Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Clitherall

Nearest Town: Clitherall
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 07/09/2012
Inventory Number: 56023800
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Township Earthen A township owned public access is located off of State Highway 210 along the northeast shoreline of the lake.
DNR Concrete A state owned public access is located off of a township road along the south shoreline of the lake.


Fishing Regulations:

Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.

Fish Health:

Disease:Heterosporis sp.Date Tested:10/6/2000Result:Positive
Source: MNDNR

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 2539.52
Littoral Area (acres): 805
Maximum Depth (ft): 69
Water Clarity (ft): 13.7 (13-14)

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


Did you know? Habitat acquisition of lands next to lakes and streams protects spawning areas and shoreline vegetation, and it increases access to fishing waters.

Fish Sampled for the 2012 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 2.1 1.92 0.4 - 0.8
Gill net 0.07 0.5 - 4.1 0.06 0.6 - 1.0
Black Crappie Trap net 3.40 0.3 - 1.7 0.27 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 1.20 0.2 - 1.1 0.54 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 45.33 3.7 - 42.9 0.21 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 6.53 N/A 0.21 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.20 0.3 - 1.1 4.94 3.9 - 5.1
Gill net 0.07 0.1 - 0.2 3.75 3.0 - 5.2
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 1.7 1.26 0.7 - 1.1
Common Carp Trap net 0.07 0.2 - 1.0 11.14 3.5 - 7.4
Gill net 0.13 0.1 - 0.5 8.04 3.1 - 7.1
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 3.47 N/A 0.32 N/A
Gill net 0.07 N/A 0.32 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 5.80 0.4 - 1.4 0.28 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 12.07 0.3 - 1.2 0.78 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.07 N/A 3.03 N/A
Gill net 10.20 3.0 - 7.9 2.72 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 5.80 1.6 - 6.9 0.26 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.80 N/A 0.28 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 7.13 0.7 - 3.3 0.38 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 12.80 1.0 - 6.6 0.40 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Trap net 0.27 0.1 - 0.6 0.33 0.1 - 0.6
Gill net 0.53 0.2 - 0.9 1.57 0.9 - 1.8
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.07 0.5 - 5.2 1.15 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.67 0.3 - 0.9 1.40 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 6.07 4.0 - 9.6 1.56 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Gill net 1.27 1.0 - 3.5 2.97 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.40 0.9 - 4.8 1.44 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 0.33 0.6 - 6.4 1.37 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.07 0.7 - 3.7 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 4.33 7.1 - 33.9 0.12 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 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 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
black crappie 13 30 25 1 0 0 0 0 69
bluegill 264 510 0 0 0 0 0 0 778
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 4
brown bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3
hybrid sunfish 0 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 53
largemouth bass 4 103 103 57 1 0 0 0 268
northern pike 0 0 0 0 25 97 23 9 154
pumpkinseed 16 83 0 0 0 0 0 0 99
rock bass 30 227 37 0 0 0 0 0 299
smallmouth bass 0 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 12
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 7 3 21 60 9 1 0 101
white sucker 0 2 0 0 10 7 0 0 19
yellow bullhead 0 0 0 9 2 0 0 0 11
yellow perch 19 46 1 0 0 0 0 0 66


For the record, the largest Walleye taken in Minnesota weighed 17 lbs., 8 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Seagull River at Saganaga Lake, Cook County
    When: 5/13/79
    Statistics: 35.8" length, 21.3" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye1 fingerlings 12,460 445.0
2012 Walleye adults 260 193.0
  Walleye fingerlings 115 5.0
  Walleye yearlings 3,818 1,054.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 30,061 1,688.0
  Walleye yearlings 268 115.0
2010 Walleye1 fingerlings 1,090 69.0
2009 Walleye adults 69 87.0
  Walleye fingerlings 4,652 283.0
  Walleye1 fingerlings 7,232 287.0
  Walleye yearlings 1,368 566.0
2008 Walleye fingerlings 22,345 1,172.0
  Walleye yearlings 105 35.0
2006 Walleye fingerlings 18,278 1,207.0
2005 Walleye fingerlings 17,313 1,220.0

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

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
CLITHERALL
Otter Tail Co., 56023800
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Carp All sizes        
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
CLITHERALL
Otter Tail Co., 56023800
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Carp 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 07/09/2012)

Clitherall Lake is a 2,493-acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located in south-central Otter Tail County approximately one mile south of Clitherall, MN. Clitherall Lake is connected to Crane Lake via a non-navigable inlet along the south shoreline. The immediate watershed is composed primarily of agricultural land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. The maximum depth is 69 feet; however, 32% of the lake is 15 feet or less in depth. The secchi disk reading during the 2012 lake survey was 13.0 feet. Previous secchi disk readings have ranged from 9.3 to 16.0 feet. The majority of the shoreline of Clitherall Lake has been extensively developed. The development consists primarily of homes/cabins and resorts. A DNR owned public water access is located along the south shoreline and a township owned access is located along the north shoreline. Shoal water substrates consist primarily of sand and gravel. Stands of hardstem bulrush are scattered along the north and west shorelines. Emergent aquatic plants such as bulrush provide valuable fish and wildlife habitat, and are critical for maintaining good water quality. They protect shorelines and lake bottoms, and can actually absorb and break down polluting chemicals. Emergent plants provide spawning areas for fish such as northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish. They also serve as important nursery areas for all species of fish. Because of their ecological value, emergent plants may not be removed without a DNR permit. To maintain the excellent water quality and angling that this lake has to offer, it is imperative to preserve the quality of the aquatic habitat. Clitherall Lake can be ecologically classified as a bass-panfish-walleye type of lake and this is reflected in the assemblage of the fish community. Northern pike, largemouth bass, walleye, black crappie, and bluegill are the dominant gamefish species. Walleye abundance has remained stable in recent surveys. Walleyes ranged in length from 9.5 to 22.5 inches with an average length and weight of 16.4 inches and 1.6 pounds. Walleyes attain an average length of 14.4 inches at four years of age. Northern pike abundance is at a historical high. Age and length data indicate that northern pike reproduction is consistently good. Pike ranged in length from 16.2 to 39.4 inches with an average length and weight of 22.9 inches and 2.7 pounds. Pike attain an average length of 24.5 inches at five years of age. A high density largemouth bass population exists. Bass ranged in length from 5.5 to 15.2 inches with an average length and weight of 11.0 inches and 0.8 pounds. Age and length data indicate that largemouth bass reproduction is consistently good. Bass attain an average length of 12.6 inches at five years of age. Data from a spring trapnetting assessment indicate that an abundant black crappie population exists. Size structure is also good with 85% of the sample measuring 10.0 inches or greater in length. Crappies attain an average length of 11.1 inches at six years of age. Bluegills are also very abundant. Bluegill size structure is good with 30% of the sample measuring 7.0 inches or greater in length. Bluegills attain an average length of 7.5 inches at eight years of age. Anglers can 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 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 B0505 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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