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Name: MCQUADE

Nearest Town: Hibbing, MN.
Primary County: St. Louis
Survey Date: 07/17/2000
Inventory Number: 69-0775-00

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Minnesota DNR Earthen Located on the north end of the lake off Co. Rd. 592.
Minnesota DNR Earthen Located on the west side of the lake off Co. Rd. 592.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 164.00
Littoral Area (acres): 157.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 21.00
Water Clarity (ft): 5.00

Dominant Bottom Substrate: sand, detritus, muck
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 10.00


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Fish Sampled up to the 2000 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Gill net 1.2 0.5 - 5.5 0.23 0.1 - 0.3
  Trap net 0.6 0.8 - 3.5 0.45 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Gill net 0.8 N/A - N/A 0.43 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 2.8 2.3 - 7.8 0.35 0.2 - 0.4
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.2 0.5 - 20.0 1.59 0.3 - 0.7
  Trap net 0.2 0.4 - 3.9 1.22 0.4 - 0.8
Northern Pike Gill net 7.6 3.0 - 8.3 2.03 1.4 - 3.0
  Trap net 0.6 N/A - N/A 5.31 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net 0.2 N/A - N/A 0.23 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 1.2 0.7 - 3.4 0.31 0.1 - 0.3
Shorthead Redhorse Gill net 2.0 1.1 - 4.0 1.53 1.3 - 2.2
  Trap net 0.1 0.7 - 2.3 1.67 2.0 - 2.5
Snapping Turtle Trap net 0.1 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Walleye Gill net 1.8 1.3 - 4.8 2.90 0.9 - 2.5
White Sucker Gill net 15.2 2.0 - 11.5 1.84 1.1 - 2.1
  Trap net 0.7 0.8 - 4.4 1.58 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.4 0.5 - 2.1 1.18 0.4 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 0.8 4.5 - 19.0 0.11 0.1 - 0.3
  Trap net 0.1 0.4 - 2.8 0.09 0.1 - 0.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2000 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 4 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 11
Bluegill 7 17 5 0 0 0 0 0 29
Brown Bullhead 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
Northern Pike 0 0 0 1 21 12 7 1 42
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 3 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
Walleye 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 1 9
Yellow Bullhead 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Yellow Perch 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5


For the record, the largest Tiger Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 2 lbs., 9.12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mill Creek, Olmsted County
    When: 8/7/99
    Statistics: 20" length, 9 5/8" girth

Fish Consumption Guidelines

No fish consumption guidelines are available for this lake. For more information, see the "Fish Consumption Advice" pages at the Minnesota Department of Health.


Status of the Fishery (as of 07/17/2000)

McQuade Lake is a small 164 acre bass-panfish lake that also supports a modest population of walleye. Located just southeast of Hibbing, MN., McQuade is known for it's crappie and northern pike fishing. Although walleye were never sampled prior to 1991, they have been observed in both of the last past two surveys. In fact, the highest catch recorded was in this survey (1.8/ gill net). All of the walleye sampled were from natural reproduction. They were generally of quality size with an average weight of 2.9 pounds. Growth was very good. Northern pike abundance has generally been low in McQuade but were relatively abundant in the gill nets in the 2000 survey. This too, was the highest catch recorded. Varying in length from 13.6-29.5 inches they averaged 2.0 pounds. One very large (44.4 inch) northern pike was captured and released from the trap nets. White suckers have always been present in high numbers in this lake and this survey was no exception. The inlet provides excellent spawning habitat for this species and may be, at least in part, the reason for the high numbers historically observed. Suckers are an excellent prey species and can be an important portion of the diet of northern pike and walleye. Black crappie, usually abundant, were captured in this survey in much lower numbers. Bluegill were not abundant either but were generally nice size. Growth was good for both species. Although no largemouth bass were sampled in the netting survey, young of the year were sampled in the seining portion of the survey. Summer netting surveys do not effectively sample this species, however. Other species sampled were yellow and brown bullhead, shorthead redhorse, pumpkinseed sunfish and yellow perch.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
1201 East Hwy 2
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: (218) 327-4430
Internet: Grand Rapids Fisheries
E-Mail: GrandRapids.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 D0196 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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