Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Minnewaska

Nearest Town: Long Beach
Primary County: Pope
Survey Date: 06/16/2014
Inventory Number: 61013000
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Concrete West access. Located off State Highway 29, within the Starbuck Marina
City Concrete Southeast access. Located off State Highway 104, adjacent to Glenwood swimming beach
DNR Concrete East access. Located off North Lakeshore Drive, across from MN DNR office building


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 8050.3
Littoral Area (acres): 3290.84
Maximum Depth (ft): 32
Water Clarity (ft): 10.0 (9-12.5)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 14.2 (0-18)


Did you know? Ongoing habitat improvement and maintenance work is conducted on trout streams that have publicly owned land or easements.

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 0.40 0.3 - 2.6 1.14 0.5 - 0.9
Gill net 1.33 0.6 - 6.8 1.27 0.5 - 1.0
Black Crappie Trap net 1.13 0.4 - 2.3 0.11 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 1.67 0.4 - 2.7 0.81 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 39.47 4.4 - 49.0 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.80 N/A 0.42 N/A
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.20 0.3 - 1.8 1.26 0.7 - 1.2
Common Carp Gill net 0.07 0.2 - 1.0 6.51 2.3 - 8.2
Freshwater Drum Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 2.4 6.71 1.1 - 3.9
Gill net 0.47 2.0 - 9.4 5.32 0.2 - 0.8
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 1.27 N/A 0.25 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 1.3 1.00 0.2 - 0.8
Gill net 1.40 0.3 - 1.4 1.43 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Gill net 5.73 2.8 - 9.0 2.55 1.6 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.33 1.8 - 7.8 0.19 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.27 N/A
Smallmouth Bass Trap net 0.47 0.1 - 0.9 0.89 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 0.27 0.1 - 0.9 1.51 0.9 - 2.0
Walleye Trap net 0.67 0.2 - 0.8 1.31 1.0 - 2.7
Gill net 8.33 3.3 - 8.8 1.94 1.2 - 2.1
White Sucker Gill net 0.60 0.9 - 4.0 2.21 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 4.87 1.2 - 5.2 1.04 0.6 - 0.9
Gill net 23.67 1.2 - 10.9 1.05 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.40 0.6 - 3.5 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 23.27 7.0 - 46.3 0.23 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 1 4 21 0 0 0 0 26
black crappie 8 9 23 2 0 0 0 0 42
bluegill 490 119 4 0 0 0 0 0 613
brown bullhead 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
freshwater drum 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
hybrid sunfish 4 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
largemouth bass 0 1 0 21 0 0 0 0 22
northern pike 0 0 0 2 26 47 6 5 86
pumpkinseed 23 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 40
smallmouth bass 0 4 1 3 3 0 0 0 11
walleye 0 0 4 26 83 21 1 0 135
white sucker 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
yellow bullhead 0 2 157 267 1 1 0 0 428
yellow perch 18 296 40 1 0 0 0 0 355


For the record, the largest Longnose Gar taken in Minnesota weighed 16 lbs., 12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: St. Croix River, Prescott
    When: 5/4/82
    Statistics: 53" length, 16.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 walleye1 fingerlings 50,000 2,500.0
  walleye fry 400,000 3.7
  walleye fry 8,734,908 79.9
2013 Walleye fry 700,000 6.0
  Walleye fry 6,887,247 59.0
2012 Walleye fry 3,952,422 38.1
  Walleye fry 2,492,864 24.0
  Walleye1 fingerlings 12,000 1,500.0
2011 Walleye fry 6,496,719 60.6
2010 Walleye1 fingerlings 50,000 2,500.0
  Walleye fry 3,850,000 34.3
  Walleye yearlings 772 350.0
  Walleye fingerlings 24,699 1,387.0
  Walleye adults 174 161.0
  Walleye fry 2,583,820 23.0
  Walleye fingerlings 3,028 266.0
  Walleye adults 193 193.0
2009 Walleye1 fingerlings 50,000 2,500.0
  Walleye fry 1,300,000 10.7
  Walleye fry 2,713,347 29.0
  Walleye fry 2,918,300 25.4
2008 Walleye1 fingerlings 50,008 1,786.0
  Walleye yearlings 814 364.0
  Walleye fingerlings 24,211 1,112.0
  Walleye fingerlings 14,262 555.0
  Walleye adults 104 118.0
2007 Walleye1 fry 1,000,000 8.9
  Walleye fry 6,909,968 61.5
2006 Walleye1 fingerlings 40,000 2,000.0
  Walleye1 fry 3,049,166 29.2
  Walleye fry 4,894,303 47.0
2005 Walleye1 fingerlings 47,500 2,250.0
  Walleye fry 7,128,267 64.8

