Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: MCCRANEY LAKE

Nearest Town: Nay-tah-waush
Primary County: Mahnomen
Survey Date: 07/07/2003
Inventory Number: 44-0080-00
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Minnesota DNR Earthen Unimproved access on north shore near inlet (very poor).


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 268.00
Littoral Area (acres): 107.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 43.00
Water Clarity (ft): 11.00

Dominant Bottom Substrate: detritus, silt, sand
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 16.00


Did you know? Spawning habitat improvements can enhance naturally reproducing populations of fish species such as walleye and northern pike.

Fish Sampled up to the 2003 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 3.7 0.5 - 11.0 0.41 0.2 - 0.6
  Trap net 0.4 0.3 - 2.8 0.13 0.2 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 0.1 0.5 - 3.3 0.03 0.3 - 0.5
Bluegill Gill net 1.2 N/A - N/A 0.34 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 8.8 5.7 - 40.5 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.7 0.5 - 2.2 0.62 0.4 - 0.9
  Trap net 0.8 0.5 - 2.2 0.68 0.5 - 1.0
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.7 0.7 - 3.1 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 3.8 N/A - N/A 0.21 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.3 0.3 - 1.5 1.47 0.5 - 1.3
  Trap net 0.6 0.3 - 1.6 0.30 0.2 - 0.9
Northern Pike Gill net 15.8 2.8 - 8.7 1.54 1.5 - 2.9
  Trap net 0.4 N/A - N/A 1.42 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net 9.7 N/A - N/A 0.12 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 8.0 1.3 - 6.3 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
Rock Bass Gill net 2.2 0.5 - 2.0 0.31 0.2 - 0.4
  Trap net 1.8 0.5 - 2.8 0.31 0.2 - 0.4
Tullibee (Cisco) Gill net 0.8 1.0 - 13.3 0.75 0.5 - 1.3
Walleye Gill net 5.7 0.5 - 3.3 1.26 1.1 - 2.7
White Sucker Gill net 3.3 0.5 - 2.9 2.00 1.3 - 2.4
  Trap net 0.8 0.3 - 0.7 2.20 1.3 - 3.0
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 2.7 0.5 - 11.0 0.43 0.4 - 0.7
  Trap net 9.7 1.0 - 8.4 0.41 0.5 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Gill net 5.3 1.5 - 23.0 0.11 0.1 - 0.2
  Trap net 2.6 0.5 - 3.8 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2003 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 14 10 0 0 0 0 0 26
Black Crappie 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bluegill 52 32 2 0 0 0 0 0 86
Brown Bullhead 0 1 8 2 0 0 0 0 11
Green Sunfish 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Hybrid Sunfish 15 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 34
Largemouth Bass 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 7
Northern Pike 0 0 0 5 59 32 3 0 99
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 88 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 114
Rock Bass 4 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 29
Tullibee (Cisco) 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 5
Walleye 0 1 9 9 10 5 0 0 34
Yellow Bullhead 0 51 49 3 0 0 0 0 103
Yellow Perch 19 35 1 0 0 0 0 0 55


For the record, the largest River Redhorse taken in Minnesota weighed 12 lbs., 10 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Kettle River, Pine County
    When: 5/20/05
    Statistics: 28.38" length, 20" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye1 fingerlings 1,325 166.0
  Walleye fingerlings 8,930 235.0
2010 Walleye fingerlings 180 45.0
  Walleye yearlings 461 178.0
2008 Walleye1 fingerlings 2,000 200.0
2007 Walleye fingerlings 1,136 214.0
2005 Walleye1 fingerlings 1,056 88.0
2004 Walleye fingerlings 304 19.0
  Walleye yearlings 595 195.0

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 07/07/2003)

McCraney Lake has a diverse fish community that is typical of other ecologically similar lakes in Minnesota. Northern pike are abundant, but small. They average about a pound and a half and 19.4 inches in length with very few over 24 inches. Growth rates remain good and it is likely that anglers are harvesting most pike by the time they reach about two or three pounds. Pike over thirty inches have been found during about half of the past studies, but none were sampled in 2003.

Good walleye spawning habitat is lacking in this lake and the walleye population is sustained by stocking. Sampled walleyes averaged just under 15 inches and weighed about a pound and a quarter.

Yellow perch catches decreased dramatically since 1995. Since perch are the primary forage of not only northern pike and walleye, but also largemouth bass in many Minnesota lakes, it is hoped that their decline will not hurt growth rates of the larger predator fish. This will be monitored in future surveys.

Bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, and tullibee (cisco) can also be found in McCraney Lake. Sampled bluegills were generally young (two years) and small (5.4 inches average length). Bluegills exhibit good growth rates in McCraney and have the potential to grow larger than nine inches if not harvested before reaching that length.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
14583 Cty Hwy 19
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-7121
Phone: (218) 846-8340
Internet: Detroit Lakes Fisheries
E-Mail: DetroitLakes.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 C2185 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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