|Nearest Town: Maple Lake
Primary County: Wright
Survey Date: 09/05/2011
Inventory Number: 86022900
|DNR||Concrete||Located on the west side of Mink Lake off of township road.|
|Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.|
|Did you know? Each year, DNR fisheries personnel stock game fish fry and fingerlings in lakes lacking habitat for natural reproduction.|
|Species||Number of fish per net||
Average Fish Weight (lbs)
Normal Range (lbs)
|Black Crappie||Trap net||30.78||2.1 - 24.1||0.19||0.2 - 0.4|
|Gill net||98.80||1.7 - 17.5||0.11||0.1 - 0.3|
|Bluegill||Trap net||66.89||3.5 - 57.1||0.14||0.1 - 0.3|
|Largemouth Bass||Trap net||1.33||0.2 - 0.8||1.57||0.3 - 1.5|
|Gill net||1.00||0.3 - 0.6||1.35||0.5 - 1.5|
|Northern Pike||Trap net||2.78||N/A||4.86||N/A|
|Gill net||6.60||2.0 - 10.8||3.17||1.7 - 3.1|
|Pumpkinseed||Trap net||1.89||0.7 - 6.5||0.09||0.1 - 0.2|
|Walleye||Trap net||0.78||0.3 - 0.8||1.42||0.9 - 3.5|
|Gill net||3.40||0.8 - 3.8||3.25||1.4 - 3.0|
|Yellow Perch||Trap net||3.56||0.4 - 2.8||0.13||0.1 - 0.2|
|Gill net||15.80||2.0 - 22.3||0.14||0.1 - 0.2|
|Species||Number of fish caught in each category (inches)|
|For the record, the largest American Eel taken in Minnesota weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. and was caught: |
Statistics: 36" length, 14" 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.|
Mink and Somers Lakes, two connected lakes totaling 458 acres in Wright County, Minnesota, were reclaimed in 1994. Pre-treatment population estimates showed carp populations ranged from 400-800 pounds per acre.
Rotenone formulations were applied to the lakes and wetland areas and a complete kill was achieved. The lakes were restocked with walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch and non-game species. Angling regulations were applied to prolong good fishing. Daily possession limits became five sunfish, five crappie, and three walleye (17" minimum). Largemouth bass and northern pike were maintained with protected slot limits; and no live minnows were permitted. Fisheries were inventoried with trap and gill nets, electrofishing and creel surveys at annual, then five year intervals, most recently in 2011.
Fish population numbers and sizes have fluctuated around the 75th percentile for the respective lake classes. Largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye have been more stable than sunfish and black crappies.
Largemouth night time electrofishing catch rates have been above the area median. The densities of largemouth greater than 12 and 15 inches were higher than statewide averages. The lakes have become a destination for largemouth anglers.
Though northern pike were never stocked, populations became established by 2001. The initial experiment was to manage without northern pike to test if yellow perch would prosper with resulting positive effects on bluegill. Since then northern pike have been within the range of expected values and 72 percent were larger than 24 inches. That places the size structure in the 88th percentile of area lakes.
Walleye fingerlings have been stocked every other year. The population has remained above or near the 75th percentile. The average size of walleye was large (2.7 pounds) and 84 percent of walleye were greater than 17 inches.
Bluegill catches have fluctuated over time but remain high. Although the average size has decreased, bluegill larger than eight inches are still present.
Given the hyper eutrophic nature of the lakes black crappie have become very abundant. The 2011 gill net catch of black crappie was 71/lift, (average weight 0.11 lb,) which was about four times the 75th percentile statewide catch (18/gill net). All this despite a 2003 summer-kill when tens of thousands of crappies perished. The burgeoning crappie population should produce quality angling as crappie mature.
Carp appeared to enter the lake in 2001 due to a flooding event. No reproduction has been noted and none were caught in 2011. No bullheads have ever been taken, possibly because of the live minnow prohibition.
Creel surveys in 1998 and 2001 encountered anglers who were thrilled about the fishing but wished the bag limits were greater. No funding is available for creel surveys currently.
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