Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Potato

Nearest Town: Park Rapids
Primary County: Hubbard
Survey Date: 07/21/2010
Inventory Number: 29024300
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Asphalt County-owned access located on the west bay.
DNR Concrete State-owned access located on the north shore.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 2096.05
Littoral Area (acres): 426
Maximum Depth (ft): 87
Water Clarity (ft): 5

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 2010 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Bluegill Trap net 10.80 3.7 - 42.9 0.20 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 4.87 N/A 0.13 N/A
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 1.7 1.27 0.7 - 1.1
Gill net 0.20 0.3 - 1.6 1.32 0.7 - 1.2
Common Shiner Trap net 0.07 N/A 0.05 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.13 0.4 - 1.4 1.71 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 0.47 0.3 - 1.2 1.21 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.33 N/A 2.04 N/A
Gill net 7.33 3.0 - 7.9 2.36 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.40 1.6 - 6.9 0.18 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 4.53 N/A 0.11 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.47 0.7 - 3.3 0.35 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 22.00 1.0 - 6.6 0.37 0.3 - 0.5
Shorthead Redhorse Gill net 0.33 0.1 - 0.5 4.79 1.5 - 2.7
Smallmouth Bass Trap net 0.07 0.1 - 0.6 1.12 0.1 - 0.6
Gill net 1.33 0.2 - 0.9 1.77 0.9 - 1.8
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 1.47 0.5 - 5.2 0.39 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 0.9 4.10 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 6.33 4.0 - 9.6 1.78 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Trap net 0.13 0.2 - 0.8 2.81 1.4 - 2.7
Gill net 1.40 1.0 - 3.5 2.33 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.27 0.9 - 4.8 1.00 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 4.33 0.6 - 6.4 0.80 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.20 0.7 - 3.7 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 3.93 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 2010 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
bluegill 107 128 0 0 0 0 0 0 235
brown bullhead 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4
common shiner 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
largemouth bass 1 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 9
northern pike 0 0 0 2 40 55 12 6 115
pumpkinseed 59 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 74
rock bass 79 190 54 0 0 0 0 0 337
shorthead redhorse 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 5
smallmouth bass 0 0 4 9 8 0 0 0 21
tullibee (cisco) 0 18 1 1 2 0 0 0 22
walleye 0 4 7 24 41 15 4 0 96
white sucker 0 0 1 3 16 3 0 0 23
yellow bullhead 0 8 43 15 0 0 0 0 69
yellow perch 13 45 4 0 0 0 0 0 62


For the record, the largest Chinook Salmon (King) taken in Minnesota weighed 33 lbs., 4 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Poplar River, Cook County
    When: 9/23/89
    Statistics: 44.75" length, 25.75" girth

    and by

    Where: 10/12/89
    When:
    Statistics: Lake Superior, St. Louis County

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fingerlings 15,351 850.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 13,862 850.0
2009 Walleye adults 146 34.0
  Walleye fingerlings 13,831 721.0
  Walleye yearlings 810 95.0
2007 Walleye yearlings 2,069 347.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,997 362.0
  Walleye adults 431 287.0
2005 Walleye adults 110 112.0
  Walleye fingerlings 9,178 551.0
  Walleye yearlings 434 102.0

Privately Stocked Fish
* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

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
POTATO
Hubbard Co., 29024300
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Rock Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Smallmouth Bass     All sizes   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
POTATO
Hubbard Co., 29024300
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike All sizes        
Rock Bass All sizes        
Smallmouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     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 07/21/2010)

Potato Lake is located seven miles north of Park Rapids in Hubbard County. Potato Lake has a surface area of 2,100 acres and a maximum depth of 95 feet. A state-owned public access is located on the north shore and a county-owned access is located on the west "arm" of the lake. Boating access with small craft is also available from the river connecting to Eagle Lake. There is a fixed crest dam at the outlet that prevents boat travel downstream. The fixed crest dam was installed in 2004 and the design allows for fish passage. Potato Lake is a very popular fishing lake in the Park Rapids area. Potato Lake is well known for its walleye population, but also provides angling opportunities for northern pike smallmouth bass, and panfish.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different types based on physical, chemical, and other characteristics. Potato Lake is in lake class 22. Other area lakes in this same classification include: Big Sand, Lower Bottle, Kabekona, and Long.

Walleye abundance (6.3 walleye/gillnet) was at the current management goal of 6.0 walleye/gillnet. Walleye gillnet catch rates since the early 1980's have been similar, fluctuating within the range "typical" for this lake class and around the current management goal. Anglers will find good numbers of walleye in the 14-18 inch size range, with walleye measured up to 27.9 inches. Potato Lake is currently stocked with walleye during odd numbered years. Yellow perch abundance (3.9 perch/gillnet) was down from past surveys. Average size of yellow perch is small (5.5 inches), however, a few larger perch are present with fish measured up to 11.2 inches.

Northern pike were sampled in moderate numbers (7.3 pike/gillnet), within the range "typical" for this lake class and similar to other surveys since the late 1990's. Northern pike abundance fluctuated from low to moderate numbers in earlier surveys. Sampled northern pike had an average length and weight of 21.2 inches and 2.3 pounds. The number of larger pike (> 28.0 inches) sampled was higher than past surveys.

Potato Lake supports both a smallmouth bass and largemouth bass fishery. Smallmouth bass are abundant in the rock and gravel bars of the main basin, while largemouth bass are less abundant, and are found in the bulrush stands and submerged aquatic vegetation beds of the west and east "arms". Good numbers of larger smallmouth bass (>15.0 inches) were sampled when compared to other area lakes.

The panfish fishery in Potato Lake is probably known more for its quality than quantity. Black crappie were sampled in low numbers, similar to past surveys. Anglers have reported catching nice-size crappie early in the spring. The west and east "arms" of the lake provide the best black crappie habitat. Bluegill abundance (10.8 bluegill/trapnet) was within the range "typical" for this lake class. Prior to the 2005 survey, bluegill were sampled in low numbers in Potato Lake. Anglers will find bluegill and pumpkinseed in the 6-8 inch size range.

Other species sampled include high numbers of rock bass, and moderate numbers of white sucker, yellow bullhead, and shorthead redhorse. Brown bullhead were sampled in low numbers.


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 B0444 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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