Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: George

Nearest Town: Fairmont
Primary County: Martin
Survey Date: 08/17/2009
Inventory Number: 46002400
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Ownership Type Description
City Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 83.16
Littoral Area (acres): 84
Maximum Depth (ft): 11
Water Clarity (ft): 1.2

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


Did you know? Minnesota waters support 153 species of fish.

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 0.12 N/A 6.45 N/A
Black Bullhead Gill net 4.00 8.0 - 90.0 0.68 0.1 - 0.4
Black Crappie Trap net 3.75 1.3 - 27.7 0.46 0.1 - 0.4
Gill net 16.50 2.0 - 19.0 0.36 0.1 - 0.2
Bluegill Trap net 7.50 2.8 - 43.3 0.49 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 5.00 N/A 0.56 N/A
Channel Catfish Trap net 0.62 N/A 2.94 N/A
Gill net 7.50 N/A 1.47 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 1.50 0.4 - 2.9 6.77 1.4 - 4.5
Gill net 1.50 1.5 - 11.6 6.73 0.9 - 3.1
Freshwater Drum Trap net 2.88 N/A 0.59 N/A
Gill net 33.50 2.5 - 55.5 0.63 0.4 - 1.2
Golden Shiner Gill net 1.50 1.0 - 8.5 0.22 0.1 - 0.1
Northern Pike Trap net 0.12 N/A 2.20 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.62 0.3 - 1.3 1.00 0.7 - 2.2
Gill net 4.00 2.3 - 17.8 1.06 0.7 - 2.1
White Crappie Trap net 8.25 0.3 - 8.2 0.43 0.1 - 0.5
Gill net 16.00 0.8 - 8.0 0.38 0.2 - 0.3
White Sucker Trap net 0.38 0.2 - 2.2 3.07 1.0 - 2.0
Gill net 1.00 1.0 - 6.6 2.65 1.0 - 2.2
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.12 0.3 - 4.2 0.24 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 3.00 1.0 - 4.1 0.73 0.5 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.38 0.4 - 3.5 0.22 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 15.00 2.5 - 25.8 0.19 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 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 0 1 0 0 1
black bullhead 0 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 8
black crappie 6 25 32 0 0 0 0 0 63
bluegill 1 65 2 0 0 0 0 0 70
channel catfish 0 0 0 3 14 3 0 0 20
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 12 3 0 15
freshwater drum 0 6 52 32 0 0 0 0 90
golden shiner 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
northern pike 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 0 9 0 3 1 0 0 13
white crappie 0 24 74 0 0 0 0 0 98
white sucker 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
yellow bullhead 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 7
yellow perch 0 30 2 0 0 0 0 0 33


For the record, the largest Brook Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 6 lbs., 5.6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Pigeon River, Cook County
    When: 9/2/00
    Statistics: 24" length, 14.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Largemouth Bass fingerlings 3,106 15.0
2012 Walleye fingerlings 687 89.0
  Walleye adults 226 29.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 1,279 81.0
  Walleye yearlings 100 20.0
2010 Walleye fingerlings 620 31.0
  Walleye yearlings 486 81.0
2008 Walleye fingerlings 1,092 84.0
2006 Walleye* fingerlings 1,218 84.0
2004 Walleye fingerlings 1,008 84.0

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
GEORGE
Martin Co., 46002400
Carp All sizes        
Channel Catfish All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
GEORGE
Martin Co., 46002400
Carp All sizes        
Channel Catfish All sizes        
Crappie 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 08/17/2009)

George is an 84-acre lake located within the city limits of Fairmont in Martin County. The lake has a maximum depth of 11 feet and is a class 40 lake. George Lake is just one of the five lakes in Fairmont that make up what is known as the "Fairmont Chain of Lakes". George is managed primarily for walleye while yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill are managed secondarily. Low dissolved oxygen readings were recorded on George Lake during the winter of 2008-09. Oxygen levels dropped from 9.1 ppm in early January to 0.4 ppm in early February. George is connected to Sisseton Lake and fish can migrate into George so determining the extent of any winterkill is almost impossible.

Based on the 2009 fish survey on George Lake, walleye numbers are typical of what we would see in lakes similar to Budd in water chemistry, depth, and size. Lengths of walleye caught in our gill nets in 2009 ranged from 10.4 to 22.5 inches and averaged 13.3 inches. The majority of walleye sampled in our gill nets were one year old. There is a good number of walleye in the 10 - 12 inch range coming up in the fishery. These fish were more than likely the result of a walleye fingerling stocking in 2008. The Fairmont Chain of lakes, including George, are on the list to get additional walleye fingerlings in the fall of 2010.

Despite the possible winterkill on George, the bluegill population is doing fairly well. Lengths of bluegill caught in trap nets in 2009 ranged from 4.1 to 9.2 inches and averaged 7.9 inches. Since bluegill are susceptible to low oxygen, it is likely that many of these fish migrated into George after oxygen levels recovered in the spring

Crappie numbers are also typical of lakes similar to George. Both black and white crappie are available to anglers in George Lake as well as the entire "Chain" of lakes. Black crappie have 7-8 dorsal spines with dark splotches against a white background on their body. White crappie have 5-6 dorsal spines and black splotches that form vertical lines on their bodies. Lengths of black crappie caught in trap nets ranged from 5.8 to 10.3 inches and averaged 9.0 inches. Lengths of white crappie caught in trap nets ranged from 7.0 to 11.3 inches and averaged 9.4 inches.

Results from the 2009 fish survey indicated George Lake has good numbers of yellow perch available to anglers. Lengths of yellow perch caught in our gill nets ranged from 6.2 to 9.8 inches and averaged 7.1 inches.

The Fairmont Chain of lakes was stocked once with channel catfish since the reclamation in 1967 when 31 adult catfish were stocked in Hall Lake in 1992. We first started seeing channel catfish in fish surveys on George Lake in 1993 when one fish with a weight of 3.2 lbs was sampled in our nets. This fish may have been one of the adults stocked in Hall in 1992. The channel catfish gill net catch rate increased from 1.0 fish/net in 2001 to 7.5 fish/net in 2009. Lengths of channel catfish caught in gill nets in 2009 ranged from 14.0 to 22.6 inches and averaged 16.5 inches.

Other fish caught in our nets during the assessment in 2009 included black bullhead, yellow bullhead, common carp, northern pike, golden shiner, white sucker and 1 red pacu (released from an aquarium).

To maintain a healthy fishery in George Lake, we need to promote Best Management Practices (BMP's) within the watershed to help reduce nutrients entering the lake. High nutrients and sediments in a lake can cause algae blooms and reduce water clarity.


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
E-Mail: Windom.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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