Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Clear

Nearest Town: Dalton
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 08/13/2012
Inventory Number: 56055900
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete A state owned public access is located off of a township road along the west shoreline of the lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 397.19
Littoral Area (acres): 153
Maximum Depth (ft): 29
Water Clarity (ft): 8.5 (5.8-11.2)

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 4.33 0.3 - 1.6 0.27 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 20.33 0.4 - 3.1 0.92 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 0.56 0.8 - 4.0 0.38 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.22 1.0 - 3.9 0.12 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 14.67 9.5 - 57.3 0.11 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.33 N/A 0.26 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 1.4 4.19 0.2 - 0.8
Gill net 0.11 0.4 - 1.6 2.51 0.5 - 1.3
Northern Pike Trap net 1.33 N/A 0.71 N/A
Gill net 6.67 3.5 - 8.9 2.53 1.6 - 3.0
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.33 1.5 - 6.8 0.03 0.1 - 0.3
Shorthead Redhorse Gill net 0.11 N/A 3.91 N/A
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 0.11 0.5 - 3.1 0.09 1.0 - 2.2
Walleye Trap net 0.22 0.3 - 0.5 1.72 1.1 - 4.0
Gill net 11.78 0.5 - 2.3 1.89 1.7 - 3.6
White Sucker Gill net 4.78 0.3 - 1.7 2.02 1.7 - 2.7
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 3.56 2.7 - 13.5 0.59 0.4 - 0.6
Gill net 1.00 2.1 - 15.8 0.88 0.3 - 0.5
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.00 0.3 - 1.2 0.19 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 50.33 1.0 - 10.3 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 12 41 66 103 0 0 0 0 222
black crappie 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 7
bluegill 98 40 1 0 0 0 0 0 144
largemouth bass 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4
northern pike 0 1 2 5 10 46 6 2 72
pumpkinseed 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
shorthead redhorse 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
smallmouth bass 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 10 13 36 27 11 11 0 108
white sucker 0 0 3 16 22 2 0 0 43
yellow bullhead 1 11 22 7 0 0 0 0 41
yellow perch 19 427 9 0 0 0 0 0 462


For the record, the largest Smallmouth Bass taken in Minnesota weighed 8 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: W. Battle Lake, Otter Tail County
    When: 1948

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye yearlings 7,938 273.0
  Walleye adults 76 47.0
2010 Walleye fingerlings 6,474 306.0
2008 Walleye fingerlings 7,032 306.0
2006 Walleye fingerlings 5,109 349.0
2004 Walleye fingerlings 4,866 304.0

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 08/13/2012)

Clear Lake is a 352-acre eutrophic (fertile) lake located in southwest Otter Tail County approximately two miles south of Dalton, MN. The immediate watershed consists primarily of agricultural land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. The maximum depth is 29 feet; however, 43% of the lake is 15 feet or less in depth. The secchi disk reading during the 2012 lake survey was 11.2 feet. Previous secchi disk readings ranged from 3.1 to 8.1 feet. The majority of the shoreline is undeveloped. A DNR owned public access is located along the west shoreline. Shoal water substrates consist primarily of sand, gravel, and rubble. Hardstem bulrush is prevalent along shoreline areas and on a mid-lake hump. Emergent aquatic macrophytes such as bulrush provide important fish and wildlife habitat and are critical for maintaining good water quality. They protect shorelines and lake bottoms from erosion and can actually absorb and breakdown polluting chemicals. Emergent plants provide spawning habitat for fish species like northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish. They also serve as important nursery areas for all species of fish. Because of their ecological importance, emergent plants may not be removed without a DNR permit. Walleye is a primary management specie for this lake. Walleyes ranged in length from 7.5 to 28.6 inches with an average length and weight of 15.8 inches and 1.9 pounds. Age data indicate that the 2010 year class is strong and should provide consistently good walleye angling for several years. Walleyes attain an average length of 16.4 inches at four years of age. Northern pike abundance and size structure has historically fluctuated. Pike ranged in length from 15.8 to 34.5 inches with an average length and weight of 22.6 inches and 2.5 pounds. Pike attain an average length of 24.7 inches at four years of age. Bluegill abundance and size structure has also fluctuated. Only four percent of the bluegill sample was 7.0 inches or greater in length. Bluegills attain an average length of 6.0 inches at three 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 an opportunity to catch more 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 C1522 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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