Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: East Battle

Nearest Town: Henning
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 08/04/2008
Inventory Number: 56013800
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete A state owned public access is located off of County Road 55 along the north shoreline of the lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1985.06
Littoral Area (acres): 825
Maximum Depth (ft): 87
Water Clarity (ft): 8.5

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


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

Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.07 0.5 - 4.1 0.80 0.6 - 1.0
Black Crappie Trap net 1.33 0.3 - 1.7 0.46 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.67 0.2 - 1.1 0.43 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 18.47 3.7 - 42.9 0.20 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 6.00 N/A 0.28 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.80 0.3 - 1.1 4.53 3.9 - 5.1
Gill net 0.33 0.1 - 0.2 3.74 3.0 - 5.2
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.27 0.3 - 1.7 1.35 0.7 - 1.1
Gill net 1.00 0.3 - 1.6 1.58 0.7 - 1.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 1.60 N/A 0.25 N/A
Gill net 5.33 N/A 0.35 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.87 0.4 - 1.4 0.34 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 9.20 0.3 - 1.2 0.79 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 1.60 N/A 1.23 N/A
Gill net 13.87 3.0 - 7.9 1.03 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.47 1.6 - 6.9 0.21 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 4.47 N/A 0.24 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 1.07 0.7 - 3.3 0.33 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.93 1.0 - 6.6 0.36 0.3 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.07 0.5 - 5.2 0.21 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.13 0.3 - 0.9 2.35 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 6.07 4.0 - 9.6 2.05 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Gill net 0.33 1.0 - 3.5 2.68 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 3.47 0.9 - 4.8 0.98 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 17.13 0.6 - 6.4 0.99 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 0.27 7.1 - 33.9 0.32 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 2008 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 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 1 13 16 0 0 0 0 0 30
bluegill 122 237 0 0 0 0 0 0 367
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 11 5 0 17
brown bullhead 0 0 0 14 5 0 0 0 19
hybrid sunfish 13 91 0 0 0 0 0 0 104
largemouth bass 5 6 116 19 3 0 0 0 151
northern pike 0 0 7 60 136 19 8 1 232
pumpkinseed 24 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 89
rock bass 6 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 30
tullibee (cisco) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 5 4 21 37 20 4 1 93
white sucker 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 5
yellow bullhead 0 7 116 186 0 0 0 0 309
yellow perch 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 4


For the record, the largest Bigmouth Buffalo taken in Minnesota weighed 41 lbs., 11 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River, Goodhue County
    When: 5/7/91
    Statistics: 38.5" length, 29.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye* fingerlings 1,500 150.0
2012 Walleye fry 825,000 6.9
2011 Walleye* fingerlings 5,000 500.0
2010 Walleye fry 825,033 6.7
2009 Walleye* fingerlings 5,000 500.0
2008 Walleye fry 825,000 7.0
  Yellow Perch* yearlings 10,000 500.0
2007 Walleye* yearlings 5,000 500.0
2006 Walleye fry 825,000 6.6
2005 Walleye* fingerlings 5,000 500.0
  Yellow Perch* adults 2,000 400.0
2004 Walleye fry 825,000 6.7
  Yellow Perch* adults 800 200.0

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

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

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
EAST BATTLE
Otter Tail Co., 56013800
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury
White Sucker   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
EAST BATTLE
Otter Tail Co., 56013800
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

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.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 08/04/2008)

East Battle Lake is a 1,949 acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located in south central Otter Tail County approximately two miles north of Vining, MN. East Battle Lake is connected to West Battle Lake via Battle Lake Creek. The immediate watershed is composed of agricultural land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. The maximum depth is 87 feet; however, 35% of the lake is 15 feet or less in depth. The shoreline length is 14.2 miles. A public access is located off of County Highway 55 along the northwest shoreline. The secchi disk reading, a standard measure of water clarity, was 8.5 feet. Previous secchi disk readings have ranged from 4.5 to 12.3 feet. A majority of the shoreline is developed with homes, cabins, and resorts. Sand and gravel compose a majority of the shoreline substrates. The most abundant types of submerged aquatic plants are chara and variable pondweed. The most common emergent aquatic plants are common cattail and hardstem bulrush. These emergent plants provide valuable fish and wildlife habitat and are critical in maintaining good water quality. Emergent plants also provide critical spawning habitat for several fish species including northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish. They also serve as important nursery areas for many species of fish. Because of their ecological value, emergent plants cannot be removed without a DNR permit. East Battle Lake is a popular angling lake. Northern pike, largemouth bass, walleye, and bluegill are the dominant gamefish species in the fish community of East Battle Lake. The prolificacy of these species can be attributed to the abundance of suitable spawning habitat that is available. A high density northern pike population exists. The northern pike population has increased to historic highs in recent surveys. Northern pike ranged in length from 10.0 to 33.9 inches with a mean length and weight of 17.4 inches and 1.2 pounds. Northern pike size structure continues to be poor with only six percent of the pike measuring 24.0 inches or greater in length. Pike attain an average length of 18.6 inches at four years of age. The bluegill test-net catch rate was within the normal range for this class of lake. Age data from recent surveys indicate that bluegill reproduction is consistently good. Bluegill size structure is also good as 37% of the bluegills were 7.0 inches or greater in length. Bluegills attain an average length of 6.7 inches at seven years of age. Catch data indicate that a high density largemouth bass population exists. Largemouth bass ranged in length from 8.1 to 15.5 inches with a mean length and weight of 11.2 inches and 0.8 pounds. Age data indicate that the 2005 year class is very strong. Bass attain an average length of 12.3 inches at four years of age. The walleye test-net catch rate was within the normal range for this class of lake. Walleye ranged in length from 8.1 to 31.1 inches with a mean length and weight of 17.7 inches and 2.0 pounds. Walleye attain an average length of 15.5 inches at four years of age. Anglers can help maintain the quality of fishing by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest encourages the release of medium to large size fish while allowing the harvest of the more abundant smaller fish for table fare. Releasing the medium to large fish will ensure that the lake will have enough spawning age fish on an annual basis and will provide anglers with more opportunities to catch large fish in the future.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1509 1st Ave N
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: (218) 739-7576
Internet: Fergus Falls Fisheries
E-Mail: FergusFalls.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
To order, use B0217 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
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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