Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Mink

Nearest Town: Maple Lake
Primary County: Wright
Survey Date: 09/05/2011
Inventory Number: 86022900
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete Located on the west side of Mink Lake off of township road.


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): 279.74
Littoral Area (acres): 276
Maximum Depth (ft): 39
Water Clarity (ft): 1.1 (.6-1.6)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 4.1 (3-5)


Did you know? Habitat acquisition of lands next to lakes and streams protects spawning areas and shoreline vegetation, and it increases access to fishing waters.

Fish Sampled for the 2011 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

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
Gill net 7.00 N/A 0.10 N/A
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
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2011 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 crappie 551 172 48 0 0 0 0 0 771
bluegill 401 231 0 0 0 0 0 0 637
largemouth bass 2 6 3 0 6 0 0 0 17
northern pike 0 1 1 0 3 19 30 4 58
pumpkinseed 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
walleye 0 1 4 0 12 4 3 0 24
yellow perch 35 73 3 0 0 0 0 0 111


For the record, the largest Atlantic Salmon taken in Minnesota weighed 12 lbs., 13 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Baptism River, Lake County
    When: 10/12/91
    Statistics: 35.5" length, 16.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye yearlings 3,261 377.0
  Walleye fingerlings 65 12.0
2010 Walleye fingerlings 9,767 288.0
2008 Walleye1 fingerlings 3,873 274.6
2006 Walleye1 fingerlings 4,400 275.0
2004 Walleye1 fingerlings 8,250 412.5

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 09/05/2011)

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.


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 C1664 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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