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
MINNEWASKA
Pope Co., 61013000
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        
Yellow Perch   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
MINNEWASKA
Pope Co., 61013000
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        
Yellow Perch 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 06/16/2014)

Lake Minnewaska is an 8,050-acre basin located in central Pope County between the towns of Glenwood and Starbuck. For its size, Minnewaska is relatively shallow. Maximum depth is just 32.0 feet. Residential development surrounds the entire lake. Lake Minnewaska lies within the Chippewa River watershed and outflows to Lake Emily. It is the largest lake within the Glenwood Management Area and is a popular destination for many anglers and recreational boaters in west-central Minnesota. Swimming is also a popular activity during summer months. Municipal swimming beaches are located in Glenwood and Starbuck. Three public accesses are available. Two occur on the northeast side of the lake near Glenwood. The access adjacent to the Glenwood swimming beach is relatively shallow and launching larger boats can be problematic, especially during low water periods. The third access is located within the Starbuck Marina. A long, shallow sand bar with rocks is located along the north shoreline in the central portion of the lake. Boaters should be cautious when navigating around this area.

Lake Minnewaska is designated as an infested waterbody due to the presence of Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels. Eurasian watermilfoil has been present for many years, but zebra mussels were first confirmed in 2012. 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 Minnewaska supports a diverse fish community and offers a wide range of fishing opportunities. This lake is primarily managed for Walleye with bass and sunfish being species of secondary management importance. In 2014, the Walleye population exhibited relatively high abundance, good size structure, and relatively fast growth rates. Catch rates averaged 8.3 Walleye/gill net. Mean size of captured Walleye was 17.5 inches and 1.9 pounds. Walleye growth rates are relatively fast with fish usually exceeding 16.0 inches in length after their fourth growing season. Typical of most large Walleye fisheries, natural reproduction accounts for much of the population abundance. Walleye fry and fingerlings are routinely stocked to supplement the population. The MN DNR stocks fry on an annual basis. Fingerling stockings are prescribed following documentation of two consecutive poor year classes. Walleye fingerlings are also stocked by the Lake Minnewaska Association.

Other gamefishes targeted by anglers include Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, and Northern Pike. Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass populations have expanded in recent years. Both species are abundant and larger bass are relatively common. Consequently, Lake Minnewaska is now a popular choice for organized bass tournaments. Panfish anglers will likely find good numbers of Bluegill, Black Crappie, and Yellow Perch. Typical of most panfish populations, small- to medium-size fish comprise the majority of these populations. However, Bluegill exceeding 8.0 inches and Black Crappie and Yellow Perch exceeding 10.0 inches are not uncommon. Northern Pike were moderately abundant. Mean size was just 22.0 inches and 2.6 pounds but large pike are present. A few pike exceeding 34.0 inches in length were captured in 2014. The largest pike measured was nearly 41.0 inches. Black, Brown, and Yellow Bullheads are all present in Lake Minnewaska. Yellow Bullheads are most common. Size structure of these populations is impressive as most bullheads caught in survey nets exceeded 12.0 inches.

Other fish species sampled in the 2014 survey include Common Carp, Freshwater Drum (sheepshead), Hybrid Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, and White Sucker. The next lake survey is tentatively scheduled for 2018.

Fishing pressure on Lake Minnewaska can be heavy at times, during both open water and winter seasons. To help maintain fishing quality, anglers are encouraged to practice selective harvest. Selective harvest encourages release of larger fish and harvest of more abundant smaller fish for eating. Releasing medium to large fish will ensure the lake will have enough spawning age fish and should provide anglers with opportunities to catch more large fish in the future.


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 B0328 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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