Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Crosscut

Nearest Town: Isabella
Primary County: Lake
Survey Date: 07/16/2014
Inventory Number: 38025700

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Carry-In Access off of Tomahawk Snowmobile Trail

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 10.67
Littoral Area (acres): 9.8
Maximum Depth (ft): 16
Water Clarity (ft): 5.2 (3-8)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Muck and Detritus (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 24 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 3.4 (2.5-4.5)

Did you know? Ongoing habitat improvement and maintenance work is conducted on trout streams that have publicly owned land or easements.

Fish Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Brook Trout Gill net 17.50 N/A 0.33 N/A
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
brook trout 0 9 24 2 0 0 0 0 35

For the record, the largest White Crappie taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lbs., 15 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Constance, Wright County
    When: 7/28/02
    Statistics: 18" length, 16" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2015 Brook Trout yearlings 298 53.0
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

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 guidelines 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

County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
Lake Co., 38025700
Brook Trout   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
Lake Co., 38025700
Brook Trout 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.

PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate

Status of the Fishery (as of 07/16/2014)

Crosscut Lake is a 13 acre lake with a maximum depth of 35 feet located approximately 5 miles east of Isabella, MN. To access the lake you need to take USFS Rd #172 (Dumbbell Lake Road) to the Tomahawk Snowmobile Trail, then a foot path down a steep slope to one of the trails on the west shore. This remote lake is lightly fished. Open water angling is most suitable for anglers with a canoe or float tube. Shoreline angling is limited. As Crosscut Lake is a designated trout lake it is important to check the current Minnesota Fishing Regulations to follow all rules applicable to designated trout lakes.

The Brook Trout are stocked annually in Crosscut Lake as yearlings, usually stocking takes place in late May. The re-survey in September 2014 sampled 35 Brook Trout all yearlings from the 2014 spring stocking. The fish averaged 9.6 inches and 0.3 pound; the largest Brook Trout was 12.2 inches (0.9 pound). Crosscut Lake has had a history of low dissolved oxygen levels in the deeper water in late summer. Low dissolved oxygen has been measured in winter investigations also. Anglers fishing Crosscut Lake in summer and winter will want to generally fish shallower than 10 feet, if fishing is slow fish progressively shallower, to target active/feeding fish.

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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