Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Unnamed (Pear)

Nearest Town: Babbitt
Primary County: Lake
Survey Date: 05/03/2010
Inventory Number: 38076900

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
US Forest Service Carry-In From State Hwy 1 go west 4 miles on USFS Rd 424 (Denley Lake Rd), then north 0.8 mile on USFS Rd 428. Park and go south 300 yds on old logging road (non-motorized), then east 80 yds on wooden boardwalk to the lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 10.01
Littoral Area (acres): 9.7
Maximum Depth (ft): 14
Water Clarity (ft): 4.0 (3.5-4.5)

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 2010 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Brook Trout Gill net 9.50 N/A 0.55 N/A
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2010 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 12 7 0 0 0 0 19


For the record, the largest Lake Sturgeon taken in Minnesota weighed 94 lbs., 4 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Kettle River, Pine County
    When: 9/5/94
    Statistics: 70" length, 26.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Brook Trout yearlings 250 49.2
2011 Brook Trout yearlings 250 65.0
2010 Brook Trout yearlings 253 35.1
2009 Brook Trout yearlings 498 178.0
2008 Brook Trout yearlings 532 221.5
2007 Brook Trout yearlings 499 185.0
2006 Brook Trout yearlings 499 208.0
2005 Brook Trout yearlings 505 202.0
2004 Brook Trout yearlings 500 185.1

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 05/03/2010)

Pear Lake is 9.7 acres with a maximum depth of 14 feet, located 10.2 miles east of Babbitt MN. From State Highway 1, go west 4 miles on USFS Road #424 (Denley Lake Rd), then north 0.8 miles on USFS Road #428. Park and go south 300 yards on old logging road (non-motorized in snow free season); head east 80 yards on wooden boardwalk to the lake. There is parking for a few vehicles off the road near the start of the logging road in the summer. USFS Road #428 is usually not plowed in the winter and snowmobiles are the typical mode of transportation to Pear Lake.

Pear Lake gets light fishing pressure because of the unmarked access road and inconsistent brook trout population. Brook trout yearlings are stocked annually in this designated stream trout lake. The brook trout sample in the 05/03/10 assessment consisted of brook trout that were stocked in 2008 and 2009. The average weight was about one half pound (11.6 inches) with the largest measuring 13.3 inches. Foot traffic along the bog shoreline indicates shore-fishing is popular; the water drops quickly off the bog. Low dissolved oxygen levels can be a problem in both the winter and summer seasons on Pear Lake. Anglers should probably try the upper eight feet of water in much of the stream trout season, except for the first couple of weeks following the fishing opener in the spring or last couple of weeks in October (before stratification or after fall turnover), fishing the bottom of this 14 foot deep lake will rarely be productive.


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
E-Mail: Finland.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
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
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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