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Name: Pelican

Nearest Town: Orr
Primary County: St. Louis
Survey Date: 07/30/2012
Inventory Number: 69084100
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Concrete
County Gravel
City Concrete
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County Gravel


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): 11546.3
Littoral Area (acres): 5879
Maximum Depth (ft): 38
Water Clarity (ft): 5.3 (4.5-6)

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 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
Gill net 4.25 N/A 0.18 N/A
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
Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.14 N/A
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
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 bullhead 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
black crappie 410 58 50 1 0 0 0 0 519
bluegill 49 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 107
brown bullhead 3 1 32 41 0 0 0 0 77
golden shiner 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
largemouth bass 5 5 6 0 2 0 0 0 18
northern pike 0 0 2 3 55 45 22 8 135
pumpkinseed 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
rock bass 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
smallmouth bass 0 1 1 3 5 0 0 0 10
walleye 0 0 4 13 8 14 3 0 42
white sucker 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
yellow perch 149 202 25 0 0 0 0 0 376


For the record, the largest Lake Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 43 lbs., 8 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Superior, near Hovland
    When: 5/30/55

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 4,560,000 45.0

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
PELICAN
St. Louis Co., 69084100
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Largemouth Bass     All sizes   Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
PELICAN
St. Louis Co., 69084100
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Bullhead All sizes        
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   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 07/30/2012)

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.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
392 Hwy 11 E
International Falls, MN 56649
Phone: (218) 286-5220
Internet: International Falls Fisheries
E-Mail: InternationalFalls.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 B0295 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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