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Name: Currant (Current)

Nearest Town: Balaton
Primary County: Murray
Survey Date: 06/22/2009
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): 405.73
Littoral Area (acres): 377
Maximum Depth (ft): 9.5
Water Clarity (ft): .8

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


Did you know? Spawning habitat improvements can enhance naturally reproducing populations of fish species such as walleye and northern pike.

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

Bigmouth Buffalo Trap net 0.78 0.2 - 1.0 6.21 2.6 - 5.8
Gill net 6.33 0.8 - 7.0 3.01 N/A
Black Bullhead Trap net 2.22 11.5 - 132.6 0.32 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 2.33 30.3 - 150.6 0.11 0.2 - 0.4
Black Crappie Trap net 18.89 1.2 - 20.5 0.25 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 1.67 1.4 - 13.8 0.18 0.2 - 0.4
Common Carp Trap net 2.89 1.0 - 5.5 2.84 1.4 - 4.6
Gill net 16.67 1.0 - 13.8 1.13 0.8 - 3.7
Orangespotted Sunfish Trap net 0.44 N/A 0.04 N/A
Walleye Trap net 1.44 0.5 - 3.0 2.92 0.8 - 2.3
Gill net 2.00 2.3 - 18.1 0.99 1.0 - 2.3
Yellow Perch Trap net 2.78 0.3 - 3.8 0.08 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 6.67 2.7 - 25.0 0.07 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 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
bigmouth buffalo 0 0 2 7 4 10 2 0 26
black bullhead 5 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 27
black crappie 4 165 2 0 0 0 0 0 175
common carp 0 0 21 29 18 5 3 0 76
orangespotted sunfish 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
walleye 0 5 4 3 0 5 2 0 19
yellow perch 34 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 45


For the record, the largest Shortnose Gar taken in Minnesota weighed 4 lbs., 9.6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River, Hennepin County
    When: 7/22/84
    Statistics: 34.6" length, 10" 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 06/22/2009)

Currant is a 394-acre lake located southwest of Balaton in Murray County. The lake has a maximum depth of 9.5 feet and is a class 43 lake. Currant Lake is managed primarily for walleye while yellow perch, black crappie and northern pike. An aeration system was installed in 1981 and no winterkill has been document through the winter of 2008-09. Unfortunately due to a difficult winter in 2009-10, oxygen levels dropped to 0.8 ppm in February of 2010. The data collected for this assessment was during the summer of 2009 prior to low oxygen levels and results may not be indicative of the actual number of fish present.

Based on gill nets used during our fish survey in 2009, the walleye population is less than what we would expect for lakes similar to Currant. The walleye catch rate could have been affected by the high carp population in Currant. Carp have a tendency to move prior to walleyes and may have tangled up the gill nets before the walleye in the lake had a chance to be sampled. The trap nets indicated a population more like what we would see in lakes similar to Currant. Lengths of walleye caught in our trap nets ranged from 7.1 to 27.3 inches and averaged 15.9 inches.

As of 2009, Currant Lake has a respectable yellow perch population. No yellow perch were observed during fish surveys in 2001 and 2005 so adult perch were stocked in 2006. The gill net catch rate increased from 0.0 in 2005 to 6.7 in 2009. Lengths of yellow perch caught in our gill nets ranged from 5.4 to 7.0 inches and averaged 5.9 inches. These fish were likely offspring of the adults stocked in 2006.

There is an excellent black crappie population in Currant according to our 2009 fish survey. Lengths of black crappie caught in our trap nets ranged from 5.7 to 9.1 inches and averaged 7.6 inches.

Black bullhead numbers are down a bit from our 2005 fish survey. Trap net catch rates dropped from 15.4 in 2005 to 2.2 fish per net in 2009. Lengths of black bullhead caught in our trap nets in 2009 ranged from 6.6 to 9.6 inches and averaged 8.1 inches.

Northern pike were stocked as adults in 2004 and fingerlings in 2005 to establish a population which could act as another predator on common carp. No northern pike have ever been sampled in Currant Lake since starting lake surveys in 1993.

Other fish sampled during the assessment included bigmouth buffalo, common carp, and orangespotted sunfish.

To maintain a healthy fishery in Currant 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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