Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Alexander

Nearest Town: Randall
Primary County: Morrison
Survey Date: 08/18/2014
Inventory Number: 49007900
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete State owned access on the east side
DNR Concrete State owned access on the west side
Township Gravel Cushing Twp. access on the south side

Fishing Regulations:

Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 2708.78
Littoral Area (acres): 842
Maximum Depth (ft): 64
Water Clarity (ft): 11.3 (10.75-12)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 54 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 15.0 (3-19)

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

Fish Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Black Crappie Gill net 0.53 0.2 - 1.1 0.66 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Gill net 13.07 N/A 0.19 N/A
Green Sunfish Gill net 0.13 0.1 - 0.5 0.36 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Gill net 0.47 N/A 0.20 N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.40 0.3 - 1.2 0.89 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Gill net 3.73 3.0 - 7.9 2.63 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Gill net 2.07 N/A 0.19 N/A
Rock Bass Gill net 5.20 1.0 - 6.6 0.39 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 3.87 0.2 - 0.9 1.54 0.9 - 1.8
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 3.40 0.5 - 5.2 0.46 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Gill net 7.93 4.0 - 9.6 2.32 1.1 - 1.9
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.27 0.6 - 6.4 0.89 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 4.73 7.1 - 33.9 0.16 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 2014 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 crappie 0 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 8
bluegill 84 111 0 0 0 0 0 0 195
green sunfish 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
largemouth bass 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 6
northern pike 0 0 1 0 22 16 15 2 56
pumpkinseed 18 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 31
rock bass 14 46 18 0 0 0 0 0 78
smallmouth bass 3 5 10 15 24 1 0 0 58
tullibee (cisco) 0 25 8 15 3 0 0 0 51
walleye 0 0 1 24 57 31 6 0 119
yellow bullhead 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4
yellow perch 18 48 3 0 0 0 0 0 69

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 1,200,000 10.6
2014 muskellunge fingerlings 400 66.7
  walleye fry 2,500,000 22.3
2012 Muskellunge adults 4 20.0
  Muskellunge fingerlings 617 123.4
  Walleye fry 2,500,000 22.0
2011 Walleye fry 2,500,000 22.8
2010 Muskellunge fingerlings 283 60.9
2009 Muskellunge yearlings 170 85.0
  Walleye fry 2,500,000 25.0
2008 Muskellunge fingerlings 650 135.6
2007 Walleye fry 2,500,000 25.0
2006 Muskellunge fingerlings 516 81.1
  Muskellunge yearlings 58 64.4

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

These fish consumption guidelines help people make choices about which fish to eat and how often. Following the guidelines 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

County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
Morrison Co., 49007900
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
Morrison Co., 49007900
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

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.

PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate

Status of the Fishery (as of 08/18/2014)

Lake Alexander is one of the most popular lakes in Morrison County. Besides being a scenic, clear-water lake, it supports a diverse fish community that offers a variety of angling opportunities. Alexander has abundant offshore structures and a reputation of better Walleye angling success at night or on overcast days. Three public accesses are located on the lake. Sand was the most common shallow water substrate found during the survey. The lake supports diverse vegetation beds that provide important fish habitat as well as shoreline protection from erosion. Some of the more common submergent plant species were clasping-leaf pondweed, coontail, and flat-stemmed pondweed. The fish management focus for the lake is primarily Walleye with secondary management for Northern Pike, Muskellunge, Largemouth Bass, and Smallmouth Bass. A Northern Pike regulation was implemented in 2003 which requires the release of all pike between 24 and 36 inches with one over 36 inches allowed in possession. The objective of the regulation is to improve the pike population size structure. Lake Alexander provides the potential for anglers to catch trophy size fish of several different species. Walleye are a much sought after species on Alexander and a variety of sizes were observed in both the 2014 summer survey and spring Muskellunge assessment. Although the summer survey Walleye catch was lower than the desired management goal, the catch rate was an increase from the last survey, near the long term average for the lake, and within the normal range when compared to similar type lakes. Walleye fry stocking has proven to be an inexpensive and viable method of sustaining the Walleye population and meeting fishing pressure demands on the lake. Lake Alexander has lower Northern Pike numbers than many lakes in the Little Falls Area. Although summer survey results for Northern Pike were not that impressive, some nicer fish over five pounds were common in the spring Muskellunge assessment. Lake Alexander has also become a destination lake for Muskellunge anglers, who regularly report catching fish over 50 inches. The minimum size for Muskellunge was raised to 54 inches beginning with the 2015 season. Good numbers of both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass can be found in Lake Alexander and quality fish of both species have been documented. Panfish species present include Black Crappie, Bluegill, hybrid sunfish, Pumpkinseed, and Rock Bass. Black Crappie provide a popular winter and spring fishery with fish over 13 inches available. Most of panfish tend to be small by anglers' standards, but both Bluegill and Pumpkinseed over seven inches can be found. Lake Alexander supports populations of all three bullhead species, however, Yellow Bullhead was the only species caught in the 2014 summer survey. Yellow Perch numbers continue to be low but Tullibee (Cisco) numbers appear to have improved and that species could be an important alternative prey species for game fish in the lake. Fishermen and recreational boaters are reminded that they need to be diligent about cleaning both their boats and trailers when going between lakes to prevent the spread of exotics. Several exotics, including Eurasian Watermilfoil, grow in Lake Alexander. While a large portion of the watershed is forested, much of the lakeshore itself is developed. Good land use practices by landowners can play an important role to protect and improve the water quality of the lake.

For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
16543 Haven Rd
Little Falls, MN 56345
Phone: (320) 616-2450
Internet: Little Falls Fisheries

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 C0470 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

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