Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Kinbrae (Clear)

Nearest Town: Kinbrae
Primary County: Nobles
Survey Date: 06/04/2012
Inventory Number: 53001600
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Ownership Type Description

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 93.94
Littoral Area (acres): 93.94
Maximum Depth (ft): 7
Water Clarity (ft): 1.9 (1.8-2)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 3.1 (.5-4)

Did you know? Lake rehabilitation projects reclaim waters suffering from habitat degradation and overpopulation of some fish species.

Fish Sampled for the 2012 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 168.38 11.5 - 132.6 0.29 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 191.00 30.3 - 150.6 0.29 0.2 - 0.4
Black Crappie Trap net 12.75 1.2 - 20.5 0.32 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 7.50 1.4 - 13.8 0.07 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 0.50 1.2 - 20.0 0.23 0.1 - 0.4
Northern Pike Trap net 0.25 N/A 4.99 N/A
Gill net 2.00 1.1 - 8.0 2.84 1.8 - 3.4
Orangespotted Sunfish Gill net 0.50 N/A 0.04 N/A
Pumpkinseed Trap net 3.50 0.3 - 4.9 0.23 0.1 - 0.2
Walleye Trap net 0.38 0.5 - 3.0 2.09 0.8 - 2.3
Gill net 3.00 2.3 - 18.1 2.24 1.0 - 2.3
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.25 0.3 - 3.8 0.29 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 40.00 2.7 - 25.0 0.19 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 2012 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 9 1694 20 0 0 0 0 0 1729
black crappie 16 68 28 0 0 0 0 0 117
bluegill 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 6
orangespotted sunfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
pumpkinseed 16 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 28
walleye 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
yellow perch 4 79 5 0 0 0 0 0 90

For the record, the largest Chinook Salmon (King) taken in Minnesota weighed 33 lbs., 4 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Poplar River, Cook County
    When: 9/23/89
    Statistics: 44.75" length, 25.75" girth

    and by

    Where: 10/12/89
    Statistics: Lake Superior, St. Louis County

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 largemouth bass fingerlings 448 28.0
  northern pike fingerlings 908 7.9
  walleye fingerlings 5,106 222.0
  walleye adults 300 120.0
  walleye fry 95,082 0.9
  yellow perch adults 375 75.0
2013 Largemouth Bass fingerlings 1,280 6.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,480 44.0
  Walleye adults 46 29.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,136 89.0
2010 Northern Pike fingerlings 1,200 7.1
  Walleye yearlings 246 41.0
  Walleye fingerlings 1,736 98.0
2008 Northern Pike fingerlings 1,307 10.8
2007 Walleye fingerlings 927 103.0
2006 Northern Pike fingerlings 950 13.6

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

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 06/04/2012)


Kinbrae Lake, located near the town of Kinbrae in Nobles County, is a class 43 lake. Immigration of fish into Kinbrae Lake rarely happens as there is little connection to downstream waterways. In fact, based on historical records, Kinbrae Lake has never had common carp which is further documentation of the lack of connectivity to downstream waterways. Kinbrae Lake has been surveyed 4 times by DNR Fisheries going back to 1994. A survey was conducted during the first week of June in 2012 with gill nets, trap nets, and electrofishing.


The northern pike catch per unit effort (CPUE) in gill nets was 2.0 fish per set, which was lower than the 2006 survey of 4.3 fish per set. Total lengths of northern pike ranged from 22 to 25 inches and averaged 23 inches. Northern pike fingerlings (approximately 1,200 fish each time) have been stocked in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. Northern pike fingerlings are stocked in even numbered years but local production in 2012 was a bust due to drought so no fingerlings were stocked. Given the stocking records and typical growth of northern pike in the Windom Area, it is likely that the fish caught in 2012 are from the 2010 stocking. Given the yellow perch numbers in the survey, it would appear there is ample forage even though water clarity can be low at times limiting the northern pike's ability to find prey.


Yellow perch numbers have never been higher in Kinbrae Lake. The total catch in gill nets in 2012 averaged 40.0 fish per set compared to 25.3 fish per set in 2006. Total lengths ranged from 5 to 9 inches with an average size of 7 inches. It is likely if you are targeting yellow perch, you may need to put up with catching some smaller fish until you get some "keepers".


Largemouth numbers were as expected but lower than the 2006 survey. Total lengths of largemouth bass ranged from 6 to 16 inches with an average size of 10 inches. Surprisingly there were 7 age groups of largemouth bass based on ageing data from scales collected. There is some error with ageing scales, but 7 different ages present does indicate that there is some natural reproduction occurring with good survival of largemouth bass through winter. If winterkill does occur on Kinbrae, it would most likely occurs first with the largemouth because they are very sensitive to low dissolved oxygen. Anglers definitely have a chance of catching largemouth bass in Kinbrae Lake.


Walleye numbers have not changed substantially since the 2006 survey despite several stockings of walleye fingerlings. Nearly 3000 walleye fingerlings have been stocked since 2006. The 2006 survey sampled 2.3 walleye per gill net compared to 3.0 walleye per gill net in 2012. So although the number of walleye is better, it is not substantially better. All of the walleye sampled were greater than 16.5 inches and age analysis indicates they were from the 2007 stocking. The next stocking will be in the fall of 2013. If an angler catches a walleye in Kinbrae, it will likely be a nice "keeper" walleye.


Bluegill numbers are similar to years past but the pumpkinseed numbers are up. Total lengths of pumpkinseed range from 3.5 to 8.5 inches and had an average size of 6 inches. Sunfish can be caught in Kinbrae but the odds are high that you will catch a pumpkinseed before a bluegill.


Prior to the 2012 survey, a total of only 10 black crappie had been sampled in trap nets and gill nets combined during all historical surveys. The black crappie catch rate in trap nets in 2012 was 12.8 fish per set which was twice the expected catch rate. DNR Fisheries has not stocked black crappie and they are likely a result of illegal stocking. Total lengths of black crappie ranged from 5 to 11 inches with an average of 8 inches. There are some nice black crappie in Kinbrae that would likely provide some good fishing at times.


To maintain a healthy fishery in Summit Lake; we need to promote Best Management Practices (BMP's) 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 which can decimate fish populations and lead to carp and bullhead dominated lakes. Any improvement within the watershed will go a long way toward improving the fish community in the lake.

Prepared by Ryan Doorenbos

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

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

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