Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Section Eight

Nearest Town: Isabella
Primary County: Lake
Survey Date: 09/29/2009
Inventory Number: 38025800

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Carry-In Trail over the hill
US Forest Service Carry-In A 200 ft. trail across a bog to the north end of the lake.- (1992 description)

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 5.41
Littoral Area (acres): 3
Maximum Depth (ft): 24
Water Clarity (ft): 10.9 (9-12.7)

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

Did you know? Minnesota waters support 153 species of fish.

Fish Sampled for the 2009 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Brook Trout Trap net 0.89 N/A 0.75 N/A
Gill net 3.00 N/A 0.59 N/A
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.11 N/A 0.07 N/A
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
brook trout 0 0 7 4 0 0 0 0 11
golden shiner 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

For the record, the largest Hybrid Sunfish taken in Minnesota weighed 1 lb., 12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Middle Branch of the Zumbro River, Olmsted County
    When: 7/9/94
    Statistics: 11.5" length, 12" 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 149 37.0
2012 Brook Trout yearlings 165 32.5
2011 Brook Trout yearlings 150 39.0
2010 Brook Trout yearlings 150 20.8
2009 Brook Trout yearlings 500 172.5
2008 Brook Trout yearlings 499 217.0
2007 Brook Trout yearlings 527 195.0
2006 Brook Trout yearlings 501 208.7

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 09/29/2009)

Section Eight gets a fair amount of fishing pressure because of its close proximity to the road and reasonably easy access. There was evidence that a fair amount of fishing is done from shore along the bog on the north side of the lake. In the 2009 assessment, brook trout lengths ranged from 10.7 to 14.1 inches with an overall average length of 11.8 inches. Section Eight Lake occasionally winter kills, but is annually stocked with yearling brook trout so anglers can expect to catch some nice sized fish each year

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
To order, use C2180 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

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