Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Reno

Nearest Town: Forada
Primary County: Pope
Survey Date: 07/07/2014
Inventory Number: 61007800
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete West access. Located off Sugar Sands Shores Road.
DNR Concrete East access. Located off State Highway # 29.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 3793.72
Littoral Area (acres): 2029.16
Maximum Depth (ft): 23
Water Clarity (ft): 5.5 (4.5-6)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 12.5 (0-15)


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.

Fish Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

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
Gill net 1.33 N/A 0.54 N/A
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
Gill net 0.50 N/A 0.33 N/A
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
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2014 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 0 29 13 0 0 0 42
black crappie 0 27 49 3 0 0 0 0 79
bluegill 94 20 4 0 0 0 0 0 118
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
brown bullhead 0 0 2 16 6 0 0 0 24
hybrid sunfish 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
largemouth bass 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 4
northern pike 0 0 0 0 13 31 13 2 59
pumpkinseed 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
rock bass 4 11 12 0 0 0 0 0 27
smallmouth bass 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
walleye 0 10 8 24 131 58 10 0 241
white sucker 0 0 0 0 23 11 0 0 34
yellow bullhead 0 0 13 26 0 0 0 0 39
yellow perch 209 241 13 0 0 0 0 0 463


For the record, the largest Pumpkinseed taken in Minnesota weighed 1 lb., 5.6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Leech Lake, Cass County
    When: 6/6/99
    Statistics: 10.1" length, 12 1/8" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2015 Walleye fry 319,000 2.9
  Walleye fry 1,710,000 15.6
2013 Walleye fry 1,954,500 17.0
2011 Walleye fry 2,000,835 18.2
2009 Walleye fry 516,384 4.5
  Walleye fry 1,439,852 14.6
  Walleye1 yearlings 16,000 500.0
2008 Walleye fry 999,221 10.0
  Walleye1 fry 1,150,050 10.5
2007 Walleye1 fry 1,900,000 16.9
  Walleye fry 224,740 2.0

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

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 07/07/2014)

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.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
10 First Ave SW
Glenwood, MN 56334
Phone: (320) 634-7320
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
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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
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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