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Name: Devils

Nearest Town: Perham
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 06/25/2007
Inventory Number: 56024500
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 355.29
Littoral Area (acres): 211
Maximum Depth (ft): 67
Water Clarity (ft): 9

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


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Fish Sampled for the 2007 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 1.33 0.7 - 3.4 0.39 0.2 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 37.56 6.1 - 46.6 0.19 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 4.33 N/A 0.27 N/A
Brown Bullhead Trap net 1.22 0.4 - 2.1 0.88 0.6 - 1.1
Gill net 0.11 0.5 - 2.5 0.82 0.6 - 1.0
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.22 0.3 - 1.3 0.19 0.2 - 0.7
Gill net 1.00 0.3 - 1.7 0.62 0.6 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 0.78 N/A 2.70 N/A
Gill net 8.78 3.5 - 10.5 2.40 1.6 - 2.9
Pumpkinseed Trap net 4.11 2.0 - 8.5 0.29 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 2.44 N/A 0.28 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.22 0.3 - 0.7 3.81 1.1 - 3.4
Gill net 1.78 1.3 - 5.0 2.02 1.3 - 2.5
White Sucker Gill net 0.44 0.5 - 2.7 2.16 1.8 - 2.5
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 6.89 1.3 - 9.8 0.58 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 5.56 1.0 - 10.5 0.60 0.4 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.11 0.5 - 3.3 0.04 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.33 3.4 - 43.6 0.09 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 2007 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 crappie 4 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 12
bluegill 133 238 0 0 0 0 0 0 377
brown bullhead 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 0 12
largemouth bass 0 6 2 3 0 0 0 0 11
northern pike 0 0 0 0 42 24 13 7 86
pumpkinseed 7 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 59
walleye 0 2 0 0 12 3 1 0 18
white sucker 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 4
yellow bullhead 0 11 95 6 0 0 0 0 112
yellow perch 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4


For the record, the largest Hybrid Sunfish taken in Minnesota weighed 1 lb., 12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Middle Branch of the Zumbro River, Olmsted County
    When: 7/9/94
    Statistics: 11.5" length, 12" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye yearlings 707 211.0
2009 Walleye yearlings 752 66.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,581 89.0
  Walleye adults 53 48.0
2006 Walleye fingerlings 3,859 227.0

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 06/25/2007)

Devils Lake is a 314-acre mesotrophic lake located in northeastern Otter Tail County approximately four miles northwest of Perham, MN. The immediate watershed is composed primarily of agricultural land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. There are no navigable inlets or outlets. The maximum depth is 67 feet; however, 67% of the lake is 15 feet or less in depth. The secchi disk reading during the 2007 lake survey was 9.0 feet. Previous secchi disk readings have ranged from 10.0 to 15.0 feet. The south, east, and west shorelines of Devils Lake have been developed. Homes and cottages compose the majority of the development. One resort and a DNR owned public access are located along the east shoreline. The shoal water substrates consist primarily of sand and gravel. Areas of emergent aquatic vegetation are rare. Devils Lake can be ecologically classified as a bass-panfish type of lake and this is reflected in the assemblage of the fish community. Northern pike, largemouth bass, walleye and bluegill are the dominant gamefish species in Devils Lake. The northern pike test-net catch rate indicates that they are abundant. Age data indicate that northern pike reproduction is consistently good. Northern pike ranged in length from 16.2 to 37.4 inches with a mean length and weight of 21.7 inches and 2.4 pounds. Northern pike growth is slow with an average length of 22.1 inches at age-VI. Slow growth may be related to the low abundance of yellow perch which is a preferred forage of northern pike. Summer test-net indices are not reliable indicators of largemouth bass abundance or size structure; however, angler reports on this species have been positive. Bass sampled during this survey ranged in length from 6.8 to 12.2 inches. The walleye test-net catch rate has remained stable in recent surveys. Age data indicate that walleye reproduction is very limited. The DNR stocks walleye fingerlings on a triennial basis to maintain the population. Walleyes ranged in length from 7.0 to 24.8 inches with an average length and weight of 21.7 inches and 3.6 pounds. Walleyes attain an average length of 13.2 inches at four years of age. The bluegill test-net catch rate indicates that they are also abundant; however, the recent trend has been a decline in abundance. The decline in abundance corresponds with an increase in size structure. Thirty-one percent of the bluegills were 7.0 inches or greater in length. Age data indicate that bluegill reproduction is consistently good. Bluegills attain an average length of 6.3 inches at six 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 C1166 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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