Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Big Pine

Nearest Town: Finlayson
Primary County: Pine
Survey Date: 08/10/2009
Inventory Number: 58013800
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Channel
MnDOT Concrete North end of lake at Dam


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 398.94
Littoral Area (acres): 135
Maximum Depth (ft): 25
Water Clarity (ft): 4.8

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


Did you know? Minnesota has 11,482 lakes 10 acres or larger, of which 5,483 are fishing lakes. Excluding Lake Superior, the state has 3.8 million acres of fishing water. Minnesota's portion of Lake Superior is 1.4 million acres.

Fish Sampled for the 2009 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.11 0.8 - 7.7 0.20 0.4 - 0.8
Black Crappie Trap net 7.88 0.7 - 3.4 0.26 0.2 - 0.6
Gill net 0.78 0.6 - 3.5 0.31 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 12.12 6.1 - 46.6 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 3.67 N/A 0.23 N/A
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.12 0.1 - 0.5 0.06 0.1 - 0.1
Northern Pike Trap net 0.12 N/A 3.09 N/A
Gill net 4.67 3.5 - 10.5 5.75 1.6 - 2.9
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.38 2.0 - 8.5 0.16 0.1 - 0.2
White Sucker Trap net 0.38 0.3 - 1.4 2.89 1.6 - 2.9
Gill net 2.56 0.5 - 2.7 2.83 1.8 - 2.5
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.12 1.3 - 9.8 0.97 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.25 0.5 - 3.3 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 31.00 3.4 - 43.6 0.14 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 2009 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 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 11 53 6 0 0 0 0 0 70
bluegill 66 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 130
golden shiner 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 9 18 16 43
pumpkinseed 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
white sucker 0 0 1 0 21 2 0 0 26
yellow bullhead 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
yellow perch 25 260 0 0 0 0 0 0 289


For the record, the largest Silver Redhorse taken in Minnesota weighed 9 lbs., 15 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Big Fork River, Koochiching County
    When: 4/16/04
    Statistics: 26.6" length, 16 7/8" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye2 fingerlings 7,140 300.0
  Walleye fry 400,000 4.0
2012 Walleye fingerlings 16,800 300.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 400 20.0
  Walleye fry 600,000 5.5
  Walleye2 fingerlings 5,996 199.0
2010 Walleye fry 800,000 8.0
  Walleye fingerlings 1,866 205.0
  Walleye1 fingerlings 4,376 252.0
2008 Walleye fingerlings 6,935 324.0
  Walleye yearlings 11 8.0
2006 Walleye yearlings 61 78.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,729 230.0
  Walleye adults 30 50.0
2004 Walleye1 fingerlings 5,555 274.0

Stocking Notes
1 - indicates fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.
2 - indicates fish purchased by the DNR for stocking.

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
BIG PINE
Pine Co., 58013800
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
BIG PINE
Pine Co., 58013800
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Northern Pike All sizes        
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 08/10/2009)

North Big Pine Lake is a fertile, 387 acre lake located in Pine and Aitkin counties. The lake averages 14 feet with a 22 foot maximum. Water clarity is generally good with a light bog stain, though algae blooms are not uncommon. Lake users can access North Big Pine through the public access on the north end of the lake or from South Big Pine Lake. While natural reproduction of walleye does occur, due to limited spawning habitat, walleye fingerlings are stocked biennially.

Anglers on North Big Pine can expect moderate fishing pressure. Walleye abundance has decreased in each assessment since 1994. Northern pike are more numerous and larger than in the past. Northerns averaged 28.6 inches and 5.8 pounds with more than a third of the catch topping 30 inches. Largemouth bass numbers are good and of quality size. Bass averaged 13.4 inches and ranged from 8.6 to 19.3 inches. Yellow perch are slightly more abundant than five years ago, but remain small, functioning primarily as a forage species. Bluegill and black crappie numbers are more than adequate to warrant angling, but size may be an issue with some anglers. The trapnet sample found few crappies greater than 9 inches and few bluegills larger than 7 inches.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
PO Box 398
306 Power Ave N
Hinckley, MN 55037
Phone: (320) 384-7721
Internet: Hinckley Fisheries
E-Mail: Hinckley.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 C1739 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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