|Nearest Town: Orr
Primary County: St. Louis
Survey Date: 07/30/2012
Inventory Number: 69084100
|Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.|
|Did you know? There are 15,000 miles of fishable streams in Minnesota, including 2,600 miles of trout streams.|
|Species||Number of fish per net||
Average Fish Weight (lbs)
Normal Range (lbs)
|Black Bullhead||Gill net||0.08||42.1 - 130.3||0.93||0.5 - 0.5|
|Black Crappie||Trap net||11.67||1.6 - 3.3||0.17||0.2 - 0.7|
|Gill net||25.75||0.2 - 1.4||0.11||0.2 - 0.5|
|Bluegill||Trap net||3.11||0.8 - 8.7||0.15||0.1 - 0.3|
|Brown Bullhead||Trap net||0.72||0.7 - 19.7||0.84||0.4 - 0.5|
|Gill net||5.33||9.4 - 25.8||1.01||0.4 - 0.5|
|Golden Shiner||Trap net||0.06||N/A||0.08||N/A|
|Gill net||0.33||0.1 - 0.2||0.07||0.1 - 0.2|
|Largemouth Bass||Trap net||0.39||0.1 - 0.7||0.63||0.1 - 1.0|
|Gill net||0.92||0.2 - 0.8||0.50||0.9 - 1.3|
|Northern Pike||Trap net||0.56||N/A||2.32||N/A|
|Gill net||10.42||1.2 - 3.6||2.29||1.9 - 3.6|
|Pumpkinseed||Trap net||0.78||0.5 - 3.4||0.13||0.1 - 0.3|
|Rock Bass||Trap net||0.50||0.3 - 1.0||0.42||0.2 - 0.3|
|Gill net||0.17||0.5 - 2.2||0.44||0.2 - 0.4|
|Smallmouth Bass||Trap net||0.06||0.1 - 0.4||3.58||0.2 - 0.5|
|Gill net||0.75||0.3 - 0.7||1.86||0.5 - 1.3|
|Walleye||Trap net||0.06||0.3 - 1.3||9.45||0.5 - 1.4|
|Gill net||3.42||3.1 - 9.8||2.38||0.7 - 1.3|
|White Sucker||Trap net||0.06||0.3 - 3.0||3.90||1.8 - 2.8|
|Gill net||0.08||2.8 - 6.7||2.92||1.3 - 2.0|
|Yellow Perch||Trap net||1.17||0.4 - 1.9||0.14||0.1 - 0.3|
|Gill net||29.58||1.9 - 7.1||0.15||0.1 - 0.3|
|Species||Number of fish caught in each category (inches)|
|For the record, the largest Northern Pike (Silver Phase) taken in Minnesota weighed 18 lbs., 14 oz. and was caught: |
Statistics: 42" length, 19" 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.|
Pelican Lake is located west of Highway 53 at Orr, MN. The lake is 10,945 acres and slightly over half (54%) is less than 15 feet deep. Centrarchids, northern pike, and yellow perch dominate the sport-fish community.
Special regulations protecting northern pike (24 to 38 inches) and largemouth and smallmouth bass (14 to 20 inches) were enacted in the spring of 1998 for a period of 10 years. The regulations were implemented to address concerns about declining northern pike quality and to protect the high quality bass fishery that was present. The northern pike regulation was modified in 2001; fish from 24 to 32 inches were protected. In 2008, the regulations were reviewed and the decision was to continue for an additional 10-year trial period. The bass regulation remained the same and the northern pike regulation was modified to match similar lakes in Minnesota (24 to 36 inches protected).
Most species have increased in abundance during the last 15 years; however, black and brown bullhead abundances continued to decline, a trend that has continued for over a decade. Generally, size structure and growth for all species has been maintained or improved during the last decade.
Black crappie abundance greatly exceeded the level for this lake type and was the highest level ever observed in Pelican Lake. Length in trap nets ranged from 3.9 to 12.6 inches and the mean was 6.2. Sixty-six percent of the sample were from the 2010 year-class, which could provide great fishing and reproduction in the near future.
Bluegill abundance decreased from the previous investigation, but not outside the normal range for Pelican Lake. The mean length of fish captured in trap nets was 5.6 inches with a range from 3.8 to 7.5. Nearly half (46 percent) of the bluegill captured in trap nets were from the 2010 year-class.
Abundance of northern pike in 2012 was essentially equal to the mean from 1959-2001 and well above the normal range for this lake type. Size has increased since the experimental regulations were enacted in 1998; the mean was 21.5 inches in 2012, compared to a mean of 18.3 in 1995. Growth has also improved compared to surveys done prior to the regualtion changes.
Walleye abundance was the highest level ever observed in Pelican Lake. Mean length was 17.5 inches with a range from 11.2 to 27.0. Eleven year-classes were present, which was the most year-classes ever observed. In 2012, age ranged from 2-18 years and age-2 fish represented 41 percent of sample. Mean weight was well above the normal range observed in similar lakes.
Yellow perch gill-net abundance decreased from the previous investigation in 2007 (highest level observed since 1959), but remained well above the normal range for this lake type. Mean length was 6.7 inches with a range from 5.1 to 11.0. Growth was slightly less than the area mean. Ten year-classes were present and age ranged from 2-11 years.
Originally, the population assessment for Pelican Lake was planned for 2011. However, due to the Minnesota State Government shutdown that occurred July 1-20, 2011; the population assessment had to be postponed until 2012.
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St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
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