Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Phalen

Nearest Town: Saint Paul
Primary County: Ramsey
Survey Date: 06/15/2009
Inventory Number: 62001300
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Fishing Regulations:

Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 197.68
Littoral Area (acres): 80
Maximum Depth (ft): 91
Water Clarity (ft): 17.2

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


Did you know? There are 15,000 miles of fishable streams in Minnesota, including 2,600 miles of trout streams.

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 Bullhead Gill net 0.17 2.5 - 45.0 0.49 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 0.56 1.8 - 21.2 0.18 0.2 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 70.89 7.5 - 62.5 0.14 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 1.00 N/A 0.09 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 0.56 0.4 - 2.0 11.25 2.6 - 6.0
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.22 0.2 - 1.3 0.05 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.67 N/A 0.10 N/A
Northern Pike Trap net 0.33 N/A 1.63 N/A
Gill net 2.17 1.5 - 7.3 3.55 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.56 0.7 - 4.2 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Walleye Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 1.2 6.28 0.8 - 2.8
Gill net 0.50 1.2 - 6.3 2.77 1.2 - 2.7
White Sucker Gill net 0.17 0.4 - 2.2 2.43 1.5 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.67 0.9 - 5.7 0.76 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.78 0.3 - 1.7 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 5.17 2.0 - 27.9 0.11 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 bullhead 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
bluegill 392 248 0 0 0 0 0 0 644
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 5
green sunfish 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
northern pike 0 0 0 0 2 8 5 1 16
pumpkinseed 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
walleye 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 4
white sucker 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6
yellow perch 12 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 38


For the record, the largest White Sucker taken in Minnesota weighed 9 lbs., 1 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Big Fish Lake, Stearns County
    When: 5/1/83
    Statistics: 24.25" length, 16.25" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Tiger Muskellunge2 fingerlings 120 27.0
2012 Walleye adults 1 1.0
  Walleye fingerlings 12,130 303.2
2011 Tiger Muskellunge2 fingerlings 120 38.7
2010 Walleye fingerlings 12,640 316.0
2009 Tiger Muskellunge1 fingerlings 155 27.0
  Tiger Muskellunge1 yearlings 142 148.4
2008 Walleye fingerlings 17,153 314.0
  Walleye yearlings 9 3.0
2007 Tiger Muskellunge1 fingerlings 297 113.8
2006 Tiger Muskellunge1 yearlings 21 7.0
  Walleye yearlings 188 94.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,749 215.0
  Walleye adults 4 7.0
2005 Tiger Muskellunge1 fingerlings 276 81.2
2004 Tiger Muskellunge fry 20,100 0.7
  Walleye1 fingerlings 7,248 315.8

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
PHALEN
Ramsey Co., 62001300
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury PFOS
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   All sizes     PFOS
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     PFOS
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury PFOS
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
PHALEN
Ramsey Co., 62001300
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     PFOS
Carp All sizes        
Crappie   All sizes     PFOS
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     PFOS
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury PFOS
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        
Yellow Perch   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 06/15/2009)

Phalen Lake is primarily managed for Walleye (WAE). Walleye fingerlings are currently stocked biennially on even numbered years at a rate of 4.0 pounds per littoral acre (approximately 320.0 lbs.). Despite doubling the stocking rate since 2002, WAE have been sampled in relatively low abundance during the last two assessments. The average size of WAE in the gill net catch was 19.9 inches in length and 2.8 pounds. Growth rates for WAE were found to be average. Northern Pike (NOP) were sampled within the normal range for abundance, but well below the catch rates of previous assessments. The average size of NOP sampled in 2009 was 18.7 inches and 1.7 pounds. Over one-third of all NOP captured measured 26.0 inches in length or longer. Growth rate of sampled NOP was average. Although Hybrid Muskies are still being stocked, none were captured during this assessment. While yellow perch were sampled with the normal range for abundance, the gill net catch rates in 2009 were the lowest recorded on this lake since 1984 and the fish averaged only 6.4 inches in length. Very few black crappies were sampled during this assessment, but captured fish averaged 7.1 inches long and 0.18 pounds. Bluegill (BLG) were captured in relatively high abundance but the catch rate was about one-half of that recorded in 2004. The average size of BLG sampled was 5.6 inches in length and 0.14 pounds, with approximately 4 percent of the catch being 7.0 inches or larger


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1200 Warner Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
Phone: (651) 259-5831
Internet: East Metro Fisheries
E-Mail: MetroEast.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 C0499 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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