Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Marion

Nearest Town: Richville
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 06/18/2012
Inventory Number: 56024300
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete A state owned public access is located off of County Road 49 along the southeast shoreline of the lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1623.77
Littoral Area (acres): 685
Maximum Depth (ft): 62
Water Clarity (ft): 11.3 (9-13.5)

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 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 0.20 0.3 - 2.6 1.38 0.5 - 0.9
Gill net 0.20 0.6 - 6.8 1.09 0.5 - 1.0
Black Crappie Trap net 0.40 0.4 - 2.3 0.43 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 2.20 0.4 - 2.7 0.59 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 39.80 4.4 - 49.0 0.21 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 20.07 N/A 0.31 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 1.1 4.41 3.7 - 5.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.13 0.3 - 1.6 2.06 0.7 - 1.1
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.13 0.2 - 1.0 0.07 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 26.00 N/A 0.34 N/A
Gill net 3.07 N/A 0.37 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 1.80 0.3 - 1.3 0.35 0.2 - 0.8
Gill net 1.20 0.3 - 1.4 1.13 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.07 N/A 1.03 N/A
Gill net 10.47 2.8 - 9.0 1.77 1.6 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 9.73 1.8 - 7.8 0.25 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.87 N/A 0.24 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 3.93 0.5 - 2.5 0.44 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 1.00 0.6 - 3.9 0.39 0.3 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.13 0.8 - 6.2 0.19 0.6 - 1.4
Walleye Trap net 1.20 0.2 - 0.8 3.51 1.0 - 2.7
Gill net 8.73 3.3 - 8.8 1.38 1.2 - 2.1
White Sucker Gill net 0.33 0.9 - 4.0 2.67 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 14.93 1.2 - 5.2 0.82 0.6 - 0.9
Gill net 5.67 1.2 - 10.9 0.92 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.67 0.6 - 3.5 0.20 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 15.27 7.0 - 46.3 0.18 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 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 6
black crappie 9 2 26 2 0 0 0 0 39
bluegill 218 672 1 0 0 0 0 0 898
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
brown bullhead 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
green sunfish 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 23 409 0 0 0 0 0 0 436
largemouth bass 1 20 11 11 2 0 0 0 45
northern pike 0 0 0 0 90 59 8 1 158
pumpkinseed 28 127 0 0 0 0 0 0 159
rock bass 3 61 10 0 0 0 0 0 74
tullibee (cisco) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
walleye 0 3 4 61 61 15 5 0 149
white sucker 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 5
yellow bullhead 0 0 221 88 0 0 0 0 309
yellow perch 27 208 4 0 0 0 0 0 239


For the record, the largest Brown Bullhead taken in Minnesota weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Shallow Lake, Itasca County
    When: 5/21/74
    Statistics: 24.4" length

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye adults 239 239.0
  Walleye yearlings 174 116.0
  Walleye fingerlings 26,164 1,052.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 21,843 1,135.0
  Walleye yearlings 1,176 532.0
2009 Walleye adults 247 312.0
  Walleye fingerlings 4,598 117.0
  Walleye* fingerlings 7,486 404.0
  Walleye yearlings 2,822 541.0
2007 Walleye yearlings 5,353 734.0
  Walleye fingerlings 12,557 647.0
2005 Walleye fingerlings 28,711 1,372.0

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
MARION
Otter Tail Co., 56024300
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
MARION
Otter Tail Co., 56024300
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Bullhead All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury

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 06/18/2012)

Marion Lake is a 1,664-acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located in north-central Otter Tail County approximately four miles southwest of Perham, MN. The immediate watershed is composed of agricultural land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. The lake is composed of two basins which are separated by a peninsula. Boats can navigate between the basins using a narrow channel along the north shore. The west basin has a maximum depth of 30 feet while the east basin has a maximum depth of 62 feet. Forty-one percent of the lake area is 15 feet or less in depth. The secchi disk reading during the 2012 lake survey was 13.5 feet. Previous secchi disk readings have ranged from 9.0 to 15.0 feet. The shoreline of Marion Lake has been extensively developed. Homes, cottages, and resorts compose the majority of the development. A state owned public access is located along the southeast shoreline of the lake. Shoal water substrates consist primarily of sand interspersed with areas of gravel and rubble. Stands of emergent vegetation (hardstem bulrush, common cattail, and wild rice) are located in various areas throughout the lake. Emergent plants are important because they provide valuable fish and wildlife habitat and are critical for maintaining good water quality. They protect shorelines and lake bottoms, and can absorb and breakdown 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. Marion Lake can be ecologically classified as a walleye-bass-panfish type of lake and this is reflected in the assemblage of the fish community. Northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, and bluegill are the dominant gamefish species. Walleye abundance has remained stable over the recent series of surveys. Walleyes ranged in length from 7.0 to 24.8 inches with an average length and weight of 15.6 inches and 1.4 pounds. Walleyes attain an average length of 14.4 inches at four years of age. Northern pike abundance has historically fluctuated. Pike ranged in length from 15.2 to 32.8 inches with an average length and weight of 20.0 inches and 1.8 pounds. Northern pike attain an average length of 23.0 inches at four years of age. Catch data from recent surveys indicate that an abundant largemouth bass population exists. Age data indicate that bass reproduction is consistently good. Largemouth bass ranged in length from 5.1 to 16.1 inches. Bass attain an average length of 13.6 inches at five years of age. Catch data indicate that bluegills are also very abundant. Bluegill size structure is good with 34% of the bluegills measuring 7.0 inches or greater in length. Bluegills attain an average length of 6.9 inches at seven years of age. Anglers can maintain the quality of angling 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 B0223 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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