Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Lac Qui Parle

Nearest Town: Milan
Primary County: Lac Qui Parle
Survey Date: 07/03/2013
Inventory Number: 37004600
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete State Park Access. 3 miles N of Lac qui Parle Village off County Road 33.
DNR Concrete Boyds Landing. 3 miles W and 2 miles S of Milan off County Road 33.
DNR Gravel Madison Landing. 3 miles W and 0.5 mile S of Milan off County Road 33 (west side of lake).
DNR Concrete Hanthos. 3 miles S and 6.5 miles E of Louisburg off County Road 68.
DNR Concrete Twin Bridges. 5.5 miles east of Louisburg off MN Hwy 119.
DNR Concrete Milan Bridge North. 3.5 miles west of Milan off MN Hwy 40.
DNR Gravel Milan Bridge South. 3.5 miles west of Milan off MN Hwy 40. Access to fishing pier.
DNR Concrete Engebretsons. 2 miles S of Milan off County Road 31.
DNR Earthen Watson Sag (Brendemoen Bridge). 3 miles SE of Milan off County Road 32.
DNR Concrete Voldens Pit. 4.25 miles SE of Milan off County Road 33.


Fishing Regulations:

Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 5740.74
Littoral Area (acres): 5740.74
Maximum Depth (ft): 15
Water Clarity (ft): 1.9 (1-3.5)

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


Did you know? Each year, DNR fisheries personnel stock game fish fry and fingerlings in lakes lacking habitat for natural reproduction.

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

Bigmouth Buffalo Gill net 1.25 0.3 - 6.1 2.32 N/A
Black Bullhead Gill net 9.67 4.6 - 83.0 0.72 0.2 - 0.6
Black Crappie Gill net 31.08 0.8 - 11.1 0.51 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Gill net 0.08 N/A 0.38 N/A
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.42 0.6 - 7.7 1.16 0.4 - 1.1
Channel Catfish Gill net 9.08 N/A 2.22 N/A
Common Carp Gill net 1.08 0.5 - 9.1 6.23 1.0 - 4.9
Freshwater Drum Gill net 18.67 3.6 - 24.2 0.67 0.3 - 1.0
Northern Pike Gill net 4.08 1.2 - 7.8 3.66 1.5 - 3.0
Quillback Gill net 0.42 N/A 3.60 N/A
Shorthead Redhorse Gill net 3.83 0.6 - 2.8 1.63 1.5 - 2.2
Walleye Gill net 5.33 3.2 - 15.3 1.44 0.9 - 1.9
White Bass Gill net 0.17 0.8 - 7.1 0.91 N/A
White Crappie Gill net 0.25 0.8 - 11.0 0.53 0.2 - 0.4
White Sucker Gill net 4.67 0.8 - 5.9 1.98 1.4 - 2.2
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.42 0.3 - 3.6 0.68 0.5 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 0.92 3.0 - 22.5 0.24 0.1 - 0.4
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
bigmouth buffalo 6 1 0 0 7 0 1 0 15
black bullhead 0 11 91 6 0 0 0 0 116
black crappie 1 163 191 9 0 0 0 0 373
bluegill 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
brown bullhead 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 5
channel catfish 0 3 4 16 38 46 2 0 109
common carp 0 0 0 0 3 5 5 0 13
freshwater drum 3 8 113 88 3 0 0 0 224
northern pike 0 0 2 0 4 16 18 9 49
quillback 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 5
shorthead redhorse 0 0 0 11 35 0 0 0 46
walleye 0 0 3 28 25 8 0 0 64
white bass 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
white crappie 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
white sucker 0 0 0 4 52 0 0 0 56
yellow bullhead 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 5
yellow perch 0 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 11


