Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: PELICAN, LITTLE

Nearest Town: VERGAS, MN
Primary County: Otter Tail
Survey Date: 06/14/1999
Inventory Number: 56-0761-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Minnesota DNR Concrete A STATE OWNED PUBLIC ACCESS IS LOCATED OFF OF COUNTY HIGHWAY 31 AT THE PELICAN RIVER INLET TO BIG PELICAN LAKE.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 345.00
Littoral Area (acres): 256.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 25.00
Water Clarity (ft): 11.00

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 up to the 1999 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 6.8 3.1 - 47.6 0.63 0.3 - 0.6
  Trap net 0.9 1.0 - 29.9 0.73 0.2 - 0.7
Black Crappie Gill net 0.2 0.8 - 8.4 0.09 0.1 - 0.3
  Trap net 0.1 0.9 - 8.0 0.53 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Gill net 2.8 N/A - N/A 0.28 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 48.8 5.9 - 43.3 0.27 0.1 - 0.3
Bowfin (Dogfish) Trap net 0.8 0.3 - 1.1 4.32 3.0 - 4.5
Brown Bullhead Trap net 1.1 0.6 - 5.2 0.59 0.4 - 0.9
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.3 0.2 - 1.2 0.04 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 6.2 N/A - N/A 0.40 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 1.1 0.3 - 1.0 0.36 0.3 - 1.2
Northern Pike Gill net 12.1 2.3 - 9.2 1.50 1.5 - 2.7
  Trap net 0.4 N/A - N/A 0.63 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net 1.6 N/A - N/A 0.21 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 7.6 1.5 - 9.1 0.20 0.1 - 0.2
Painted Turtle Trap net 1.2 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Rock Bass Gill net 0.1 0.3 - 1.1 0.37 0.2 - 0.5
  Trap net 0.4 0.3 - 1.0 0.21 0.2 - 0.6
Walleye Gill net 2.6 1.2 - 5.3 0.93 1.1 - 2.6
  Trap net 0.1 0.3 - 0.8 5.07 1.0 - 3.6
White Sucker Gill net 2.3 0.5 - 3.3 2.27 1.6 - 2.4
  Trap net 0.2 0.3 - 1.3 3.09 1.6 - 2.9
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.3 1.0 - 8.0 0.27 0.4 - 0.7
  Trap net 12.0 2.4 - 9.1 0.53 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Gill net 13.7 3.7 - 28.4 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
  Trap net 0.1 0.5 - 3.7 0.04 0.1 - 0.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 1999 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 9 56 4 0 0 0 0 69
Black Crappie 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Bluegill 43 207 0 0 0 0 0 0 250
Brown Bullhead 0 1 8 1 0 0 0 0 10
Green Sunfish 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Hybrid Sunfish 4 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 56
Largemouth Bass 0 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 10
Northern Pike 0 0 0 6 64 40 2 1 113
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 31 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 82
Rock Bass 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Walleye 0 0 4 16 2 1 1 0 24
Yellow Bullhead 0 47 53 11 0 0 0 0 111
Yellow Perch 71 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 94


For the record, the largest Largemouth Bass taken in Minnesota weighed 8 lbs., 15 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Auburn Lake, Carver County
    When: 10/22/94
    Statistics: 23.5" length, 18" girth

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 06/14/1999)

Little Pelican Lake is a 345 acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located in northwest Otter Tail County, approximately ten miles northeast of the city of Pelican Rapids. It has a maximum depth of 25 feet and 74% of the lake is 15 feet or less in depth. Shoreline substrates consist primarily of sand and muck. Secchi disk readings, a measure of water clarity, have been taken during fish assessments since 1967. The reading in 1999 was 11.0 feet. Past readings have ranged from 3.0 to 9.2 feet. Access is gained through a navigable channel from Big Pelican Lake. Development is located on the north and south shorelines. The east end of the lake contains marshy areas. Emergent vegetation (bulrush, cattail, wild rice) is located in areas throughout the basin. Emergent plants are important because they provide valuable fish and wildlife habitat and are critical for maintaining good water quality. They protect shorelines from erosion and can even absorb and break down pollutants from the water. Emergent plants provide spawning areas for fish species such as northern pike, largemouth bass and panfish. They also are important nursery areas all species of fish. Because of their ecological importance, emergent plants may not be removed without a DNR permit. Little Pelican Lake contains good populations of bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike and black crappie. The bluegill size structure is good with 42% of the bluegill sampled in 1999 over 7.0 inches in length. Largemouth bass and black crappie are likely present in good numbers. Spring assessments in the future will provide better information on these species. Spawning habitat exists throughout the basin for these species to thrive on their own. Walleye are not stocked in Little Pelican Lake. The walleye population is likely maintained by immigrants entering from Big Pelican Lake. The population is currently good and well balanced with fish ranging in length from 10.0 to 24.5 inches.


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 C1747 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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