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Name: STANCHFIELD

Nearest Town: PRINCETON
Primary County: Isanti
Survey Date: 07/30/1991
Inventory Number: 30-0138-00
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Unknown Unknown A COUNTY OWNED ACCESS IS LOCATED EAST OF THE DAM STRUCTURE ON THE NORTH END OF THE LAKE,


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 398.00
Littoral Area (acres): 366.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 17.00
Water Clarity (ft): 1.80

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


Did you know? Much of Minnesota's fisheries program is reimbursed by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program (federal excise tax), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish Sampled for the 1991 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Yellow Perch Gill net 19.3 2.0 - 22.3 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.2 0.5 - 5.0 0.20 0.4 - 0.8
White Sucker Gill net 0.5 0.5 - 2.3 0.37 1.6 - 2.5
Walleye Gill net 4.2 0.8 - 3.8 1.16 1.4 - 3.0
Golden Shiner Gill net 1.2 0.6 - 2.8 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
Common Carp Gill net 26.5 0.8 - 4.3 1.08 1.0 - 4.0
Brown Bullhead Gill net 18.5 0.8 - 7.0 0.11 0.3 - 0.8
Bowfin (Dogfish) Gill net 0.2 0.3 - 1.3 2.00 2.0 - 4.4
Black Crappie Gill net 0.3 1.7 - 17.5 0.20 0.1 - 0.3
Black Bullhead Gill net 362.5 7.7 - 104.7 0.12 0.2 - 0.5
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.3 0.4 - 2.8 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.5 1.0 - 7.1 0.67 0.4 - 0.8
White Sucker Trap net 1.3 0.2 - 1.2 1.04 1.3 - 2.5
Walleye Trap net 0.2 0.3 - 0.8 0.20 0.9 - 3.5
Northern Pike Trap net 0.7 N/A - N/A 3.65 N/A - N/A
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.3 0.3 - 2.8 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Golden Shiner Trap net 3.5 0.3 - 1.6 0.08 0.1 - 0.1
Common Carp Trap net 5.5 0.4 - 2.4 1.72 1.8 - 5.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 1.0 0.4 - 5.1 0.50 0.4 - 0.9
Bluegill Trap net 1.2 3.5 - 57.1 0.24 0.1 - 0.3
Black Crappie Trap net 2.2 2.1 - 24.1 0.52 0.2 - 0.4
Black Bullhead Trap net 6.5 1.5 - 58.0 0.12 0.2 - 0.5
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 1991 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
Yellow Perch 31 80 0 0 0 0 0 0 111
Yellow Bullhead 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 4
Walleye 0 0 9 5 10 0 0 0 24
Northern Pike 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4
Green Sunfish 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Brown Bullhead 38 35 5 1 0 0 0 0 79
Bluegill 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Black Crappie 1 6 7 1 0 0 0 0 15
Black Bullhead 27 97 0 0 0 0 0 0 124


For the record, the largest Smallmouth Buffalo taken in Minnesota weighed 20 lbs., 0 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Big Sandy Lake, Aitkin County
    When: 9/20/03
    Statistics: 32" length, 23-3/4" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2011 Walleye fry 2,000,000 17.5

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

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 07/30/1991)

