Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Goose

Nearest Town: Lynd
Primary County: Lyon
Survey Date: 07/25/2011
Inventory Number: 42009300
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Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 148.96
Littoral Area (acres): 148.96
Maximum Depth (ft): 9
Water Clarity (ft): 1.9 (1.7-2)

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

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Fish Sampled for the 2011 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 2.56 11.5 - 132.6 0.17 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 30.67 30.3 - 150.6 0.14 0.2 - 0.4
Black Crappie Trap net 23.22 1.2 - 20.5 0.34 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 62.00 1.4 - 13.8 0.29 0.2 - 0.4
Common Carp Trap net 2.33 1.0 - 5.5 2.20 1.4 - 4.6
Gill net 28.00 1.0 - 13.8 0.74 0.8 - 3.7
Walleye Trap net 0.22 0.5 - 3.0 4.64 0.8 - 2.3
Gill net 16.00 2.3 - 18.1 0.95 1.0 - 2.3
White Crappie Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 6.0 ND 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 3.00 0.5 - 8.4 ND 0.2 - 0.3
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.78 0.3 - 3.8 0.23 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 7.33 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 2011 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 95 6 13 0 0 0 0 0 115
black crappie 219 28 139 1 0 0 0 0 395
common carp 0 57 24 0 8 13 2 0 105
walleye 0 3 20 15 8 2 2 0 50
white crappie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
yellow perch 1 24 3 0 0 0 0 0 29

For the record, the largest Rainbow Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 17 lbs., 6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Knife River, Lake County
    When: 1/19/74
    Statistics: 36.9" length

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2015 Walleye fry 61,190 0.5
2014 walleye fry 46,676 0.4
2012 Walleye fry 46,724 0.4
2011 Walleye fry 45,587 0.4
2010 Walleye fry 46,173 0.4
2008 Walleye fry 44,486 0.4
2007 Walleye fry 45,000 0.4
2006 Walleye fry 44,486 0.4

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 07/25/2011)

East Goose, near the town of Lynd, is a 139-acre lake located in Lyon County. East Goose has a maximum depth of 9 feet and has had an aeration system since 1986. It has not had a significant history of winterkills, as it has only been opened to liberalized fishing 3 times from 1952 to 1986. Because Goose Lake is relatively close to Marshall, this small lake has a history of heavy angling pressure (up to .3 boats per acre). One of the long-range goals was to produce more consistent year classes of fish to "spread" out the angling and harvest pressure. This goal resulted in a more frequent, but lower density, fry stocking regime. Goose is managed primarily for walleye and secondarily for yellow perch. A population assessment was conducted during the week of July 25, 2011 using 3 gill nets and 9 trap nets.

Despite a lower catch rate of walleye than the 2007 survey (16 compared to 44 per gill net), the walleye population in Goose remains respectable. Although age-1, age-2, and age-3 fish dominate the catch, there were a few age-5, age-7, and age-8 fish present. Total lengths sampled in 2011 ranged from 8.5 to 27.0 inches with an average of 15.5 inches. Growth rates currently are somewhat below expected with an average length at age-1 of 10.2 inches, age2 of 12.0 inches, and age-3 of 14.2 inches. This slow growth may be attributed to the lack of forage available with low bullhead abundance, few yellow perch, and possible competition with black crappie. The current walleye stocking regime, along with some natural reproduction, appears to be maintaining a balanced population. It also has greatly enhanced angling opportunity and reduced periods of extreme harvest pressure. This small prairie pothole basin continues to be an excellent choice for walleye anglers from the Marshall area.

Yellow perch numbers were within the expected range for this type of lake. The catch rate was 7.3 per gill net set and over the years has varied from 3.3 to 93.0 per set. Total lengths ranged from 5.5 to 10.5 inches with an average of 7.8 inches. Although their abundance has been higher in past surveys, a few "keepers" could be caught. If the perch are not biting, target the black crappie.

East Goose is not specifically managed for crappie, but currently has an excellent population of this species. They first appeared in the 1999 survey and their numbers "exploded" in 2007 from natural reproduction. The trap net catch index was half of the 2007 index for black crappies, and is represented by two strong year classes. Total lengths ranged from 3.0 to 12.0 inches with an average of 7.0 inches. The overall condition factor showed these fish were also quite "stout" and foraging successfully. With the presence of 2 strong year classes (8.5 to 12 inch fish, and 4.5 to 6 inch fish), black crappies should provide some angling action for a few years.

Black bullhead abundance was on the low end of the expected range. The black bullhead catch rate was 31 per gill net set and historically has varied from 35 to 162.0 per gill net set. Currently the bullheads are dominated by small fish in the 4.5 to 6 inch range which anglers might not target.

Despite a partial winterkill in 2006-07, common carp abundance was the highest ever recorded on Goose. Total lengths ranged from 6.0 to 22.0 inches with an average of 11.25 inches. Based on this data, this would suggest the winterkill was localized. East Goose should be kept in mind as a possible future site to do some "bowfishing". The only other species sampled were white crappie.

Efforts to improve the health of the lake should focus on best management practices within the watershed. Improvements and education in land stewardship will often have secondary benefits to the lake in the way of quality and quantity of habitat. Generally, improvements in the quality and quantity of lake habitat will mean direct improvements of the fishery.

Prepared by Chuck "Shelby" Obler

For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
175 Co Rd 26
Windom, MN 56101-1868
Phone: (507) 831-2900
Internet: Windom Fisheries

Lake maps can be obtained from:

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St. Paul, MN 55155
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For general DNR Information, contact:

DNR Information Center
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St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
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