Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Sabre

Nearest Town: Cordova
Primary County: Le Sueur
Survey Date: 06/15/2009
Inventory Number: 40001400
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 258.11
Littoral Area (acres): 263
Maximum Depth (ft): 13
Water Clarity (ft): 7.1

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


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 2009 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 2.75 11.5 - 132.6 1.28 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 0.67 30.3 - 150.6 0.91 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 2.50 1.2 - 20.0 0.27 0.1 - 0.4
Gill net 1.50 N/A 0.27 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 3.62 0.3 - 0.9 4.60 2.7 - 3.8
Gill net 2.83 0.2 - 0.5 5.27 1.8 - 3.1
Channel Catfish Gill net 1.17 N/A 9.49 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 3.50 1.0 - 5.5 5.44 1.4 - 4.6
Gill net 0.17 1.0 - 13.8 5.38 0.8 - 3.7
Freshwater Drum Trap net 5.50 0.2 - 3.3 1.43 0.3 - 1.0
Gill net 2.33 0.5 - 8.3 1.40 0.4 - 1.7
Highfin Carpsucker Gill net 0.17 N/A 0.00 N/A
Northern Pike Trap net 0.38 N/A 3.37 N/A
Gill net 6.67 1.1 - 8.0 3.64 1.8 - 3.4
Walleye Gill net 1.33 2.3 - 18.1 1.59 1.0 - 2.3
White Bass Trap net 0.25 0.2 - 0.7 1.54 0.2 - 0.6
Gill net 5.17 0.3 - 9.9 1.28 N/A
White Sucker Trap net 0.50 0.3 - 2.6 3.65 1.0 - 2.0
Gill net 4.50 0.8 - 6.5 2.35 0.9 - 2.0
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 7.75 0.5 - 2.5 1.35 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 2.00 0.5 - 3.5 1.49 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.12 0.3 - 3.8 0.35 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 4.67 2.7 - 25.0 0.27 0.1 - 0.3
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
black bullhead 0 1 3 22 0 0 0 0 26
bluegill 9 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 29
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 2 32 12 0 46
channel catfish 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 7
common carp 0 0 0 0 9 14 4 2 29
freshwater drum 1 0 5 21 30 0 0 0 58
highfin carpsucker 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 0 10 16 11 6 43
walleye 0 0 0 4 3 1 0 0 8
white bass 0 0 2 21 10 0 0 0 33
white sucker 0 0 0 9 13 9 0 0 31
yellow bullhead 0 0 8 60 6 0 0 0 74
yellow perch 0 23 5 0 0 0 0 0 29


For the record, the largest Lake Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 43 lbs., 8 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Superior, near Hovland
    When: 5/30/55

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 397,917 4.0
2012 Walleye fry 403,300 3.7
2010 Walleye fry 392,810 3.6
  Walleye fry 409,178 3.8
2009 Walleye fry 381,691 3.8
2008 Walleye fry 410,000 4.0
2006 Walleye fry 394,480 4.0
2005 Walleye fry 434,648 4.3

Privately Stocked Fish
* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

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 guidelin es 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

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
SABRE
Le Sueur Co., 40001400
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
White Bass     All sizes   Mercury
Yellow Perch   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
SABRE
Le Sueur Co., 40001400
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
White Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Yellow Perch 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.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 06/15/2009)

Sabre Lake in Le Sueur County is a 263 acre lake located west of the city of Kilkenny. A public access is located on the north side of the lake, next to the Cannon River inlet. The turn to the public access is located off Dodd Road/Le Sueur County Road 2/440th Street.

Sabre Lake was surveyed the week of June 15th, 2009 to monitor the fish community. Northern pike were the most abundant fish in the gill net catches at 6.7 fish per lift. Average northern pike weight was 3.6 pounds and average pike length was 24 inches. Pike ranged between 15 and 35 inches. Northern pike abundance has picked up since 2004 test netting, when pike averaged 2.2 fish per gill net. Pike have many prey options in Sabre Lake, including an abundance of white sucker (4.5 per gill net lift), yellow perch (4.7 per gill net lift), or young freshwater drum (sheepshead).

Walleye continue a low level of abundance in Sabre Lake. Walleye averaged 1.3 fish per lift. Better angling options for walleye exist in the area, as well as within the Cannon River chain of lakes.

Bluegills also hold a low level of abundance in Sabre Lake. Bluegill averaged 2.5 fish per trap net. A few large individuals are scattered throughout the lake; one bluegill measured 9.7 inches.

No crappies were caught in the assessment. Crappie abundance has historically been low on this lake, but large (greater than 10 inches) individuals have been captured during netting assessments in the past thirty years.

Seven channel catfish were caught during the assessment. Size was large; channel catfish ranged between 26 and 32 inches with an average of 28 inches, a memorable fish by length-based stock indices. Channel catfish occur throughout the Cannon River chain of lakes.

White bass averaged 5.2 fish per gill net lift. White bass averaged 14 inches in length but fish up to 16 inches were netted. White Bass are found throughout the Cannon River chain of lakes but their abundance can fluctuate wildly due to inconsistent recruitment.

Yellow perch fit into the interquartile range for lakes within Sabre's classification (class 43). Perch averaged 4.7 fish per gill net lift. Average length was 8.2 inches and ranged from 6.2 to 9.3 inches.

Most of the total fish numbers and biomass netted in 2009 consisted of nongame underutilized species, including black bullhead, bowfin (dogfish), common carp, freshwater drum (sheepshead), highfin carpsucker, white sucker, and yellow bullhead. Many of these fish are well adapted to riverine environments, so a river-influenced lake like Sabre is a good fit for these species. This lake may be a good destination for "rough fish" niche anglers or, given its clear water, bowfishermen.

Anglers can help maintain or improve the quality of fishing by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest allows for the harvest of smaller fish for table fare, but encourages release of medium- to large-sized fish. Releasing these fish can help maintain balance in the fish community in Sabre Lake and provide anglers the opportunity to catch more and larger fish in the future.

Shoreline areas on the land and into the shallow water provide essential habitat for fish and wildlife that live in or near Minnesota's lakes. Overdeveloped shorelines cannot support the fish, wildlife, and clean water that are associated with natural undeveloped lakes. Shoreline habitat consists of aquatic plants, woody plants, and natural lake bottom soils.

Plants in the water and at the water's edge provide habitat, prevent erosion, and absorb excess nutrients. Shrubs, trees, and woody debris such as fallen trees or limbs provide good habitat both above and below the water and should be left in place. By leaving a buffer strip of natural vegetation along the shoreline, property owners can reduce erosion, help maintain water quality, and provide habitat and travel corridors for wildlife.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
PO Box 86
50317 Fish Hatchery Rd
Waterville, MN 56096-0086
Phone: (507) 362-4223
Internet: Waterville Fisheries
E-Mail: Waterville.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
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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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