Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Pelican

Nearest Town: Long Beach
Primary County: Pope
Survey Date: 06/21/2010
Inventory Number: 61011100
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 519.36
Littoral Area (acres): 416
Maximum Depth (ft): 34
Water Clarity (ft): 6.5

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 10 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 6.8 (0-10)


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Fish Sampled for the 2010 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 1.67 1.5 - 58.0 0.87 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 10.89 7.7 - 104.7 0.87 0.2 - 0.5
Black Crappie Trap net 0.56 2.1 - 24.1 0.33 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 2.56 1.7 - 17.5 0.28 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 91.89 3.5 - 57.1 0.17 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 16.67 N/A 0.19 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 1.3 6.39 2.5 - 4.2
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.22 0.4 - 5.1 0.97 0.4 - 0.9
Gill net 1.44 0.8 - 7.0 1.01 0.3 - 0.8
Common Carp Trap net 1.00 0.4 - 2.4 8.87 1.8 - 5.1
Gill net 0.11 0.8 - 4.3 7.41 1.0 - 4.0
Freshwater Drum Gill net 0.11 3.1 - 18.4 5.91 0.3 - 0.8
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.33 0.2 - 0.8 0.46 0.3 - 1.5
Gill net 0.78 0.3 - 0.6 1.51 0.5 - 1.5
Northern Pike Trap net 0.44 N/A 1.58 N/A
Gill net 11.56 2.0 - 10.8 2.00 1.7 - 3.1
Pumpkinseed Trap net 6.78 0.7 - 6.5 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.07 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.89 0.3 - 0.8 4.45 0.9 - 3.5
Gill net 4.56 0.8 - 3.8 2.31 1.4 - 3.0
White Sucker Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 1.2 1.27 1.3 - 2.5
Gill net 0.67 0.5 - 2.3 2.55 1.6 - 2.5
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 7.00 1.0 - 7.1 0.85 0.4 - 0.8
Gill net 1.22 0.5 - 5.0 0.92 0.4 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.67 0.4 - 2.8 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 31.44 2.0 - 22.3 0.12 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 2010 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 2 80 31 0 0 0 0 113
black crappie 12 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 28
bluegill 461 512 0 0 0 0 0 0 977
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
brown bullhead 0 0 4 11 0 0 0 0 15
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1 10
freshwater drum 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
largemouth bass 0 2 2 4 2 0 0 0 10
northern pike 0 0 0 3 44 52 9 0 108
pumpkinseed 54 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 64
walleye 0 1 8 7 14 13 6 0 49
white sucker 0 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 7
yellow bullhead 0 2 46 26 0 0 0 0 74
yellow perch 144 141 0 0 0 0 0 0 289


For the record, the largest White Crappie taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lbs., 15 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Constance, Wright County
    When: 7/28/02
    Statistics: 18" length, 16" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye adults 147 140.0
  Walleye yearlings 314 135.0
  Walleye yearlings 376 132.0
  Walleye fingerlings 5,261 150.0
  Walleye fingerlings 3,216 323.0
2011 Walleye adults 50 50.0
  Walleye fingerlings 12,766 921.0
2009 Walleye adults 115 141.0
  Walleye fingerlings 8,998 544.0
  Walleye yearlings 1,179 159.0
2007 Walleye yearlings 3,231 373.0
  Walleye fingerlings 252 34.0
  Walleye adults 492 425.0
2005 Walleye adults 500 481.0
  Walleye fingerlings 300 3.0
  Walleye yearlings 1,792 378.0

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
PELICAN
Pope Co., 61011100
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
PELICAN
Pope Co., 61011100
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
White Sucker All sizes        

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 06/21/2010)

Pelican Lake is a moderately shallow, 519-acre lake located in central Pope County near the towns of Glenwood and Long Beach. Maximum depth is 34 feet. Eighty percent of the lake is less than 15 feet deep. The basin is fed from the very large Trapper's Run Creek watershed. Water quality and clarity are poor during summer months due to frequent algae blooms. Aquatic vegetation is very dense in the lake's shallow bays and can interfere with recreational activities during late summer. Much of the shoreline remains undeveloped due to marshy shoreline. A single public access is located on the northeast shoreline of the lake. Pelican Lake is prone to low dissolved oxygen levels during winter months, but frequency and severity of winterkill events have been rare.

Pelican Lake is classified as a bass-panfish lake. Bluegill and black crappie make up most of total annual harvest. Bluegill are currently very abundant. Trapnet catches during the 2010 survey averaged 91.9 bluegill/net. Mean size was 5.9 inches and 0.2 lbs. Largemouth bass are moderately abundant. Average length of bass captures was 12.9 inches. The largest caught during the 2010 survey was 16.9 inches in length. Black crappie catches were comparatively low in 2010. Most captures were young fish. Average length of the crappie catch was 7.4 inches. Walleye fingerlings are stocked at an alternate year frequency to sustain a modest fishery. Based on past survey records there is evidence that limited natural reproduction and immigration of adult walleye also contribute to walleye population abundance. Gillnet catches in 2010 averaged 4.6 fish/net. At present, the walleye population is comprised of a high proportion of older, larger fish. Approximately 29% of all walleye measured in 2010 exceeded 20.0 inches in length. Northern pike are overly abundant and surplus small and medium size fish should be harvested. The gillnet catch rate of 11.6 pike/net exceeded expected catches for the lake type. Mean weight of northern pike captures was 2.0 lbs. Pelican Lake continues to sustain a strong yellow perch prey base. Perch catches averaged 31.4 fish/gillnet. Few perch were large enough to be harvested.


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 C0495 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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