Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Signalness (Mountain)

Nearest Town: Starbuck
Primary County: Pope
Survey Date: 06/22/2009
Inventory Number: 61014900
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Earthen


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 41.07
Littoral Area (acres): 39
Maximum Depth (ft): 14
Water Clarity (ft): 8.6

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


Did you know? Much of Minnesota's fisheries program is reimbursed by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program (federal excise tax), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish Sampled for the 2009 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 1.38 1.2 - 4.8 0.34 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 1.00 1.0 - 11.8 0.38 0.1 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 4.12 4.9 - 49.8 0.20 0.1 - 0.3
Golden Shiner Gill net 0.50 0.5 - 2.5 0.18 0.1 - 0.1
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.62 0.2 - 2.1 0.05 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 6.00 N/A 0.14 N/A
Gill net 1.50 N/A 0.06 N/A
Northern Pike Trap net 0.88 N/A 1.03 N/A
Gill net 17.00 4.5 - 11.3 1.85 1.4 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.38 1.7 - 10.3 0.11 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 1.00 N/A 0.16 N/A
Walleye Trap net 0.12 0.3 - 1.0 2.43 1.1 - 3.4
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.75 0.5 - 5.3 0.10 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 17.50 2.5 - 24.8 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 2009 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 crappie 0 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 13
bluegill 4 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 33
golden shiner 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
green sunfish 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
hybrid sunfish 39 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 51
northern pike 0 1 6 2 15 14 2 1 41
pumpkinseed 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 21
walleye 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
yellow perch 22 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 49


For the record, the largest Chinook Salmon (King) taken in Minnesota weighed 33 lbs., 4 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Poplar River, Cook County
    When: 9/23/89
    Statistics: 44.75" length, 25.75" girth

    and by

    Where: 10/12/89
    When:
    Statistics: Lake Superior, St. Louis County

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fingerlings 1,346 41.0
  Walleye yearlings 171 57.0
2011 Walleye fingerlings 1,073 106.0
2010 Largemouth Bass adults 30 45.0
2009 Walleye adults 22 18.0
  Walleye fingerlings 54 6.0
  Walleye yearlings 1,485 61.0
2008 Largemouth Bass adults 20 40.0
2007 Walleye yearlings 546 78.0
2005 Walleye fingerlings 4,440 52.0
  Walleye adults 59 37.0

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
SIGNALNESS
Pope Co., 61014900
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
SIGNALNESS
Pope Co., 61014900
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker   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 06/22/2009)

Signalness (Mountain) Lake is a small, shallow basin located within the boundaries of Glacial Lakes State Park. Because this basin is located within state park boundaries, a vehicle permit is required to enter the park. A fishing license is not required to fish Mountain Lake if you are a Minnesota resident. A public access is located on the west side of the lake but boating is restricted to electric motors only. Canoe rental is available. A small fishing pier and small swimming beach are also located on the west side of the lake. Both are popular spots for park visitors during summer months.

Maximum depth of the lake is 13.0 feet, which makes it prone to partial winterkill. Anecdotal reports from park staff and 2009 survey results suggest a partial winterkill event occurred during the winter of 2008-2009. The previous partial winterkill event occurred early in 2001. These winterkill events have negatively impacted the fish community, especially largemouth bass and bluegill populations. Fishing is a popular activity for park visitors but it will likely be a few years before the fish community rebounds from winterkill events. The 2009 survey results indicated good numbers of northern pike and yellow perch but both populations were dominated by smaller individuals. Bluegill and black crappie abundance was limited. Average size of captured bluegill was 6.5 inches. Black crappie averaged 8.4 inches in length. Electrofishing efforts yielded only one juvenile bass. This species will be restocked in the near future to restore bass fishing opportunities. Only one walleye was collected in survey nets. Walleye fingerlings, yearlings, and adults have been stocked periodically since 1996 to create a bonus fishery for park visitors. Yearlings were stocked in spring 2009 and many small walleye were observed in shallow areas during bass electrofishing efforts. If this year class can recruit to the sport fishery, walleye fishing should improve in future years.

Other species sampled in 2009 included green sunfish, pumpkinseed, hybrid sunfish, and golden shiner. The next lake survey is scheduled for 2014.


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 C1401 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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