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Name: SISSETON

Nearest Town: FAIRMONT
Primary County: Martin
Survey Date: 08/22/2005
Inventory Number: 46-0025-00
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Ownership Type Description
City Concrete CITY PARK ON THE EAST


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 140.00
Littoral Area (acres): 100.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 19.00
Water Clarity (ft): 2.00

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


Did you know? Fishing piers are installed on lakes to provide opportunities for shore fishing.

Fish Sampled up to the 2005 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 5.3 2.5 - 45.0 0.61 0.3 - 0.7
  Trap net 0.7 0.7 - 25.7 0.71 0.3 - 0.6
Black Crappie Gill net 1.3 2.5 - 16.5 0.46 0.1 - 0.3
  Trap net 5.1 1.8 - 21.2 0.53 0.2 - 0.3
Bluegill Gill net 0.3 N/A - N/A 0.71 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 2.6 7.5 - 62.5 0.48 0.1 - 0.3
Common Carp Gill net 4.7 0.3 - 3.0 4.59 1.9 - 5.2
  Trap net 5.4 0.4 - 2.0 4.03 2.6 - 6.0
Channel Catfish Gill net 0.7 N/A - N/A 2.05 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 0.7 N/A - N/A 4.40 N/A - N/A
Freshwater Drum Gill net 34.7 4.0 - 32.3 0.71 0.3 - 1.1
  Trap net 2.1 0.5 - 4.2 0.71 0.4 - 1.2
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.2 0.2 - 0.8 0.07 0.1 - 0.1
Largemouth Bass Gill net 1.0 0.3 - 0.8 0.32 0.4 - 1.0
Snapping Turtle Trap net 0.1 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Walleye Gill net 4.0 1.2 - 6.3 0.74 1.2 - 2.7
  Trap net 1.2 0.3 - 1.2 2.36 0.8 - 2.8
White Crappie Gill net 6.0 0.7 - 10.4 0.45 0.2 - 0.3
  Trap net 13.9 0.5 - 6.6 0.47 0.2 - 0.4
White Sucker Gill net 0.3 0.4 - 2.2 2.20 1.5 - 2.4
  Trap net 0.4 0.2 - 1.0 2.21 1.6 - 2.8
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 1.3 0.5 - 7.5 0.62 0.5 - 0.8
  Trap net 0.3 0.9 - 5.7 0.63 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 3.0 2.0 - 27.9 0.25 0.1 - 0.2
  Trap net 0.1 0.3 - 1.7 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 2005 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 0 0 22 0 0 0 0 0 22
Black Crappie 1 14 35 0 0 0 0 0 50
Bluegill 4 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 24
Channel Catfish 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 0 8
Largemouth Bass 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Walleye 0 0 12 3 5 0 3 0 23
White Crappie 1 28 106 0 0 0 0 0 135
Yellow Bullhead 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 7
Yellow Perch 1 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 10


For the record, the largest Burbot taken in Minnesota weighed 19 lbs., 3 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake of the Woods near Baudette
    When: Lake of the Woods County
    Statistics: 36.25" length, 22.75" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye adults 257 33.0
  Walleye fingerlings 634 103.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 1,656 105.0
2010 Walleye yearlings 792 132.0
2008 Walleye fingerlings 1,300 100.0
2006 Walleye fingerlings 1,920 96.0
2004 Walleye fingerlings 2,956 167.0

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

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 08/22/2005)

Sisseton is a 140 acre lake of which 100 acres are 15 feet deep or less. The lake has a maximum depth of 19.0 feet and is located within the city limits of Fairmont in Martin County. Walleye are managed primarily on the lake while yellow perch, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie are managed secondarily. Sisseton is stocked every other year with walleye fingerlings and is due to be stocked again in 2006. Presently the DNR is working with a landowner on the Northeast side of the lake to restore approximately 300 feet of shoreline to natural conditions.

Results of our netting in 2005 indicated that the walleye population is similar to other lakes like Sisseton. The gill net catch rate was 4.0 walleye per net. An expected catch rate for lakes similar to Sisseton would range from 1.2 to 6.3. Lengths of walleye sampled in gill nets ranged from 10.8 to 18.0 inches and averaged 12.9 inches. Three different ages of walleye were sampled during the assessment. Two of the ages coincided with years we stocked fingerlings while one coincided with a year we stocked walleye fry.

Catch rates for yellow perch appeared to be down a little from the last two assessments which were done in 2001 and 1997, however the population is still similar to other lakes like Sisseton. Lengths of yellow perch ranged from 5.9 to 10.2 inches and averaged 7.6 inches.

Sisseton has a good crappie population with both white and black crappie present. An obvious difference between the two is that a white crappie has vertical lines on the body where a black crappie doesn't. Lengths of crappie sampled in our trap nets ranged from 3.1 to 11.0 inches and aveaged about 9.4 inches. Four different ages of crappie were sampled during the 2005 assessment.

The bluegill trap net catch rate of 2.6 was below the typical range of 7.5 to 62.5 fish per net we would expect for lakes similar to Sisseton. There were some very nice bluegill captured in our nets however. Lengths ranged from 3.3 to 9.2 inches and the average weight was 0.5 pounds. Six different ages of bluegill were captured in trap nets indicating that they have good reproductive success.

This was the first time since 1997 channel catfish were sampled in trap nets in Sisseton. Lengths of channel catfish ranged from 19.5 to 25.8 inches and averaged 4.4 pounds. Six of the fish aged were eight years old while one fish was nine years of age.

Other species sampled included largemouth bass, black bullheads, freshwater drum, carp, yellow bullheads, white suckers, and golden shiners.

To promote and maintain healthy fish populations, pollution and other inputs need to be controlled. Fish habitats are directly affected by water quality. Nutrient, sediment and other inputs can drastically alter the biological, chemical, and physical components of a lake. It is paramount to maintain if not improve the current water quality of Sisseton Lake through watershed management to preserve this fishery for future generations to enjoy.


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
To order, use C0460 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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