Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Ramsey

Nearest Town: Maple Lake
Primary County: Wright
Survey Date: 07/28/2008
Inventory Number: 86012000
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
Private Property Gravel Private fee access on the northeast side of lake off of County Road 8.
DNR Concrete The state owned access is located on the south east side of the lake off of County Road 8.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 309.18
Littoral Area (acres): 135
Maximum Depth (ft): 80
Water Clarity (ft): 2.75

Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 29 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 5.0 (0-9)


Did you know? Spawning habitat improvements can enhance naturally reproducing populations of fish species such as walleye and northern pike.

Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.33 0.7 - 25.7 1.12 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.83 2.5 - 45.0 0.73 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 1.44 1.8 - 21.2 0.27 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 3.83 2.5 - 16.5 0.23 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 32.33 7.5 - 62.5 0.10 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 10.00 N/A 0.13 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.44 0.4 - 1.3 5.13 2.3 - 4.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.22 0.2 - 1.4 1.18 0.5 - 1.0
Gill net 1.83 0.4 - 2.0 1.46 0.5 - 1.0
Channel Catfish Gill net 0.17 N/A 4.96 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 0.11 0.4 - 2.0 7.57 2.6 - 6.0
Gill net 0.33 0.3 - 3.0 11.58 1.9 - 5.2
Golden Shiner Trap net 1.67 0.2 - 0.8 0.07 0.1 - 0.1
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 1.3 0.04 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.67 N/A 0.23 N/A
Gill net 0.33 N/A 0.26 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 1.00 0.2 - 0.7 2.24 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 2.00 0.3 - 0.8 0.87 0.4 - 1.0
Northern Pike Gill net 7.00 1.5 - 7.3 3.68 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.78 0.7 - 4.2 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Rock Bass Trap net 0.11 0.1 - 0.8 0.13 0.2 - 0.5
Walleye Gill net 8.50 1.2 - 6.3 2.08 1.2 - 2.7
White Sucker Gill net 0.17 0.4 - 2.2 2.07 1.5 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 2.11 0.9 - 5.7 1.00 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 9.50 0.5 - 7.5 0.82 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.44 0.3 - 1.7 0.20 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 2.50 2.0 - 27.9 0.13 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 2008 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 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 8
black crappie 1 28 7 0 0 0 0 0 36
bluegill 267 84 0 0 0 0 0 0 351
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 4
brown bullhead 0 0 0 12 1 0 0 0 13
channel catfish 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
golden shiner 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
green sunfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
hybrid sunfish 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
largemouth bass 2 6 3 4 6 0 0 0 21
northern pike 0 0 0 0 4 17 15 6 42
pumpkinseed 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
rock bass 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 0 0 7 38 6 0 0 51
white sucker 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
yellow bullhead 2 3 42 27 2 0 0 0 76
yellow perch 3 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 19


For the record, the largest Blue Sucker taken in Minnesota weighed 14 lbs., 3 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River near Alma, Wabasha County
    When: 2/28/87
    Statistics: 30.4" length, 20.2" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fingerlings 2,293 139.0
2011 Walleye adults 28 40.0
  Walleye fingerlings 5,607 178.0
2009 Walleye fingerlings 6,075 135.0
2007 Walleye fingerlings 121 11.0
  Walleye yearlings 358 147.0
  Yellow Perch yearlings 1,020 68.0
2005 Walleye adults 3 3.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,524 138.0
  Walleye yearlings 3 2.0

Stocking Notes
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.

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 07/28/2008)

Ramsey Lake is a 275-acre recreational development lake located on the south side of the City of Maple Lake in central Wright County. It has a maximum depth of 80 feet and water clarity of 2.7 feet. The aquatic plant community was diverse and vegetation grew to a depth of nine feet. Since Eurasian water milfoil was discovered it has now become abundant and was found on 95% of plant survey transects. Curled pondweed, another exotic plant species, grew over 4.8 acres, 1.5% of the lakes surface.

Ramsey Lake has a history of walleye stocking. After the 1998 survey, fry were stocked for two years. However, fall electrofishing surveys showed little fry survival so fingerling stocking every other year was resumed. Ramsey Lake was first surveyed in 1955. This was the first survey since 1998.

Ramsey Lake is considered to be a "good fishing lake." It consistently provides crappie and sunfish angling. If an angler were looking for good bass, northern pike and walleye fishing all together, Ramsey Lake would be the place to go.

Largemouth bass were captured by night electrofishing in June 2008. The catch rate exceeded the normal rate for area lakes by 30 percent. Bass up to 20 inches can be found though an average fish might be 12 inches long.

The average northern pike was 25 inches long and weighed 3.5 pounds. More than half of the northern pike were longer than 24 inches. This percentage is much better than average and better than some lakes that are regulated for quality northern pike.

Walleye numbers increased significantly in the 10 years between surveys. The gill net catch of walleye (8.5/gill net) exceeds the range of normal values for lakes similar to Ramsey. These fish were the result of the successful fingerling stocking in 2005. The average walleye was 18 inches long and weighed two pounds.

If there is a concern for the fishery it would be for the yellow perch. Catch rates have declined significantly. Yellow perch are frequently cyclic in abundance but this population needs to increase in order to balance the fish community.

Sunfish net catches were within the range of expected values but black crappies were not. Other species sampled during the survey included: black, brown and yellow bullheads, bowfin, carp, golden shiner, hybrid, green and pumpkinseed sunfish, white sucker, and rock bass. The first channel catfish was reported for Ramsey Lake.


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 C2645 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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