Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Crosscut

Nearest Town: Isabella
Primary County: Lake
Survey Date: 09/15/2008
Inventory Number: 38025700

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Other Access off of Tomahawk Snowmobile Trail

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 10.67
Littoral Area (acres): 11
Maximum Depth (ft): 16
Water Clarity (ft): 5.5 (5-6)

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

Did you know? The annual budget for the Section of Fisheries is approximately $17 million, which is funded primarily by fishing license and stamp fees and by a federal excise tax on fishing and boating equipment.

Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Brook Trout Trap net 5.44 N/A 0.58 N/A
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.

Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2008 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
brook trout 0 0 39 9 0 0 0 0 49

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 brook trout yearlings 300 60.9
2013 Brook Trout yearlings 300 75.0
2012 Brook Trout yearlings 300 59.0
2011 Brook Trout yearlings 300 78.1
2010 Brook Trout yearlings 300 41.7
2009 Brook Trout yearlings 487 173.8
2008 Brook Trout yearlings 499 217.0
2007 Brook Trout yearlings 499 185.0
2006 Brook Trout yearlings 498 207.6
2005 Brook Trout yearlings 750 300.0

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

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 09/15/2008)

The brook trout in Crosscut Lake were stocked annually as yearlings. The brook trout numbers have fluctuated widely based on results of the previous investigations. The 2008 sample contained only yearlings from the spring stocking, which measured from 9 inches to 13 inches with the largest 13.2 inches. The brook trout are usually stocked in May so the remainder of the open-water season should provide good trout fishing each year. Winter angling could become difficult as dissolved oxygen levels drop later in the season.

For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
PO Box 546
6686 Hwy 1
Finland, MN 55603
Phone: (218) 353-8840
Internet: Finland Fisheries

Lake maps can be obtained from:

Minnesota Bookstore
660 Olive Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757
No depth map available.

For general DNR Information, contact:

DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR

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