Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Volney

Nearest Town: Le Center
Primary County: Le Sueur
Survey Date: 06/10/2008
Inventory Number: 40003300
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Concrete

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 268.86
Littoral Area (acres): 130
Maximum Depth (ft): 67
Water Clarity (ft): 10.5 (9-12.5)

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 2008 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.22 0.7 - 25.7 0.08 0.3 - 0.6
Black Crappie Trap net 52.78 1.8 - 21.2 0.24 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 15.17 2.5 - 16.5 0.24 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 21.33 7.5 - 62.5 0.22 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.67 N/A 0.35 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 2.33 0.4 - 2.0 12.07 2.6 - 6.0
Freshwater Drum Trap net 0.78 0.5 - 4.2 0.40 0.4 - 1.2
Gill net 11.33 4.0 - 32.3 0.40 0.3 - 1.1
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 0.8 0.05 0.1 - 0.1
Northern Pike Gill net 0.33 1.5 - 7.3 6.15 2.0 - 3.5
Walleye Gill net 1.83 1.2 - 6.3 1.33 1.2 - 2.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 1.7 0.03 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 16.50 2.0 - 27.9 0.20 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.

Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2008 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 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
black crappie 9 548 5 0 0 0 0 0 562
bluegill 74 117 0 0 0 0 0 0 191
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 7 21
freshwater drum 0 13 62 0 0 0 0 0 75
golden shiner 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
walleye 0 0 1 6 4 0 0 0 11
yellow perch 21 75 3 0 0 0 0 0 99

For the record, the largest Walleye taken in Minnesota weighed 17 lbs., 8 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Seagull River at Saganaga Lake, Cook County
    When: 5/13/79
    Statistics: 35.8" length, 21.3" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 northern pike fry 42,021 0.8
  walleye fry 194,313 1.9
2013 Northern Pike fry 49,329 1.0
  Walleye adults 4,485 195.0
  Walleye fry 197,240 2.0
2012 Walleye fry 195,510 1.9
2010 Walleye fingerlings 2,600 100.0
  Walleye yearlings 182 200.0
  Walleye fingerlings 500 125.0
  Walleye fry 218,228 2.0
2009 Walleye fry 276,224 2.8
2005 Walleye fingerlings 2,230 65.0

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

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

County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
Le Sueur Co., 40003300
Buffalo   All sizes     Mercury
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
Le Sueur Co., 40003300
Buffalo All sizes        
Carp All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
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.

PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate

Status of the Fishery (as of 06/10/2008)

Volney Lake in LeSueur County is a 283 acre lake located near LeCenter. A county-owned public access is located on the southeast shore, east of the swimming beach. Volney lake is Waterville DNR Area Fisheries deepest lake at 69 feet, and is regarded as one of the clearest lakes. Volney is connected to Gorman Lake and the Cannon River through a wetland complex on the southern end of the lake. Volney Lake was surveyed the week of June 9th, 2008 as part of a walleye stocking research study evaluating the use of walleye fry, fryling, and fingerling stocking in similarly classified lakes. A secchi disk reading measured water clarity at 12.5 feet. Walleye gillnet catches remained stable from the 2006 assessment. 1.83 walleye per gill net were caught, with fish ranging from 16 to 22 inches. Black crappies were the most abundant fish in trap net catches and second only to yellow perch in gill net catches. Most crappie surveyed were between 6.5 to 9 inches. Yellow Perch were abundant in gill net catches. Most perch were between 5 to 10 inches. Bluegill abundance was 21.33 fish per trap net, which is right at the average for this respective lake class. Two northern pike were caught in the assessment measuring 32 and 28 inches. Freshwater Drum (Sheephead) are present in moderate numbers; gill net catches are near the lake class average of around 11 fish per net. Drum range from 8 to 11 inches in length. Common Carp abundance was in the upper quartile range at 2.33 carp per trap net. Carp were spawning during the assessment, which contributed to higher catches in the near shore trap nets. Anecdotal angler and bowfisherman reports suggest a robust carp population with large individuals. Fish caught in the trap nets were large, ranging from 27 to 37 inches. Average (mean) fish weight was 12 pounds. Bowfisherman favor the lake for its water clarity and large fish size. Other fish sampled include golden shiner and black bullhead. Flathead catfish were stocked in the lake in 1991. A total of 9 flathead catfish have been caught in gill or trap nets since that time, including 3 captured in the 2004 survey. Volney lake angler flathead catfish catch reports to the DNR are encouraged. 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 Volney 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 waters 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

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 C1914 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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