Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Owasso

Nearest Town: Shoreview
Primary County: Ramsey
Survey Date: 06/25/2012
Inventory Number: 62005600
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
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Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 374.96
Littoral Area (acres): 292.9
Maximum Depth (ft): 37
Water Clarity (ft): 4.5 (3.3-7)

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


Did you know? Minnesota has 11,482 lakes 10 acres or larger, of which 5,483 are fishing lakes. Excluding Lake Superior, the state has 3.8 million acres of fishing water. Minnesota's portion of Lake Superior is 1.4 million acres.

Fish Sampled for the 2012 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 19.20 1.8 - 21.2 0.18 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 3.00 2.5 - 16.5 0.09 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 103.40 7.5 - 62.5 0.11 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 29.50 N/A 0.06 N/A
Golden Shiner Trap net 2.00 0.2 - 0.8 ND 0.1 - 0.1
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.60 N/A 0.26 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.50 0.2 - 0.7 ND 0.2 - 0.9
Northern Pike Trap net 0.20 N/A ND N/A
Gill net 7.25 1.5 - 7.3 5.55 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.80 0.7 - 4.2 0.14 0.1 - 0.2
Walleye Trap net 0.20 0.3 - 1.2 ND 0.8 - 2.8
Gill net 6.25 1.2 - 6.3 2.84 1.2 - 2.7
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.20 0.9 - 5.7 ND 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.20 0.3 - 1.7 ND 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 29.00 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 2012 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 23 168 6 0 0 0 0 0 204
bluegill 958 188 0 0 0 0 0 0 1152
golden shiner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
hybrid sunfish 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
largemouth bass 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
northern pike 0 0 0 1 0 9 10 8 31
pumpkinseed 22 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 28
walleye 0 0 0 6 5 11 3 0 27
yellow bullhead 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
yellow perch 29 83 0 0 0 0 0 0 118


For the record, the largest Yellow Perch taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lbs., 4 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Plantaganette, Hubbard County
    When: 1945

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Muskellunge fry 3,900 0.0
2012 Muskellunge yearlings 100 33.3
  Walleye adults 69 69.0
  Walleye fingerlings 18,681 468.2
  Walleye yearlings 1,324 331.0
2010 Muskellunge fingerlings 423 38.7
  Walleye fingerlings 32,280 876.0
2008 Muskellunge fingerlings 379 83.1
  Walleye adults 3 6.0
  Walleye fingerlings 44,819 871.0
2006 Muskellunge* fingerlings 384 85.3
  Muskellunge adults 160 400.0
  Walleye* fingerlings 9,445 395.2
  Walleye yearlings 230 201.0
  Walleye fingerlings 3,657 282.0
2005 Muskellunge fingerlings 259 74.0
  Muskellunge* fingerlings 21 5.0
2004 Walleye* fingerlings 20,350 878.8

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
OWASSO
Ramsey Co., 62005600
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye   shorter than 19" 19" or longer   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
OWASSO
Ramsey Co., 62005600
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Bullhead All sizes        
Carp 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 06/25/2012)

Lake Owasso is managed for walleye and pure strain muskellunge. The catch of walleye in 2012 was the highest recorded for this lake. The average size of walleye sampled measured 19.4" and weighed 2.8 lbs. More than 50% the walleye sampled exceeded 20". Northern pike were also sampled in high numbers. The pike observed were of quality size, averaging more than 5 pounds each. Largemouth bass were sampled in average numbers and were average size. Only 1 bass larger than 16" was observed. Bluegill and crappie were abundant, but small. Only 1 in 6 bluegill sampled exceeded 6", with only one bluegill in excess of 7" observed. Only 8% of the crappie sampled were longer than 8". Yellow perch were common, but small. No muskellunge were sampled in this investigation. Further evaluation of the musky population is scheduled for the spring of 2013.


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 C0498 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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