For the record, the largest Shorthead Redhorse taken in Minnesota weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Rum River near Ramsey, Anoka County
    When: 8/5/83
    Statistics: 27" length, 15" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye 11,766 66.0
  Walleye yearlings 1,309 77.0
  Walleye adults 4,698 1,826.0
  Walleye yearlings 2,768 172.0
  Walleye adults 64 32.0
2011 Walleye adults 1,741 919.0
  Walleye yearlings 3,982 458.0
  Walleye 137,650 75.2
2010 Northern Pike adults 7 17.0
  Walleye yearlings 39,104 1,434.0
  Walleye adults 4,416 2,314.0
  Walleye yearlings 21,390 713.0
  Walleye yearlings 7,044 387.0
  Walleye adults 27 20.0
  Yellow Perch adults 456 152.0
2009 Walleye 306,141 151.3
  Walleye 50,376 237.0
2008 Walleye 22,483 12.3
  Walleye 40,505 181.3
2007 Walleye yearlings 2,251 298.0
  Walleye fry 3,006,617 28.2
  Walleye adults 582 161.0
2006 Walleye yearlings 288 147.0
  Walleye fry 3,000,000 24.0
  Walleye fingerlings 88,722 4,082.0
  Walleye adults 90 139.0
2005 Walleye yearlings 9,714 344.0
  Walleye adults 2,359 439.0
2004 Walleye yearlings 5,041 1,082.0
  Walleye fry 3,200,000 25.8
  Walleye fingerlings 95,549 2,685.0
  Walleye adults 17 50.0

Stocking Notes
1 - indicates fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.
2 - indicates fish purchased by the DNR for stocking.

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
LAC QUI PARLE
Lac Qui Parle Co., 37004600
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Carp All sizes        
Channel Catfish   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   shorter than 21" 21" or longer   Mercury
White Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Yellow Perch   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
LAC QUI PARLE
Lac Qui Parle Co., 37004600
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Carp All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Northern Pike All sizes        
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury
White Bass All sizes        
Yellow Perch 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 07/03/2013)

Lac qui Parle Lake (LQP) is located three miles southwest of Milan in western Minnesota. It is an impoundment of the Minnesota River and its water level is controlled by Churchill Dam. LQP is a highly productive lake that measures 5,589 acres and has a maximum depth of 15 feet. Watersheds that ultimately drain into LQP include the Upper Minnesota, Yellow Bank, Lac qui Parle, Pomme de Terre and a portion of the Chippewa. LQP is operated as a flood control reservoir and some years water levels will fluctuate by more than five feet. Depending on the timing and extent of the water level fluctuations, fish may experience good or poor natural reproduction. Some species do well when spring water levels are high, whereas others benefit from lower water levels.

LQP has frequently provided good fishing for walleye. Walleye numbers have been lower than normal since 2006, with the exception of 2011. This has occurred even though high numbers of walleye fry and fingerlings have been stocked. Five walleye were caught per gill net during 2012, which was slightly below LQP's normal range of 7-27. The walleye were primarily from the 2010 and 2011 year classes and were 12-18 inches. Fingerling stocking and natural reproduction have both made substantial contributions to the walleye population based on marking studies. Natural reproduction has produced the two strongest walleye year classes on record (2001 and 2011), however it has been very inconsistent and the population has been supplemented by stocking when appropriate. The 2011 walleye have grown slowly and were only 13.5 inches after three summers. Normal growth would have been 15.5 inches or larger. Slow growth of walleye has occurred at times on Lac qui Parle Lake and is attributed to low forage availability.

Crappie fishing has been good to excellent in recent years. The crappie population increased substantially following the decrease in the walleye population. High numbers of 2010 and 2011 year class crappie were caught during sampling and those fish are expected to provide continued good fishing. Most crappie in 2013 measured 8-11 inches.

High numbers of freshwater drum and white bass have been present at times. Although these are important forage species for walleye, they also compete with them for resources. Anglers are encouraged to harvest drum and white bass. Both species are good to eat, especially if the small amounts of red meat are trimmed from the fillets. Excellent recipes for cooking drum can be found by searching the internet for "drum recipes".

Several additional species were present in numbers worth pursuing. Northern pike were moderately abundant with fish from the 2007-11 year classes present, including fish that exceeded 30 inches. Channel catfish were abundant with many fish over 20 inches. Very limited angling for channel catfish has been observed. Considering their high numbers and large sizes, catfish enthusiasts should consider a trip to Lac qui Parle Lake.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
811 Pine St
Ortonville, MN 56278
Phone: (320) 839-2656
Internet: Ortonville Fisheries
E-Mail: Ortonville.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 B0176 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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