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Name: Kraemer

Nearest Town: Saint Joseph
Primary County: Stearns
Survey Date: 07/23/2007
Inventory Number: 73006400

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Private Property Other


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 191.68
Littoral Area (acres): 105
Maximum Depth (ft): 30
Water Clarity (ft): 5

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 29 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 7.0 (6-8)


Did you know? There are 15,000 miles of fishable streams in Minnesota, including 2,600 miles of trout streams.

Fish Sampled for the 2007 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.50 1.0 - 16.5 0.83 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 1.33 0.8 - 4.3 0.16 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 8.50 1.0 - 4.8 0.11 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 23.67 8.3 - 50.1 0.12 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 15.33 N/A 0.13 N/A
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.22 0.3 - 0.8 0.04 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 1.44 N/A 0.11 N/A
Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.21 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 1.4 1.08 0.3 - 1.0
Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 1.8 2.63 0.6 - 1.3
Northern Pike Trap net 0.44 N/A 1.04 N/A
Gill net 9.33 4.8 - 12.5 3.14 1.4 - 2.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.56 2.8 - 10.3 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 4.00 N/A 0.19 N/A
Walleye Gill net 1.83 0.5 - 3.0 1.85 1.7 - 3.6
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 2.67 2.1 - 10.5 0.84 0.4 - 0.7
Gill net 8.00 1.9 - 12.1 0.78 0.4 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.44 0.3 - 2.8 0.05 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 0.17 2.0 - 21.5 0.09 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 2007 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 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
black crappie 42 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 63
bluegill 198 105 0 0 0 0 0 0 305
green sunfish 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
largemouth bass 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 5
northern pike 0 0 0 0 15 20 19 4 60
pumpkinseed 11 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 29
walleye 0 1 0 3 4 3 0 0 11
yellow bullhead 0 6 39 27 0 0 0 0 72
yellow perch 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5


For the record, the largest Brown Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 16 lbs., 12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Superior, St. Louis County
    When: 6/23/89
    Statistics: 31.4" length, 20.6" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2009 Walleye* fingerlings 840 28.0
2007 Walleye* fingerlings 1,857 121.0
2006 Walleye* fingerlings 1,200 60.0
2004 Walleye* fingerlings 1,000 50.0

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

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 07/23/2007)

Kraemer Lake is located two miles southwest of St. Joseph in eastern Stearns County. An access on the east side of the lake belongs to the St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club and use of the access is limited to members only. Most development has occurred along the north and east sides of the lake. The only recent stocking that has been done is that of walleye fingerlings by the Gun Club. The last survey was in 1989.

A survey of curled pondweed was conducted at the time of peak abundance June 4th, 2007. Curled pondweed was growing over 13.7 acres, 7.0% of the lakes surface. Only one species of aquatic plant, coontail, was found on 100% of the transects and noted to be abundant. Bushy pondweed, wild celery and northern milfoil were widely distributed. Plants grew out to a depth of eight feet. At the time the survey was conducted in the latter part of June oxygen was available to fish down to 13 feet.

Net catches of northern pike were above the normal range. The catch has been above the expected range for the past three nettings dating back to 1984. Northern pike averaged nearly 24 inches in length and weighed three pounds. Anglers have an opportunity to catch above average size northern pike in Kramer Lake.

One notable change in the fisheries apparent between the 1989 and 2007 surveys was the significant decline of yellow perch. A total of only five yellow perch were sampled during the 2007 survey. This was the first time that yellow perch catches had been below the range of expected values. Yellow perch numbers had also been high in 1984 despite high northern pike populations. A primary management species for Kraemer Lake is largemouth bass. Kraemer Lake has an excellent bass population with a wide range of sizes available to anglers including fish up to 20 inches. The electrofishing catch was 55 per hour, about the average catch for Stearns County lakes. Walleye were caught at a low rate similar to that of 1989. Approximately 1,500 walleye fingerlings have been stocked annually since 1999 by the St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club. Its likely that the high northern pike population is decreasing survival of the stocked fish (in the absence of yellow perch).

Kraemer Lake has a moderate population of bluegills. Only one bluegill larger than seven inches was taken in trap nets. The average size of the bluegills was about 5.5 inches. Growth of bluegill in Kraemer Lake was similar to the statewide average as bluegill grow to seven inches in eight years.

Black crappie were sampled in relatively low numbers during the summer survey, however, large numbers of crappie approximately eight inches in length were observed during the night-time electrofishing conducted in mid May.

Other species in the fish community include hybrid, green and pumpkinseed sunfish, and black and yellow bullheads.

Maintaining the water quality in Kraemer Lake should be a high priority of the county and landowners around the lake. Some effort may be needed to identify any sources of phosphorus and plans developed to reduce these sources. Buffer strips on inlets and lakeshore property are encouraged to reduce nutrients entering the lake. Maintaining adequate septics and keeping grass clippings and raked leaves out the lake will help reduce nutrients entering the lake, thus slowing algae and excess vegetation growth.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
7372 State Hwy 25 SW
Montrose, MN 55363
Phone: (763) 675-3301
Internet: Montrose Fisheries
E-Mail: Montrose.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 C1182 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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