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Name: Lime

Nearest Town: Avoca
Primary County: Murray
Survey Date: 06/25/2007
Inventory Number: 51002400

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Concrete County Park on South side of Lake.
DNR Concrete STATE OWNED ACCESS ON NE CORNER OF LAKE


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 326.04
Littoral Area (acres): 338
Maximum Depth (ft): 7
Water Clarity (ft): .5

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 4 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 0


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

Fish Sampled for the 2007 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Bigmouth Buffalo Trap net 2.80 0.2 - 1.0 6.08 2.6 - 5.8
Black Bullhead Trap net 23.40 11.5 - 132.6 0.21 0.2 - 0.4
Black Crappie Trap net 23.90 1.2 - 20.5 0.84 0.2 - 0.5
Channel Catfish Trap net 0.10 N/A 2.16 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 3.00 1.0 - 5.5 3.79 1.4 - 4.6
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.20 0.2 - 1.9 0.19 0.1 - 0.2
Northern Pike Trap net 3.10 N/A 1.55 N/A
Quillback Trap net 1.90 N/A 1.84 N/A
White Crappie Trap net 0.10 0.3 - 6.0 1.12 0.3 - 0.6
White Sucker Trap net 2.10 0.3 - 2.6 0.96 1.0 - 2.0
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.30 0.5 - 2.5 0.16 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 3.20 0.3 - 3.8 0.26 0.1 - 0.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2007 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 11 13 4 0 28
black bullhead 6 223 1 0 0 0 0 0 234
black crappie 5 30 191 7 0 0 0 0 239
channel catfish 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
common carp 0 1 4 2 12 3 8 0 30
green sunfish 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
northern pike 0 0 0 8 10 10 3 0 31
quillback 0 0 1 2 16 0 0 0 19
white crappie 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
white sucker 0 0 7 10 4 0 0 0 21
yellow bullhead 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
yellow perch 1 21 10 0 0 0 0 0 32


For the record, the largest Smallmouth Buffalo taken in Minnesota weighed 20 lbs., 0 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Big Sandy Lake, Aitkin County
    When: 9/20/03
    Statistics: 32" length, 23-3/4" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2011 Northern Pike fingerlings 3,160 13.7
2009 Northern Pike fingerlings 649 4.1
2008 Northern Pike fingerlings 1,580 9.0
2007 Northern Pike adults 67 167.5
  Northern Pike fingerlings 390 5.1
2006 Northern Pike fingerlings 3,160 22.3
2004 Northern Pike adults 13 39.0

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 06/25/2007)

Lime Lake, adjacent to the City of Avoca, covers 316 acres and has a maximum depth of seven feet. It has a history of low oxygen levels, having been opened to liberalized fishing 18 times since 1950. Because of shallowness and low oxygen levels, the lake is managed for northern pike and yellow perch, which are more tolerant of these conditions. The lake is the source of Lime Creek, which is directly connected to the West Fork of the Des Moines River. This has allowed fish populations to rapidly re-establish after winterkill with very little stocking. An aeration system consisting of three "Ice Eaters" was installed for the winter of 1997-98. Unfortunately, most often the species that are quickly re-established are less desirable (common carp, and black bullhead). Due to shallowness, only trap nets were used to conduct the survey.

Lime Lake has provided good angling for yellow perch, northern pike, and occasionally black crappie in past years. Yellow perch numbers have remained relatively high with no perch stocking since 1982, indicating that good spawning habitat exists. Northern pike numbers, after declining during the drought period of the late 1980's, are coming back with the return of sufficient water levels.

The northern pike population is on the rise when compared back to the early 1990s. The northern pike trap net catch rate was 3.1 per set during the 2007 survey. The trap net catch rate was 1.8 in 2001 and 1.4 in 1997. Because we take adult northern pike from Lime for broodstock, the lake is stocked annually with northern pike fingerlings. Lengths of northern pike caught in trap nets ranged from 13.4 to 27.5 inches averaged18.6 inches. Lime Lake was stocked with northern pike adults in 2004 and 2007 while northern pike fingerlings were stocked in 2006 and 2007. The adults stocked were from the rearing ponds, which were stocked with adults in the spring. Five consecutive year classes starting in 2001 were observed during the survey indicating good natural recruitment. Age-1 fish represented 55 percent of the northern pike sampled.

The yellow perch population is also doing quite well in Lime Lake. The yellow perch trap net catch rate was 3.2 in 2007 compared to 0 in 2001 and 4.2 in 1997. Lengths of yellow perch caught in trap nets ranged from 5.4 to 10.1 inches and averaged 7.0 inches.

Lime Lake has a high black crappie population with some very nice sized black crappie present. The black crappie trap net catch rate 23.9 in 2007 compared to 0 in 2001 and 1.3 in 1997. Lengths of black crappie caught in trap nets ranged from 3.8 to 14.0 inches and had an average length of 10.6 inches.

Black bullhead and common carp numbers were down substantially from the surveys conducted in 2001 and 1997. It is hopeful that if this trend continues, a resurgence of vegetation and improved water quality will occur.

Shoreline seining indicated natural reproduction of bigmouth buffalo, black crappie, channel catfish, orangespotted sunfish, quillback, and yellow perch. Other fish sampled during the survey included green sunfish, white crappie, white sucker, yellow bullhead, and fathead minnow.

To maintain a healthy fishery in Lime 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
No depth map available.


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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