Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Gorman

Nearest Town: Le Center
Primary County: Le Sueur
Survey Date: 07/06/2009
Inventory Number: 40003200
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Other
County Gravel
DNR Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 521.11
Littoral Area (acres): 499
Maximum Depth (ft): 14
Water Clarity (ft): N/A

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


Did you know? There are 15,000 miles of fishable streams in Minnesota, including 2,600 miles of trout streams.

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

Bigmouth Buffalo Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 1.0 4.60 2.6 - 5.8
Gill net 0.17 0.8 - 7.0 3.87 N/A
Black Bullhead Trap net 1.89 11.5 - 132.6 1.17 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 5.17 30.3 - 150.6 1.18 0.2 - 0.4
Black Crappie Gill net 0.17 1.4 - 13.8 0.08 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 1.78 1.2 - 20.0 0.24 0.1 - 0.4
Gill net 6.00 N/A 0.28 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 2.33 0.3 - 0.9 3.67 2.7 - 3.8
Gill net 0.83 0.2 - 0.5 5.72 1.8 - 3.1
Channel Catfish Gill net 0.17 N/A 10.47 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 0.44 1.0 - 5.5 3.46 1.4 - 4.6
Freshwater Drum Trap net 4.56 0.2 - 3.3 1.94 0.3 - 1.0
Gill net 6.17 0.5 - 8.3 1.63 0.4 - 1.7
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.11 N/A 0.03 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.22 0.2 - 0.7 1.95 0.3 - 1.5
Northern Pike Trap net 0.22 N/A 3.86 N/A
Gill net 3.33 1.1 - 8.0 4.16 1.8 - 3.4
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 4.9 0.20 0.1 - 0.2
Walleye Trap net 0.11 0.5 - 3.0 1.98 0.8 - 2.3
Gill net 4.33 2.3 - 18.1 1.27 1.0 - 2.3
White Bass Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 0.7 1.84 0.2 - 0.6
Gill net 6.33 0.3 - 9.9 1.25 N/A
White Sucker Gill net 0.67 0.8 - 6.5 1.47 0.9 - 2.0
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.11 0.5 - 2.5 1.56 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 1.17 0.5 - 3.5 1.55 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Gill net 17.33 2.7 - 25.0 0.33 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
bigmouth buffalo 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
black bullhead 0 0 11 36 1 0 0 0 48
black crappie 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
bluegill 2 49 1 0 0 0 0 0 52
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 24 2 0 26
channel catfish 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
common carp 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4
freshwater drum 0 0 0 25 52 1 0 0 78
hybrid sunfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
largemouth bass 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
northern pike 0 0 0 0 3 6 9 4 22
pumpkinseed 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 6 3 7 7 3 0 0 27
white bass 0 0 3 29 7 0 0 0 39
white sucker 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 4
yellow bullhead 0 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 8
yellow perch 9 45 47 0 0 0 0 0 104


For the record, the largest Northern Pike (Silver Phase) taken in Minnesota weighed 18 lbs., 14 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Disappointment Lake, Lake County
    When: 6/28/78
    Statistics: 42" length, 19" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Northern Pike fry 47,792 1.0
  Walleye fry 749,512 8.0
2012 Northern Pike fry 63,450 0.9
  Walleye fry 751,170 7.3
2011 Northern Pike fry 92,340 1.6
2010 Northern Pike fry 56,924 0.9
  Walleye fry 763,798 7.0
2009 Northern Pike fry 92,880 1.7
  Walleye fry 753,337 7.5
2008 Walleye fry 717,500 7.0
2006 Walleye fry 739,650 7.5
2005 Walleye fry 767,025 7.5

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 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
GORMAN
Le Sueur Co., 40003200
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Largemouth Bass     All sizes   Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
GORMAN
Le Sueur Co., 40003200
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

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 07/06/2009)

Gorman Lake in Le Sueur County is a 499 acre lake southeast of the city of Le Center. A DNR-owned public access is located on the south shore of the lake off Dodd Road. A county-owned public access sits on the west shore of the lake off 205th avenue.

Gorman Lake was surveyed the week of July 6th, 2009 to monitor the fish community. Netting results turned up a little bit of everything; fourteen fish species were counted all at moderate levels. Yellow perch were the most abundant fish in the gill nets, at 15 fish per lift. Perch ranged from 5.6 to 11.6 inches in length and averaged 3 to a pound, a mean weight that exceeds the upper quartile for class 43 lakes.

Walleye abundance is at the highest level observed in fifteen years at just under 4 walleye per gill net lift. Walleye fry are stocked 3 of 4 years in Gorman Lake. Walleye size distribution is variable; fish range from 7.5 to 24 inches with an average of 14 inches.

Northern pike are modestly abundant at 3 fish per gill net lift. Like walleye, pike size distribution varies with fish ranging from 18 to 35 inches. Northern pike fry are stocked into a drainable wetland on the southwest end of the lake.

The most abundant fish in gill nets were yellow perch. Perch declined from 36 fish per gill net lift in 2004 to 15 fish in 2009. Perch averaged 8.5 inches, a "quality" stock index value. The largest perch was 11.6 inches.

Bluegills were not captured particularly well in trapnets. Gill nets averaged 5 fish per net while trapnets averaged 2. Average bluegill size was favorable at 7 inches, a value between "quality" and "preferred" in stock indices. Curiously, only one black crappie was captured. Historically black crappies have always maintained a low level of abundance on Gorman, but never to a nearly undetectable level.

White bass averaged 5 fish per gill net lift. Nearly all white bass where between 13 and 14 inches, indicating a strong year class (fish were unaged). Other fish observed in the survey include bigmouth buffalo, black bullhead, bowfin (dogfish), common carp, freshwater drum, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed, and yellow bullhead.

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 Gorman 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
To order, use C1532 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
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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