SOUTH STANCHFIELD LAKE IS A SHALLOW FERTILE LAKE WHICH FREQUENTLY WINTERKILLS, MOST RECENTLY A PARTIAL WINTERKILL OCCURRED DURING THE WINTER OF 1988-89. DURING JULY OF 1991, SOUTH STANCHFIELD LAKE WAS SURVEYED WITH SIX GILLNETS, SIX TRAPNETS AND THREE SHORELINE AREAS WERE SEINED. THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS DESCRIBE THE GAMEFISH POPULATIONS IN THE LAKE. SOUTH STANCHFIELD LAKE HAD ABUNDANT POPULATIONS OF BLB AND CAP WHICH IS COMMON IN FERTILE WINTERKILL LAKES. SPAWNING CONDITIONS WERE FAIR TO GOOD FOR PAN, LMB, AND NOP. WAE SPAWNING CONDITIONS WERE POOR. THE WAE NET CATCH (4.17/SET) WAS BETWEEN THE LAKE CLASS MEDIAN (2.67/SET) AND THE THIRD QUARTILE (5.00/ SET). ALL THE WAE CAPTURED WERE TWO YEARS OLD AND ORIGINATED FROM A FRY STOCKING DURING 1989. THE WAE RANGED IN LENGTH FROM 9.5 TO 19.9 INCHES WITH A MEDIAN LENGTH GROUP OF 13.0 TO 13.9 INCHES. BACK-CALCULATED LENGTHS INDICATED A NORMAL GROWTH RATE WHEN COMPARED TO STATEWIDE AVERAGES. THE AVERAGE WAE WEIGHT (1.16 POUNDS) WAS BELOW THE FIRST QUARTILE (1.43 POUNDS), BECAUSE ONLY TWO YEAR OLD FISH WERE CAPTURED. FOR A WAE FISHERY TO EXIST STOCKING MUST BE USED. WAE STOCKING HAS CONSISTED OF STOCKING FRY. HOWEVER, FRY STOCKING HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN SOUTH STANCHFIELD LAKE. DURING 1977, 200,000 FRY WERE STOCKED AND NONE WERE CAUGHT DURING THE LAKE SURVEY OF 1979, AND DURING 1971 430,000 FRY WERE STOCKED AND ONLY ONE WAS CAPTURED DURING A LAKE SURVEY IN 1974. NOP WERE NOT SAMPLED IN THE GILL- NETS AND ONLY FOUR WERE CAPTURED IN THE TRAPNETS (0.67/SET). THIS WAS EQUAL TO THE LAKE CLASS MEDIAN (0.67/SET). THE NOP RANGED IN LENGTH FROM 22.0 TO 27.9 INCHES AND AVERAGED 3.65 POUNDS (THIRD QUARTILE = 3.66 POUNDS). THE NOP WERE TWO AND THREE YEAR OLD FISH, AND BACK-CALCULATED LENGTHS INDICATED A FAST GROWTH RATE. LITTLE HAS CHANGED IN THE NOP POPULATION WITH REGARD TO NET CATCH AND FISH SIZE. THE BLC NET CATCH (2.17/SET) WAS LOW, BELOW THE FIRST QUARTILE (2.25/SET), BUT REMAINED RELATIVELY UNCHANGED FROM THE 1986 SURVEY (3.00/SET). THE BLC RANGED IN LENGTH FROM 5.0 TO 12.9 INCHES WITH MEDIAN LENGTH GROUP OF 9.5 TO 9.9 INCHES. BACK-CALCULATED LENGTHS INDICATED A NORMAL GROWTH RATE, BUT THE AVERAGE BLC WEIGHT (0.52 POUNDS) WAS ABOVE THE THIRD QUARTILE (0.34 POUNDS) FOR THE LAKE CLASS. THE LENGTH AND AVERAGE WEIGHT OF BLC HAVE REMAINED RELATIVELY UNCHANGED SINCE 1979. YOUNG OF THE YEAR (YOY) BLC WERE NOT CAUGHT DURING THE SURVEY. ALTHOUGH SPAWNING HABITAT WAS FAIR TO GOOD, HISTORICALLY THE BLG NET CATCH HAS BEEN LOW. BLG WERE FIRST SAMPLED DURING 1986, AND DURING 1991 THE NET CATCH (1.17/SET) WAS FAR BELOW THE FIRST QUARTILE (7.00/ SET). BLG RANGED IN LENGTH FROM 5.5 TO 7.4 INCHES WITH A MEDIAN LENGTH GROUP OF 6.0 TO 6.4 INCHES. BACK-CALCULATED LENGTHS INDICATED A NORMAL GROWTH RATE AND THE AVERAGE WEIGHT (0.24 POUNDS) WAS BETWEEN THE LAKE CLASS MEDIAN (0.20 POUNDS) AND THE THIRD QUARTILE (0.27 POUNDS). FIFTY-THREE YOY BLG WERE SEINED.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
PO Box 398
306 Power Ave N
Hinckley, MN 55037
Phone: (320) 384-7721
Internet: Hinckley Fisheries
E-Mail: Hinckley.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 B0145 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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