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Name: Jessie

Nearest Town: Talmoon
Primary County: Itasca
Survey Date: 08/31/2009
Inventory Number: 31078600
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Ownership Type Description
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Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1740.03
Littoral Area (acres): 455
Maximum Depth (ft): 42
Water Clarity (ft): 9

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


Did you know? The DNR Section of Fisheries has a full-time staff of 285. There are 4 regional and 28 area fisheries offices.

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 0.83 0.4 - 2.3 0.43 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.08 0.4 - 2.7 0.72 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 1.92 4.4 - 49.0 0.16 0.1 - 0.2
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.58 0.3 - 1.1 3.39 3.7 - 5.1
Gill net 0.33 0.1 - 0.4 2.91 3.1 - 4.6
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.17 0.3 - 1.6 0.93 0.7 - 1.1
Common Shiner Trap net 0.17 N/A 0.10 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.08 0.3 - 1.3 2.39 0.2 - 0.8
Northern Pike Trap net 0.17 N/A 1.05 N/A
Gill net 2.17 2.8 - 9.0 2.84 1.6 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 3.67 1.8 - 7.8 0.24 0.1 - 0.3
Rock Bass Trap net 0.92 0.5 - 2.5 0.32 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 0.83 0.6 - 3.9 0.20 0.3 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 4.92 0.8 - 6.2 0.49 0.6 - 1.4
Walleye Trap net 1.00 0.2 - 0.8 1.76 1.0 - 2.7
Gill net 19.33 3.3 - 8.8 1.15 1.2 - 2.1
White Sucker Trap net 0.42 0.2 - 1.1 1.07 1.8 - 3.0
Gill net 5.75 0.9 - 4.0 1.14 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Perch Trap net 18.33 0.6 - 3.5 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 50.67 7.0 - 46.3 0.14 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 3 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 11
bluegill 15 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 23
bowfin (dogfish) 0 1 0 1 2 6 1 0 11
brown bullhead 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
common shiner 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
largemouth bass 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 1 10 12 2 3 28
pumpkinseed 15 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 44
rock bass 11 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 21
tullibee (cisco) 0 45 2 5 7 0 0 0 59
walleye 0 1 15 178 31 18 1 0 244
white sucker 2 22 7 17 25 1 0 0 74
yellow perch 390 398 31 0 0 0 0 0 828


For the record, the largest Northern Pike (Silver Phase) taken in Minnesota weighed 18 lbs., 14 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Disappointment Lake, Lake County
    When: 6/28/78
    Statistics: 42" length, 19" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 900,000 9.0
2012 Walleye fry 875,000 8.7
2011 Walleye fry 875,000 8.0
2010 Walleye fry 1,520,000 15.2
2007 Walleye fry 1,755,000 17.6
2006 Walleye fry 1,755,000 17.6

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
JESSIE
Itasca Co., 31078600
Cisco All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Sunfish All sizes        
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
JESSIE
Itasca Co., 31078600
Cisco All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Sunfish All sizes        
Walleye 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 08/31/2009)

Jessie Lake is 1,753 acres, eutrophic lake in northern Itasca County. The Secchi disc transparency during the 2009 assessment was 9.0 feet, indicating moderate water clarity. The lake is fertile and is subject to seasonal algae blooms. The lake management plan lists walleye and northern pike as the primary management species.

Test netting was conducted from 8/31/2009 to 9/3/2009 and consisted of 12 gill net and 12 trap net sets. The lake survey manual recommended 15 gill net and 15 trap net sets, but a decision was made to reduce the number of sets, as the gill net catch of walleye was high and a sufficient sample size was acquired with fewer nets. Reducing the number of nets was also required to reduce gill net mortality. The number of gill net sets was reduced to 10 in 1999 when walleye catches were similarly high.

Yellow perch were the most common species captured in both the gill nets and trap nets. The gill net catch rate of 50.7/net was high compared to similar lakes but was near the mean for Jessie Lake (47.7/gill net), which has a history of high yellow perch catches. Most perch were small and only 18% exceeded 8 inches. Given the relatively poor size structure, angler interest in the perch fishery is likely limited, but some incidental harvest may occur while targeting other species.

Walleye were the second most common species captured in the gill nets. The catch rate of 19.3/gill net was high compared to similar lakes and well above the median of 9.2/gill net for Jessie Lake. Walleye catches from Jessie have fluctuated considerably from a low of 3.9/gill net in 1978 to a high of 22.0/gill net in 1999. The 2009 catch is the second highest on record. Relatively small fish dominated the sample, as most fish were 12 to 15 inches long and were from the strong 2006 year class. Some larger individuals were present, as walleye up to 27 inches were captured. The 2006 year classes comprised 79% of the aged individuals. Strong walleye year classes in Jessie Lake have historically corresponded to years in which walleye fry were stocked as is the case with the 2006 year class. Growth was near the statewide average, with individuals typically exceeded 14 inches by age-4. Jessie Lake has the potential to provide good walleye angling opportunities for several years given the current walleye abundance, walleye size structure, and prey base.

Northern pike were captured at a rate of 2.2/gill net, which is relatively low when compared to similar lakes and below the median of 3.2/gill net for Jessie Lake. Jessie Lake has a history of relatively low pike abundance as catches have only exceeded the median for similar lakes (5.1/gill net) once, in 1958 when a catch of 8.6/gill net was recorded. In 2009, size structure was relatively good as 58% exceeded a quality size of 21 inches, 12% exceeded the angler preferred size of 28 inches, and 8% exceeded 34 inches. Growth was average with individuals exceeding 22 inches by age-4. Given the current density and size structure, good angling opportunities may exist for large northern pike. Given the low density, however, anglers should be encouraged to practice catch and release.

Tullibee were captured at a rate of 4.9/gill net. This catch rate is average when compared to similar lakes. Tullibee catches have varied considerably in Jessie Lake as catches have ranged from 0.7/gill net in 2004 to 18.5/gill net in 1974. The tullibee is important as a prey specie and is often associated with the production of large northern pike and walleye.

Black crappie were captured at a rate of 0.1/gill net and 0.8/trap net, within the expected range when compared to similar lakes but below average for Jessie Lake. Size structure was moderate as most individuals range from 9 to 10 inches. Crappie are difficult to sample in test nets and the low catch may not be indicative of abundance, but given the high walleye abundance, it is likely the crappie population is somewhat suppressed.

Other species captured include bowfin, rock bass, white sucker, bluegill, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, common shiner, and largemouth bass.

The protection of water quality and habitat is critical in maintaining or improving fish and wildlife populations. Unfortunately, human activities often negatively impact our lakes. Fertilized turf-grass lawns and failing septic systems along with the removal of shoreline and aquatic vegetation, mowing to the shore, and installing sand blanket beaches result in destabilized shorelines, uncontrolled erosion, and increased run-off, contributing excess nutrients and sediment to the lake and degrading water quality and habitat. By understanding the cumulative impacts of our actions and taking steps to avoid or minimize them, we can help insure our quality water resources can be enjoyed well into the future. Anglers can further help insure quality fishing by practicing selective harvest and catch and release.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1201 East Hwy 2
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: (218) 327-4430
Internet: Grand Rapids Fisheries
E-Mail: GrandRapids.Fisheries@state.mn.us

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St. Paul, MN 55155
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