Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Lac Qui Parle

Nearest Town: Milan
Primary County: Lac Qui Parle
Survey Date: 08/13/2014
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): 5740.76
Littoral Area (acres): 5740.74
Maximum Depth (ft): 15
Water Clarity (ft): 1.8 (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? Fisheries personnel monitor and regulate aquaculture, fishing tournaments, commercial fishing operations, aquatic plant management, and aeration.

Fish Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Bigmouth Buffalo Gill net 1.08 0.3 - 6.1 1.16 N/A
Black Bullhead Gill net 17.58 4.6 - 83.0 0.28 0.2 - 0.6
Black Crappie Gill net 31.17 0.8 - 11.1 0.63 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.36 N/A
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.42 0.6 - 7.7 0.99 0.4 - 1.1
Channel Catfish Gill net 6.58 N/A 1.85 N/A
Common Carp Gill net 0.67 0.5 - 9.1 8.60 1.0 - 4.9
Freshwater Drum Gill net 43.83 3.6 - 24.2 0.49 0.3 - 1.0
Golden Redhorse Gill net 0.08 N/A 1.91 N/A
Northern Pike Gill net 8.58 1.2 - 7.8 2.64 1.5 - 3.0
Quillback Gill net 0.17 N/A 2.77 N/A
Rock Bass Gill net 0.08 0.2 - 0.7 0.21 0.3 - 0.4
Shorthead Redhorse Gill net 2.00 0.6 - 2.8 1.98 1.5 - 2.2
Silver Redhorse Gill net 0.08 N/A 4.67 N/A
Walleye Gill net 10.33 3.2 - 15.3 1.13 0.9 - 1.9
White Bass Gill net 0.25 0.8 - 7.1 0.10 N/A
White Crappie Gill net 1.08 0.8 - 11.0 0.29 0.2 - 0.4
White Sucker Gill net 2.08 0.8 - 5.9 2.12 1.4 - 2.2
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.50 0.3 - 3.6 0.61 0.5 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 1.08 3.0 - 22.5 0.20 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 2014 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 4 0 6 1 2 0 0 0 13
black bullhead 7 170 28 4 0 0 0 0 209
black crappie 15 89 232 12 1 0 0 0 349
bluegill 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
brown bullhead 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 5
channel catfish 0 4 12 15 27 16 5 0 79
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 8
freshwater drum 5 287 75 143 5 0 0 0 515
golden redhorse 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 2 31 44 17 9 103
quillback 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
rock bass 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
shorthead redhorse 0 0 0 2 22 0 0 0 24
silver redhorse 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
walleye 0 0 45 22 53 4 0 0 124
white bass 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
white crappie 0 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 13
white sucker 0 0 0 2 23 0 0 0 25
yellow bullhead 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 6
yellow perch 1 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 13


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
2014 walleye2 yearlings 13,896 679.0
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 adults 582 161.0
  Walleye fry 3,006,617 28.2
  Walleye yearlings 2,251 298.0
2006 Walleye adults 90 139.0
  Walleye fingerlings 88,722 4,082.0
  Walleye fry 3,000,000 24.0
  Walleye yearlings 288 147.0
2005 Walleye adults 2,359 439.0
  Walleye yearlings 9,714 344.0

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 08/13/2014)

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. However, during recent years walleye numbers have been lower and fishing for them has been slower than preferred. This has occurred even though numerous walleye have been stocked, and very good natural reproduction occurred during 2011. Stomach analyses have indicated that young walleye have struggled to find adequate food to insure good growth and condition. LQP Lake suffers from extremely high sediment suspension during strong winds, which limits the ability of numerous important food organisms to reproduce and grow. In addition, the highly fluctuating water levels likely affect the ability of many fish species to successfully spawn. These factors combine to substantially impact the availability of food that is important for successful growth and recruitment of young walleye.

Ten walleye were caught per gill net during 2014, a low to moderate number for the lake. The walleye were primarily from the 2011 and 2013 year classes and were 10-18 inches. Natural reproduction, downstream migration, and fingerling/yearling stockings have all made substantial contributions to the walleye population. Walleye less than 15 inches have grown slower than normal during recent years, likely due to low food availability.

Crappie fishing has been very good in recent years. The crappie population increased substantially when the walleye population decreased. High crappie numbers from a wide range of sizes were present during 2014. Continued good fishing for crappie is expected to occur.

Northern pike were abundant, including some large fish around 35 inches. Most of them were around 20 inches and from the 2013 year class. These pike had experienced good growth and will likely provide some good fishing during 2015.

High numbers of freshwater drum were present. Small drum are important food for other game fish, however they also compete with them for resources. Anglers are encouraged to harvest drum. They 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 on the internet by searching "drum recipes".

Channel catfish were moderately abundant with many fish over 20 inches. Very limited angling for catfish has been observed. Considering their high numbers and large sizes, catfish enthusiasts should consider a trip to LQP Lake.

Management activities for LQP Lake include stocking walleye as appropriate, annual population assessments, continued forage evaluations, monitoring winter dissolved oxygen concentrations, and annual ice-house counts.


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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