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Name: Villard

Nearest Town: Villard
Primary County: Pope
Survey Date: 07/21/2008
Inventory Number: 61006700
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
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Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 544.38
Littoral Area (acres): 488
Maximum Depth (ft): 16
Water Clarity (ft): 4

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 18 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 7.9 (7-9)


Did you know? Each year, DNR fisheries personnel stock game fish fry and fingerlings in lakes lacking habitat for natural reproduction.

Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.56 7.7 - 104.7 1.16 0.2 - 0.5
Black Crappie Trap net 2.44 2.1 - 24.1 0.32 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 3.89 1.7 - 17.5 0.26 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 34.44 3.5 - 57.1 0.16 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 40.89 N/A 0.18 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 1.3 4.36 2.5 - 4.2
Gill net 0.11 0.3 - 1.3 4.52 2.0 - 4.4
Brown Bullhead Gill net 1.67 0.8 - 7.0 1.19 0.3 - 0.8
Common Carp Trap net 0.33 0.4 - 2.4 6.12 1.8 - 5.1
Gill net 1.00 0.8 - 4.3 4.86 1.0 - 4.0
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.67 0.3 - 0.6 1.75 0.5 - 1.5
Northern Pike Trap net 1.56 N/A 2.13 N/A
Gill net 15.56 2.0 - 10.8 2.43 1.7 - 3.1
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.22 0.7 - 6.5 0.22 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 5.44 N/A 0.23 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 0.8 1.04 0.9 - 3.5
Gill net 4.44 0.8 - 3.8 2.13 1.4 - 3.0
White Sucker Trap net 0.22 0.2 - 1.2 3.90 1.3 - 2.5
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 2.67 1.0 - 7.1 0.80 0.4 - 0.8
Gill net 26.78 0.5 - 5.0 0.76 0.4 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.11 0.4 - 2.8 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 5.11 2.0 - 22.3 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 2008 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 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 5
black crappie 11 40 6 0 0 0 0 0 57
bluegill 250 428 0 0 0 0 0 0 678
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 4
brown bullhead 0 0 1 14 0 0 0 0 15
common carp 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 0 12
largemouth bass 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 6
northern pike 0 0 0 5 47 66 34 2 154
pumpkinseed 8 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 60
walleye 0 1 5 11 16 8 2 0 43
white sucker 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
yellow bullhead 0 14 189 62 0 0 0 0 265
yellow perch 5 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 47


For the record, the largest Coho Salmon taken in Minnesota weighed 10 lbs., 6.5 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Superior near Baptism River
    When: 11/7/70
    Statistics: 27.3" length

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye adults 103 128.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,647 315.0
  Walleye yearlings 2,285 533.0
2010 Walleye yearlings 363 140.0
  Walleye yearlings 77 33.0
  Walleye fingerlings 6,357 494.0
  Walleye adults 332 332.0
2008 Walleye adults 1,445 977.0
2006 Walleye* fingerlings 23,326 976.0
2004 Walleye yearlings 2,900 177.0
  Walleye* fingerlings 21,174 662.0
  Walleye* fingerlings 4,599 314.0
  Walleye adults 70 28.0

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

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
VILLARD
Pope Co., 61006700
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie     All sizes   Mercury
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
VILLARD
Pope Co., 61006700
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
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 07/21/2008)

Lake Villard is a 536-acre shallow, fertile basin located in northeast Pope County, just west of the town of Villard. Villard is the middle basin within a chain of three lakes (Leven, Villard, Amelia) located in the upper reaches of the East Branch of the Chippewa River. A relatively new public access is located on the northeast shoreline off of County Road 28.

The lake supports an abundant and diverse aquatic plant community. Eighteen plant species were observed during the 2008 vegetation survey. Submergent vegetation is dense in many shallow areas. Extensive beds of hardstem bulrush are common along the north and west shoreline. These aquatic plants provide critical spawning habitat and cover for many fish species, especially largemouth bass, sunfish, and northern pike.

Lake Villard is managed for walleye with secondary species management directed toward sunfishes and northern pike. The fish community in Lake Villard is typical of most heavily vegetated bass-panfish lakes found throughout west-central Minnesota. Largemouth bass, sunfish, and northern pike are common. Bass anglers can expect good numbers of quality-sized fish. Bass captured in the 2008 electrofishing sample ranged from 9.1 to 18.4 inches with the mean size being 13.1 inches. Sunfish numbers have increased in recent years. In fact, record-high bluegill abundance was recorded in 2008. Most fish were young and relatively small. Mean length of trap net captures was less than 6.0 inches. Black crappie abundance was considered low to moderate. Most of the current population is also comprised of young individuals. Gill net catches indicated northern pike are overly abundant. Larger fish are present, but "hammer handles" (i.e., small pike) dominate this population. Angler harvest of smaller bluegill and northern pike is highly encouraged to reduce excessive abundance and help improve size structure of these populations. Walleye numbers have also increased in recent years. Gill net catches in 2008 exceeded levels expected for this type of lake. Most were larger individuals. Mean size captured was 17.2 inches and 2.1 pounds. This population is maintained through supplemental fingerling stockings. Yellow perch are also present but harvestable-size fish are uncommon.

Other species captured in the 2008 survey include black, brown, and yellow bullhead, bowfin (dogfish), common carp, pumpkinseed, and white sucker. The next lake survey is scheduled for 2013.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
23070 North Lakeshore Dr
Glenwood, MN 56334
Phone: (320) 634-4573
Internet: Glenwood Fisheries
E-Mail: Glenwood.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 D0176 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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