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Name: Dead

Nearest Town: Dent
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 08/15/2012
Inventory Number: 56038300
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete A state owned public access is located off of County Road 32 along the south shoreline of the east basin.
DNR Concrete A state owned public access is located off of County Road 115 along the south shoreline of the west basin.
Township Concrete A township owned public access is located off of County Road 35 along the north shoreline of the north basin.


Fish Health:

Disease:Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)Date Tested:4/27/2010Result:Negative
Source: UMN

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 7534.81
Littoral Area (acres): 6537
Maximum Depth (ft): 65
Water Clarity (ft): 5.0 (3.2-7.8)

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


Did you know? Fisheries personnel monitor and regulate aquaculture, fishing tournaments, commercial fishing operations, aquatic plant management, and aeration.

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 0.17 1.3 - 78.1 0.71 0.2 - 0.6
Gill net 1.50 4.6 - 83.0 0.62 0.2 - 0.6
Black Crappie Trap net 1.50 1.0 - 12.3 0.48 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 1.83 0.8 - 11.1 0.36 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 14.75 1.0 - 14.9 0.19 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 2.50 N/A 0.21 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.08 0.1 - 0.7 3.58 3.7 - 5.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.67 0.4 - 9.8 1.12 0.4 - 0.9
Gill net 3.50 0.6 - 7.7 1.21 0.4 - 1.1
Common Carp Trap net 0.67 0.7 - 5.1 13.69 2.3 - 5.6
Gill net 0.08 0.5 - 9.1 7.50 1.0 - 4.9
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 1.00 N/A 0.23 N/A
Gill net 0.17 N/A 0.11 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.50 0.1 - 0.8 0.94 0.4 - 1.5
Gill net 0.58 0.3 - 1.8 1.75 0.3 - 1.1
Northern Pike Trap net 0.92 N/A 1.16 N/A
Gill net 4.00 1.2 - 7.8 1.31 1.5 - 3.0
Pumpkinseed Trap net 3.25 0.4 - 4.5 0.26 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.92 N/A 0.21 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.42 0.1 - 0.3 0.48 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 0.08 0.2 - 0.7 0.27 0.3 - 0.4
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.67 0.2 - 5.3 2.29 1.3 - 2.7
Walleye Trap net 0.67 0.3 - 1.7 2.16 0.9 - 2.4
Gill net 8.83 3.2 - 15.3 1.38 0.9 - 1.9
White Sucker Trap net 0.67 0.3 - 1.3 3.05 1.3 - 2.6
Gill net 0.92 0.8 - 5.9 1.75 1.4 - 2.2
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 5.92 0.5 - 4.1 0.74 0.4 - 0.8
Gill net 4.33 0.3 - 3.6 0.79 0.5 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 2.6 0.26 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.50 3.0 - 22.5 0.26 0.1 - 0.4
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 5 12 3 0 0 0 0 20
black crappie 14 8 17 1 0 0 0 0 40
bluegill 97 109 1 0 0 0 0 0 207
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
brown bullhead 0 1 4 45 0 0 0 0 50
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 4 9
hybrid sunfish 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
largemouth bass 1 3 1 5 3 0 0 0 13
northern pike 0 0 1 5 41 9 2 1 59
pumpkinseed 14 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 50
rock bass 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 6
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
walleye 0 6 15 31 51 7 4 0 114
white sucker 0 0 2 3 11 3 0 0 19
yellow bullhead 1 4 89 28 1 0 0 0 123
yellow perch 2 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 10


For the record, the largest Longnose Gar taken in Minnesota weighed 16 lbs., 12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: St. Croix River, Prescott
    When: 5/4/82
    Statistics: 53" length, 16.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 8,037,000 66.0
2011 Walleye fry 6,537,000 56.2
2009 Walleye fry 3,265,513 27.6
2008 Walleye* fingerlings 2,300 115.0
2007 Walleye fry 3,265,500 27.0
2005 Walleye fry 3,265,000 26.8

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
DEAD
Otter Tail Co., 56038300
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   shorter than 18" 18" or longer   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
DEAD
Otter Tail Co., 56038300
Bluegill Sunfish 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 08/15/2012)

Dead Lake is a 7,901-acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located in central Otter Tail County approximately three miles south of Dent, MN. The Dead River outlet is located along the southeast shoreline and flows south into Walker and Otter Tail Lakes. The Walker Lake State Fish Hatchery is located on the Dead River. Dead Lake is also connected to Star Lake by a non-navigable channel under County Road 35. The immediate watershed is composed primarily of agricultural and marsh land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. The maximum depth of Dead Lake is 65 feet; however, 83% of the lake is less than 15 feet in depth. The secchi disk reading during the 2012 lake survey was 4.5 feet. Previous secchi disk readings have ranged from 3.0 to 6.0 feet. Water clarity in Dead Lake sometimes diminishes during the summer months due to plankton/algae blooms. The majority of the shoreline of Dead Lake remains undeveloped. Approximately 70% of the shoreline is composed of mixed hardwoods or marshlands. Homes, cabins, and resorts occupy the shoreline that is developed. Three public water accesses are available. They are located along the north, west, and east shorelines. Large stands of hardstem bulrush and wild rice are prevalent throughout the lake. Emergent aquatic plants such as bulrush and wild rice 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. Dead Lake has a reputation as one of the best all-around fishing lakes in Otter Tail County. Northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, black crappie, and bluegill are the dominant gamefish species in the fish community. The prolificacy of these species can be attributed to the abundance of suitable spawning habitat that is available. Walleyes ranged in length from 7.6 to 25.7 inches with an average length and weight of 15.3 inches and 1.4 pounds. Age data indicate that the 2009 and 2011 year classes are strong and should provide consistently good angling for several years. Walleyes attain an average length of 14.7 inches at four years of age. Northern pike abundance has remained stable over the recent series of surveys. Age data indicate that northern pike reproduction is consistently good but that mortality is high and growth is slow. Pike ranged in length from 11.5 to 34.3 inches with an average length and weight of 18.1 inches and 1.3 pounds. Bluegill abundance has also remained stable. The general trend has been for an increase in bluegill size distribution. Thirty-two percent of the bluegills were 7.0 inches or greater in length. Bluegills attain an average length of 7.4 inches at six years of age. Black crappies are abundant. Age data indicate that crappie reproduction is consistently good. Crappies attain an average length of 10.8 inches at five 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 B0044 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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