|Nearest Town: Forada
Primary County: Pope
Survey Date: 07/07/2014
Inventory Number: 61007800
|DNR||Concrete||West access. Located off Sugar Sands Shores Road.|
|DNR||Concrete||East access. Located off State Highway # 29.|
|Did you know? Habitat acquisition of lands next to lakes and streams protects spawning areas and shoreline vegetation, and it increases access to fishing waters.|
|Species||Number of fish per net||
Average Fish Weight (lbs)
Normal Range (lbs)
|Black Bullhead||Trap net||0.13||0.3 - 2.6||1.36||0.5 - 0.9|
|Gill net||3.33||0.6 - 6.8||1.83||0.5 - 1.0|
|Black Crappie||Trap net||2.47||0.4 - 2.3||0.66||0.3 - 0.6|
|Gill net||3.50||0.4 - 2.7||0.51||0.3 - 0.6|
|Bluegill||Trap net||6.80||4.4 - 49.0||0.07||0.1 - 0.2|
|Bowfin (dogfish)||Trap net||0.33||0.3 - 1.1||3.53||3.7 - 5.1|
|Brown Bullhead||Trap net||1.07||0.3 - 1.6||1.43||0.7 - 1.1|
|Gill net||0.67||0.3 - 1.8||1.49||0.7 - 1.2|
|Hybrid Sunfish||Gill net||0.08||N/A||0.78||N/A|
|Largemouth Bass||Trap net||0.20||0.3 - 1.3||1.94||0.2 - 0.8|
|Gill net||0.08||0.3 - 1.4||2.72||0.5 - 1.2|
|Northern Pike||Trap net||0.33||N/A||2.62||N/A|
|Gill net||4.50||2.8 - 9.0||2.66||1.6 - 2.8|
|Pumpkinseed||Trap net||0.53||1.8 - 7.8||0.27||0.1 - 0.3|
|Rock Bass||Trap net||0.13||0.5 - 2.5||0.61||0.3 - 0.5|
|Gill net||2.08||0.6 - 3.9||0.49||0.3 - 0.5|
|Smallmouth Bass||Trap net||0.13||0.1 - 0.9||0.56||0.2 - 0.5|
|Walleye||Trap net||1.00||0.2 - 0.8||4.99||1.0 - 2.7|
|Gill net||18.83||3.3 - 8.8||2.23||1.2 - 2.1|
|White Sucker||Trap net||0.13||0.2 - 1.1||4.01||1.8 - 3.0|
|Gill net||2.67||0.9 - 4.0||3.03||1.6 - 2.4|
|Yellow Bullhead||Trap net||1.27||1.2 - 5.2||1.07||0.6 - 0.9|
|Gill net||1.67||1.2 - 10.9||1.09||0.6 - 0.9|
|Yellow Perch||Trap net||0.33||0.6 - 3.5||0.08||0.1 - 0.2|
|Gill net||38.17||7.0 - 46.3||0.14||0.1 - 0.2|
|Species||Number of fish caught in each category (inches)|
|For the record, the largest Pumpkinseed taken in Minnesota weighed 1 lb., 5.6 oz. and was caught: |
Statistics: 10.1" length, 12 1/8" girth
Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years
|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.|
Lake Reno is a shallow, 3,793-acre, highly productive basin located between the cities of Glenwood and Alexandria. It is the second largest lake in Pope County. Lake Reno is connected to Maple Lake via an equalizer culvert under State Highway 29. Most of the watershed area is in agricultural production. Water quality and clarity can be diminished during summer months due to excessive nutrient loading and resultant algae blooms. Lake Reno was added to the MPCA 303(d) listing of Impaired Waters in 2011. Public accesses are located on the northeast and southwest portions of the lake. Parking space at the northeast access off State Highway 29 is limited.
Lake Reno is now designated as an infested waterbody because zebra mussels are present in Maple Lake, which is connected to Lake Reno. Zebra mussels were first confirmed in Maple Lake in 2013. Regulations restricting bait harvest and transport of water apply to this basin. For more information regarding aquatic invasive species in Minnesota see the following: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquatic/index.html
Lake Reno is well known for its high-quality Walleye fishery. Catch statistics from the 2014 survey described a healthy Walleye population. Walleye are abundant in response to natural recruitment and supplemental walleye fry stockings. Gillnet catches exceeded 18.0 fish/net. Mean size was 17.9 inches and 2.2 pounds. Approximately 90% of gill net captures exceeded 15.0 inches and more than 25% exceeded 20.0 inches.
Sustaining such high densities of Walleye and acceptable growth rates necessitates existence of a stable, high-quality prey base. Yellow Perch fulfill that need. Walleye fishing success has, at times, been only fair due to an excessive abundance of small Yellow Perch, a preferred food item. Yellow Perch abundance has declined in recent years, but survey catch rates remain relatively good and higher than that of many other lakes within the Glenwood Management Area. Fair numbers of harvestable-sized fish are present in the lake.
Other gamefishes commonly targeted by anglers include Bluegill, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, and Northern Pike. Bluegill, Black Crappie, and Largemouth Bass populations have expanded through the 2000s in probable response to improving habitat conditions and increasing coverage of aquatic vegetation. Annual recruitment inconsistencies strongly influence fishing success and quality among years, but the expanded diversity of fishing opportunities has been very welcome. Due to fast growth of members of the sunfish family, fishing quality can be good. Bluegill exceeding 8.0 inches, Black Crappie exceeding 10.0 inches, and Largemouth Bass exceeding 15.0 inches are relatively common. Progressively much more angling effort is now directed at these species. Smallmouth Bass are also expanding in Lake Reno. Anglers reported catches of Smallmouth Bass prior to the 2014 survey, but 2014 was the first year this species was captured during a MN DNR lake survey.
A low-density Northern Pike population exists in Lake Reno. Size of captures during the 2014 survey ranged from 16.3 inches to 35.7 inches. Pike catches averaged 22.6 inches and 2.7 pounds.
Lake Reno also supports a harvestable surplus of bullheads. Black, Brown, and Yellow Bullheads are all present in Lake Reno. Size structure of these populations is impressive. Most bullheads caught in survey nets exceeded 12.0 inches. The current state record Black Bullhead came from Lake Reno back in 1997.
Other fish species sampled during the 2014 survey include Bowfin (Dogfish), Hybrid Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, and White Sucker. The next lake survey is tentatively scheduled for 2018.
Lake Reno is a popular destination for many anglers and fishing pressure can be heavy at times, during both open water and winter seasons. To help maintain quality of this fishery, anglers are encouraged to practice selective harvest. Selective harvest encourages the release of larger fish while promoting harvest of the more abundant smaller fish for eating. Releasing medium to large fish will ensure that the lake will have enough spawning age fish and should provide anglers with opportunities to catch more large fish in future fishing trips.
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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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