Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Beers

Nearest Town: Pelican Rapids
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 08/06/2007
Inventory Number: 56072400

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 267.26
Littoral Area (acres): 96
Maximum Depth (ft): 61
Water Clarity (ft): 14.2

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


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 3.11 0.7 - 3.2 0.31 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.50 0.5 - 2.7 0.20 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 26.33 5.6 - 42.3 0.11 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 17.83 N/A 0.15 N/A
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 1.5 0.15 0.6 - 1.0
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 9.89 N/A 0.12 N/A
Gill net 1.67 N/A 0.12 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 2.22 0.3 - 1.1 0.39 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 1.2 1.19 0.5 - 1.1
Northern Pike Trap net 0.22 N/A 1.38 N/A
Gill net 2.50 3.1 - 8.5 3.26 1.5 - 2.7
Pumpkinseed Trap net 5.22 1.7 - 8.2 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.83 N/A 0.18 N/A
Walleye Gill net 0.17 1.3 - 5.5 6.28 1.2 - 2.4
White Sucker Gill net 0.17 0.5 - 3.5 1.11 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.22 1.5 - 7.7 0.46 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.33 0.5 - 2.7 0.16 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 11.83 2.5 - 24.2 0.10 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 5 17 9 0 0 0 0 0 31
bluegill 254 84 0 0 0 0 0 0 344
brown bullhead 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 69 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 99
largemouth bass 1 15 2 4 0 0 0 0 22
northern pike 0 0 0 0 3 10 2 2 17
pumpkinseed 32 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 58
walleye 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
white sucker 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 11
yellow perch 27 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 74

For the record, the largest White Bass taken in Minnesota weighed 4 lbs., 2.4 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River Pool 5, Wabasha County
    When: 5/4/2004

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Muskellunge fingerlings 198 33.0
2010 Muskellunge fingerlings 200 50.0
2008 Muskellunge fingerlings 200 25.0
2006 Muskellunge fingerlings 200 51.3
2005 Muskellunge fingerlings 200 44.4

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 08/06/2007)

Beers Lake is a 195-acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located within Maplewood State Park in northwest Otter Tail County, approximately 10 miles southeast of the city Pelican Rapids. There are no inlets or outlets located on Beers Lake. Water levels are approximately 6 to 8 feet above normal levels. A DNR owned concrete public water access is located along the southwest shoreline of the lakes. Since the access is located within the state park a state park sticker is required. Beers Lake is part of the Otter Tail River watershed and the immediate watershed is composed of hardwood forest. Beers Lake has a maximum depth of 61 feet; 49% of the surface acreage is less than 15 feet deep. The secchi disk reading, a measurement of water clarity, was 14.2 feet. Past secchi disk readings have ranged from 11.3 to 17.0 feet. Beers Lake is included in lake class 25 of the MNDNR lake classification scheme. Other lakes in the Fergus Falls management area that are in lake class 25 include: Bass (Elbow), Franklin, Jolly Ann, Leek, South Lida, Long, Red River, Schwartz, Sewell, West Silent, East Spirit, Stuart, Swan, Sybil, and West Olaf. The majority of the shoreline is undeveloped. Shoreline substrates consist primarily of sand scattered with gravel and rubble with some muck mixed in. Stands of hardstem bulrush are scattered along the entire lakeshore. 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. Northern pike abundance is low, while the size structure could be considered average, as 33% of the northern pike sampled by gill nets were 24-inches or greater. Age data from recent surveys indicate that pike recruitment is consistent. The average length and weight of northern pike sampled by gill nets was 24.0 inches and 3.3 pounds. Northern pike attain a mean length of 18.7 inches at age-III. Bluegill abundance is considered to be within the normal range for lakes of this type, however the size structure is poor. There were no bluegills sampled by trap nets 7.0 inches or greater in length. Recruitment appears to be consistent as there were five consecutive year classes sampled. Bluegill attain a mean length of 5.1 inches at age-V. A spring electrofishing assessment was conducted to analyze the largemouth bass population. Largemouth sampled during the electrofishing assessment ranged in length from 4.5 to 17.1 inches with an average length and weight of 10.9 inches and 0.8 pounds. Age and growth data indicated that the largemouth bass population in Beers Lake has moderate levels of recruitment, mortality, and growth. Bass attain a mean length of 11.4 inches at age-IV. Black crappie abundance is considered to be within the normal range for lakes of this type. Black crappie sampled ranged in length from 5.2 to 11.0 inches with a mean length of 8.2 inches. Eighteen percent of the trap net sample was at least 10 inches or greater. Age data indicates that recruitment is consistent, as seven year consecutive year classes year sampled. Black crappie attain a mean length of 7.4 inches at age-IV. A spring trap netting assessment was conducted to analyze the muskellunge population. A total of twenty-six muskellunge were sampled, ranging in length from 19.5 to 46.0 inches. Thirty five percent the muskellunge were 40.0 inches or greater in length. Age data indicates that the muskellunge population is being sustained by stocking, as the strongest year classes correspond to years of stocking. The DNR stocks 200 muskellunge fingerlings on a biennial basis. Muskellunge attain a mean length of 41.0 inches at age-X. 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

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 C1056 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

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