|Nearest Town: Buffalo Lake
Primary County: Renville
Survey Date: 07/21/2008
Inventory Number: 65000600
|County||Earthen||County Park on W side of lake|
|Private Property||Concrete||North shore.|
|DNR||Concrete||South side of SE bay.|
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|Species||Number of fish per net||
Average Fish Weight (lbs)
Normal Range (lbs)
|Black Bullhead||Gill net||0.33||30.3 - 150.6||0.52||0.2 - 0.4|
|Black Crappie||Trap net||1.11||1.2 - 20.5||0.42||0.2 - 0.5|
|Gill net||1.11||1.4 - 13.8||0.35||0.2 - 0.4|
|Bluegill||Trap net||3.78||1.2 - 20.0||0.29||0.1 - 0.4|
|Channel Catfish||Trap net||0.44||N/A||3.30||N/A|
|Common Carp||Trap net||3.56||1.0 - 5.5||4.81||1.4 - 4.6|
|Gill net||7.67||1.0 - 13.8||4.88||0.8 - 3.7|
|Golden Shiner||Trap net||0.22||0.2 - 1.1||0.09||0.1 - 0.1|
|Green Sunfish||Trap net||0.33||0.2 - 1.9||0.10||0.1 - 0.2|
|Hybrid Sunfish||Trap net||0.11||N/A||0.16||N/A|
|Northern Pike||Trap net||0.11||N/A||7.74||N/A|
|Gill net||0.78||1.1 - 8.0||1.50||1.8 - 3.4|
|Orangespotted Sunfish||Trap net||0.33||N/A||0.03||N/A|
|Walleye||Trap net||3.44||0.5 - 3.0||0.31||0.8 - 2.3|
|Gill net||4.89||2.3 - 18.1||0.66||1.0 - 2.3|
|White Sucker||Trap net||0.22||0.3 - 2.6||2.70||1.0 - 2.0|
|Gill net||4.11||0.8 - 6.5||2.40||0.9 - 2.0|
|Yellow Perch||Trap net||0.22||0.3 - 3.8||0.10||0.1 - 0.3|
|Gill net||5.89||2.7 - 25.0||0.22||0.1 - 0.3|
|Species||Number of fish caught in each category (inches)|
|For the record, the largest Shortnose Gar taken in Minnesota weighed 4 lbs., 9.6 oz. and was caught: |
Statistics: 34.6" length, 10" girth
Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years
|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.|
A population assessment was conducted at Allie Lake in 2008 to evaluate a 2006 yellow perch stocking effort and to document the status of the fish population following the 2007-2008 partial winterkill. A total of 12 different species of fish were sampled, plus hybrid sunfish. Based on summer net catches the partial winterkill that occurred on Allie was not severe. Stocking efforts in 2008 were based on presence/absence results found during a spring trap netting assessment.
Gill nets sampled 44 walleye for a catch rate of 4.9/net, which was in the normal range for lakes of this classification. The 2005 catch rate was 6.4/net. Walleye were 6.7 to 19.6 inches long averaging 11.5 inches. Walleye were 1 to 5 years old with 5 year-classes present. Age 1 fish made up 55% of the gill net sample. Approximately 53% of the gill netted walleye were less than 8.5 inches in length. A total of 461,000 fry were stocked in 2008.
Gill nets sampled 7 northern pike for a catch rate of 0.8/net, which was below the normal range for this type of lake. The 2005 catch rate was also low at 0.2/net. Catch rates from 1992 onward have all been low. Northern pike were 16.3 to 21.3 inches long averaging 19.6 inches. Trap nets sampled pike up to 34.5 inches in length. Northern pike were 1 to 5 years old with 3 year-classes present. Growth was fast. A total of 108,000 fry were stocked in 2008.
Gill nets sampled 53 yellow perch for a catch rate of 5.9/net, which was within the normal range for this type of lake. The 2005 catch rate was 0.9/net. Yellow perch were 5.7 to 9.7 inches long averaging 7.4 inches. Approximately 8% of the gill net catch was 9 inches or longer. Yellow perch were 1 to 5 years old with 5 year-classes present. The 2006 year-class accounted for 55% of the sample, possibly indicating that the stocking effort that year was somewhat successful.
Gill nets sampled 19 channel catfish for a catch rate of 2.1/net. The 2005 catch rate was 1.3/net. Channel catfish were 14.8 to 26.7 inches long averaging 20.9 inches. Natural reproduction continued to sustain this introduced species.
Gill nets sampled 69 carp for a catch rate of 7.7/net, which was within the normal range for this type of lake. The 2005 catch rate was 5.6/net. Carp were 17.7 to 31.6 inches long averaging 21.4 inches. The trap net catch rate was 3.6/net.
Gill nets sampled 3 black bullhead for a catch rate of 0.3/net, which was below the normal range for this type of lake. The 2005 catch rate was also 0.3/net. High numbers of black bullhead have not been trap netted since the 1994 assessment. Black bullhead were 5.4 to 11.5 inches long averaging 9.3 inches. Trap nets did not sample any black or yellow bullhead.
Trap nets sampled 10 black crappie for a catch rate of 1.1/net, which was below the normal range. The 2005 catch rate was also low (1.4/net). High numbers of black crappie have not been trap netted since the 2000 assessment. Black crappie were 8.0 to 11.9 inches long averaging 8.9 inches. Gill nets also sampled low numbers of black crappie. Black crappie were not stocked following the winterkill, since survivors were found during the spring trap netting assessment.
Trap nets sampled 34 bluegill for a catch rate of 3.8/net, which was within the normal range. The 2005 catch rate was 1.8/net. Bluegill have not been sampled in high numbers since the 2000 assessment. Bluegill were 4.7 to 9.5 inches long averaging 6.7 inches. Approximately 12% of the trap net catch was 8 inches or longer. A total of 126 adult bluegill were stocked in the spring of 2008.
Sporadic good fishing, mainly walleye, can be had at Allie Lake and angling opportunities should improve with time.
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500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
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