Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Unnamed (Pear)

Nearest Town: Babbitt
Primary County: Lake
Survey Date: 09/15/2014
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): 10.01
Maximum Depth (ft): 14
Water Clarity (ft): 3.5 (2.5-4.5)

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

Did you know? Fisheries personnel monitor and regulate aquaculture, fishing tournaments, commercial fishing operations, aquatic plant management, and aeration.

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 6.50 N/A 0.29 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 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 13

For the record, the largest Smallmouth Buffalo taken in Minnesota weighed 20 lbs., 0 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Big Sandy Lake, Aitkin County
    When: 9/20/03
    Statistics: 32" length, 23-3/4" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2015 Brook Trout yearlings 250 44.5
2014 brook trout yearlings 500 101.4
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

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 09/15/2014)

Pear Lake is a small, remote, designated stream trout lake that is managed for brook trout. Pear Lake is located ten miles east of Babbitt in the Superior National Forest. From State Hwy 1, go west four miles on USFS Rd 424 (Denley Lake Rd), then north 0.8 mile on USFS Rd 428. There is a small parking area large enough to accommodate two vehicles. Public access is an 80 yard wooden boardwalk to the lake. The lake is 10 acres with a maximum depth of 14 feet. The lake is surrounded by bog and the shoreline is undeveloped.

Pear Lake receives annual stocking of Brook Trout yearlings. Open water angling is most suitable for anglers with a canoe or float tube. Shoreline angling is limited as most of the shoreline is bog although foot paths developed along the bog shoreline indicates shore-fishing may occur. In general, Pear Lake gets light fishing pressure because of the unmarked access road and inconsistent Brook Trout population. 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. As Pear 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 2014 Brook Trout catch in two gill net sets was 6.5/lift average compared to other stocked Brook Trout lakes in the Finland Area. The average weight of 0.29 pounds was below average compared to other stocked Brook Trout lakes in the Finland Area. All fish caught were age-1 from the 2014 stocking. No fish were stocked in Pear Lake in 2013. The previous investigation in 2010 had a gill net catch of 9.5/lift with an average weight of 0.55 pounds and contained two and three year old 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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