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
golden shiner 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
largemouth bass 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4
northern pike 0 0 2 0 27 60 6 9 107
pumpkinseed 22 122 0 0 0 0 0 0 146
rock bass 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 10
white sucker 0 2 0 0 4 5 0 0 11
yellow bullhead 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0 10
yellow perch 16 49 1 0 0 0 0 0 66


For the record, the largest Silver Redhorse taken in Minnesota weighed 9 lbs., 15 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Big Fork River, Koochiching County
    When: 4/16/04
    Statistics: 26.6" length, 16 7/8" 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 06/12/2013)

Stocking Lake is a small, 101 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 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 is in lake class 34. Class 34 lakes are generally shallow lakes with hard water. 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 abundance (21.5 pike/gillnet) was the highest recorded for all surveys dating back to 1962. Sampled northern pike had an average length and weight of 21.7 inches and 2.3 pounds, with pike measured up to 33.0 inches. Important northern pike forage species such as white sucker, golden shiner, and yellow perch were sampled in good numbers. Stocking Lake supports an abundant panfish population composed of black crappie, bluegill, and pumpkinseed. Anglers can expect to find black crappie in the 8-9 inch size range and bluegill and pumpkinseed in the 6-8 inch size range. Stocking Lake also supports a good largemouth bass population. Good water quality, aquatic vegetation cover, and spawning substrate provide excellent habitat for largemouth bass in Stocking Lake.


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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