Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Currant (Current)

Nearest Town: Balaton
Primary County: Murray
Survey Date: 06/24/2013
Inventory Number: 51008200
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Concrete LOCATED ON EAST SIDE OF THE LAKE.
DNR Concrete LOCATED ON NW SIDE OF THE LAKE.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 405.74
Littoral Area (acres): 405.74
Maximum Depth (ft): 9.5
Water Clarity (ft): 1.1 (.8-1.4)

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


Did you know? Ongoing habitat improvement and maintenance work is conducted on trout streams that have publicly owned land or easements.

Fish Sampled for the 2013 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Bigmouth Buffalo Trap net 0.89 0.2 - 1.0 8.24 2.6 - 5.8
Gill net 2.33 0.8 - 7.0 5.22 N/A
Black Bullhead Trap net 77.78 11.5 - 132.6 0.26 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 9.67 30.3 - 150.6 0.19 0.2 - 0.4
Black Crappie Trap net 17.56 1.2 - 20.5 0.36 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.33 1.4 - 13.8 0.42 0.2 - 0.4
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.22 0.4 - 4.5 0.28 0.2 - 0.7
Common Carp Trap net 3.78 1.0 - 5.5 3.07 1.4 - 4.6
Gill net 16.67 1.0 - 13.8 1.69 0.8 - 3.7
Northern Pike Trap net 0.11 N/A ND N/A
Walleye Trap net 3.33 0.5 - 3.0 0.64 0.8 - 2.3
Gill net 1.00 2.3 - 18.1 0.82 1.0 - 2.3
White Sucker Trap net 0.22 0.3 - 2.6 1.31 1.0 - 2.0
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.33 0.5 - 2.5 1.14 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.78 0.3 - 3.8 0.25 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 4.67 2.7 - 25.0 0.24 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 2013 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 1 4 5 4 1 15
black bullhead 16 615 95 0 0 0 0 0 729
black crappie 0 108 47 0 0 0 0 0 159
brown bullhead 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
common carp 0 0 2 23 52 4 3 0 84
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 1 23 4 4 0 1 0 33
white sucker 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
yellow bullhead 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3
yellow perch 0 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 21


For the record, the largest Rock Bass (tie) taken in Minnesota weighed 2 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Winnibigoshish, Cass County
    When: 5/10/98
    Statistics: 12.6" length, 12.4" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 190,226 2.0
2012 Walleye fry 189,122 1.7
2011 Walleye fry 188,538 1.8
2010 Walleye fry 389,174 3.5
2009 Walleye adults 246 123.0
  Walleye adults 43 88.0
  Walleye fingerlings 8,549 406.0
  Walleye yearlings 25 5.0
  Walleye yearlings 35 19.0
2008 Walleye fry 377,075 3.6
2006 Walleye* fingerlings 8,814 591.0
  Yellow Perch adults 3,940 394.0
2005 Northern Pike fingerlings 2,460 29.5
  Walleye fry 376,042 3.3
2004 Northern Pike adults 90 270.0

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 06/24/2013)

Currant Lake is located southwest of Balaton in Murray County, has a surface area of 394 acres, a maximum depth of 9.5 feet, and is in DNR lake class 43. Minnesota DNR fisheries classify lakes with similar characteristics, such as size, depth, water chemistry, and other metrics on a statewide basis for comparison of fish communities. It is managed primarily for walleye, and secondarily for yellow perch and black crappie. Although crappies are doing well, survival of young walleye may have been impacted by predation from them and also black bullheads. Other factors, such as poor water quality, high carp and bullhead populations, and a partial winterkill in 2010, may be affecting the top level predators (i.e. walleye). To assess existing fish populations and management objectives, a test netting survey utilizing 3 gill nets and 9 trap nets was conducted during the week of June 24, 2013 with the following results.

The walleye catch rate of 1.0 per gill net was the third lowest on record since gill net surveys began in 1984. Walleye abundance in trap nets (3.3 fish per net) was just slightly above the long term average of 3.0 per net for this lake. Walleye lengths from both gear types ranged from 9.0 to 27.0 inches, but the majority were about 12 inches long. Only three walleye were aged by counting annual growth rings on an internal bony structure called an otolith. These fish were all three years old, which would correspond to a fry stocking in 2010. Walleye numbers have never been very high in Currant with a peak catch of 6.6 per gill net in the 1993 survey. Growth rates for walleye appear to be slow compared to other area lakes. Black crappie populations can negatively influence walleye growth and abundance.

Yellow perch catch rates of 4.7 per gill net were near the long term average of 5.0 per net during seven prior surveys since 1984. The trap net catch rate was just under 1.0 per net which was near the long term average for this lake. Perch from both gear types ranged from 7.0 to nearly 10.0 inches long, with near normal growth rates. Although no perch were aged for this assessment, using length frequency there appears to be one year class present. They should be sufficient in size and numbers to successfully spawn and increase future populations for anglers.

Black crappie catch rates of 17.5 per trap net were just under the long term average of 20.5 per net for this lake. Lengths of crappie ranged from 6.5 to 11.2 inches with a mean length of 8.3 inches. Based upon length frequency groupings, there are at least three year classes of crappie present. Growth rates were also excellent with crappie in good health. These robust fish should provide anglers with consistent crappie fishing for several years.

Black bullhead numbers in trap nets have risen dramatically since the 2009 survey from 2.2 per net then, to 77.8 per net currently. Lengths of bullhead in both gear types ranged from 5.7 to 10.0 inches and should be targeted by anglers and commercial fisherman too.

Common carp populations have been very abundant since the 1993 survey with a long term average of 23.0 per gill net. This year's assessment captured 16.7 per gill net, with lengths ranging from 11.3 to 27.0 inches. These fish would provide an excellent opportunity for bowfishers and commercial netters.

Other fish species sampled during this assessment in low densities included bigmouth buffalo, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, northern pike, and white sucker. Only two painted turtles were sampled in the nine trap nets.


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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