Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Budd

Nearest Town: Fairmont
Primary County: Martin
Survey Date: 08/17/2009
Inventory Number: 46003000
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Ownership Type Description
City Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 227.9
Littoral Area (acres): 111
Maximum Depth (ft): 23
Water Clarity (ft): 2.8

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 2009 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.33 0.7 - 25.7 0.94 0.3 - 0.6
Black Crappie Trap net 2.67 1.8 - 21.2 0.42 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 1.50 2.5 - 16.5 0.43 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 1.33 7.5 - 62.5 0.33 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 2.50 N/A 0.46 N/A
Channel Catfish Trap net 0.11 N/A 3.64 N/A
Gill net 6.25 N/A 1.81 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 1.56 0.4 - 2.0 6.06 2.6 - 6.0
Gill net 1.75 0.3 - 3.0 7.34 1.9 - 5.2
Freshwater Drum Trap net 4.33 0.5 - 4.2 0.53 0.4 - 1.2
Gill net 51.75 4.0 - 32.3 0.68 0.3 - 1.1
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.22 0.2 - 0.7 2.29 0.2 - 0.9
Northern Pike Trap net 0.22 N/A 6.39 N/A
Quillback Trap net 0.33 N/A 1.41 N/A
Walleye Trap net 1.11 0.3 - 1.2 1.70 0.8 - 2.8
Gill net 2.50 1.2 - 6.3 2.12 1.2 - 2.7
White Crappie Trap net 4.33 0.5 - 6.6 0.37 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 3.50 0.7 - 10.4 0.41 0.2 - 0.3
White Sucker Trap net 1.56 0.2 - 1.0 2.39 1.6 - 2.8
Gill net 1.00 0.4 - 2.2 1.81 1.5 - 2.4
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 1.7 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 39.50 2.0 - 27.9 0.23 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
black bullhead 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3
black crappie 0 14 16 0 0 0 0 0 30
bluegill 2 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
channel catfish 0 0 0 5 16 3 2 0 26
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 17 4 0 21
freshwater drum 0 8 131 103 0 0 0 0 246
largemouth bass 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
quillback 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3
walleye 0 0 10 0 4 3 2 0 20
white crappie 0 16 37 0 0 0 0 0 53
white sucker 0 0 2 0 15 1 0 0 18
yellow perch 0 142 12 0 0 0 0 0 159


For the record, the largest Lake Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 43 lbs., 8 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Superior, near Hovland
    When: 5/30/55

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye adults 250 32.0
  Walleye fingerlings 816 119.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 2,442 111.0
2010 Walleye fingerlings 380 19.0
  Walleye yearlings 876 146.0
2008 Walleye fingerlings 1,443 111.0
2006 Walleye yearlings 1,005 126.0
2004 Walleye* fingerlings 2,339 111.0

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
BUDD
Martin Co., 46003000
Carp All sizes        
Channel Catfish All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Yellow Perch All sizes        

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
BUDD
Martin Co., 46003000
Carp All sizes        
Channel Catfish All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Yellow Perch 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)

Budd is a 222-acre lake with a maximum of 23 feet deep, located within the city limits of Fairmont in Martin County. Budd Lake is just one of the five lakes in Fairmont that make up what is known as the "Fairmont Chain of Lakes". Budd is managed primarily for walleye while yellow perch, crappie, and channel catfish are managed secondarily.

Based on the 2009 fish survey on Budd 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 10.1 to 25.6 inches and averaged 17.2 inches. Ages of walleye caught in our nets ranged from age 1 to age 15. 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 Budd, are scheduled to get additional walleye fingerlings in the fall of 2010.

Crappie numbers are also typical of lakes similar to Budd. Both black and white crappie are available to anglers in Budd 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 6.3 to 10.3 inches and averaged 9.0 inches. Lengths of white crappie caught in trap nets ranged from 8.3 to 9.9 inches and averaged 9.2 inches.

Results from the 2009 fish survey indicated Budd Lake has high numbers of yellow perch available to anglers. The gill net catch rate of 39.5 fish/net was the highest recorded in the history of netting on the lake. Lengths of yellow perch caught in our gill nets ranged from 6.3 to 10.8 inches and averaged 7.6 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 Budd Lake in 1997 when one fish with a weight of 0.9 lbs was sampled in our nets. The channel catfish gill net catch rate in 2009 was 6.2 fish/net compared to 4.0 in 2001 and 0.2 in 1997. Lengths of channel catfish caught in gill nets in 2009 ranged from 12.5 to 26.2 inches and averaged 17.0 inches.

Other fish caught in our nets during the assessment in 2009 included bluegill, common carp, northern pike, and white sucker.

To maintain a healthy fishery in Budd Lake, we need to promote Best Management Practices (BMPs) 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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