Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Sugar

Nearest Town: Annandale
Primary County: Wright
Survey Date: 07/16/2012
Inventory Number: 86023300
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete State owned access located at the northeast end of lake in section 36 off of County Road 7.
DNR Concrete State owned access located on the south end of lake in section 11 off of Hoyt Ave NE.


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): 1019.99
Littoral Area (acres): 357
Maximum Depth (ft): 69
Water Clarity (ft): 9.9 (9.75-10)

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 19.0 (7-20)


Did you know? Much of Minnesota's fisheries program is reimbursed by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program (federal excise tax), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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 Trap net 0.17 0.7 - 25.7 0.41 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.08 2.5 - 45.0 0.18 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 0.75 1.8 - 21.2 0.29 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 3.00 2.5 - 16.5 0.29 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 22.00 7.5 - 62.5 0.10 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 13.25 N/A 0.20 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.08 0.4 - 1.3 10.14 2.3 - 4.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.58 0.2 - 1.4 0.58 0.5 - 1.0
Gill net 0.75 0.4 - 2.0 0.75 0.5 - 1.0
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.25 0.2 - 1.3 0.06 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.17 0.2 - 0.5 0.05 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 7.25 N/A 0.20 N/A
Gill net 6.50 N/A 0.21 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.92 0.2 - 0.7 0.60 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 3.92 0.3 - 0.8 0.75 0.4 - 1.0
Muskellunge Gill net 0.17 0.2 - 1.0 14.01 1.9 - 4.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.50 N/A 1.74 N/A
Gill net 13.00 1.5 - 7.3 2.12 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 2.75 0.7 - 4.2 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 3.25 N/A 0.17 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 0.67 0.1 - 0.8 0.34 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 2.08 0.3 - 1.7 0.32 0.2 - 0.4
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.08 0.3 - 2.3 0.45 0.5 - 1.6
Walleye Trap net 0.17 0.3 - 1.2 0.45 0.8 - 2.8
Gill net 4.83 1.2 - 6.3 2.39 1.2 - 2.7
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 3.50 0.9 - 5.7 0.74 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 3.58 0.5 - 7.5 0.62 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.17 0.3 - 1.7 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.17 2.0 - 27.9 0.11 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 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 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
black crappie 4 33 7 1 0 0 0 0 45
bluegill 291 129 0 0 0 0 0 0 423
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
brown bullhead 0 1 12 3 0 0 0 0 16
green sunfish 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
hybrid sunfish 74 91 0 0 0 0 0 0 165
largemouth bass 2 12 29 13 2 0 0 0 58
muskellunge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
northern pike 0 0 3 14 70 40 18 5 162
pumpkinseed 45 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 72
rock bass 9 17 7 0 0 0 0 0 33
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 1 3 13 23 17 2 1 60
yellow bullhead 2 11 52 20 0 0 0 0 85
yellow perch 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4


For the record, the largest Channel Catfish taken in Minnesota weighed 38 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: Mississippi River, North Minneapolis
    When: 1975
    Statistics: 44" length

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fingerlings 8,797 630.0
2012 Muskellunge fingerlings 357 92.5
  Walleye adults 50 61.0
  Walleye yearlings 6,663 326.0
  Walleye1 fingerlings 840 56.0
2011 Walleye yearlings 17 14.0
  Walleye fingerlings 12,296 352.0
2010 Muskellunge fingerlings 117 43.3
  Muskellunge fingerlings 240 40.0
  Walleye fingerlings 5,104 393.0
  Walleye adults 7 17.0
2009 Walleye yearlings 155 69.0
  Walleye fingerlings 6,416 257.0
  Walleye adults 44 36.0
2008 Muskellunge fingerlings 356 82.8
  Walleye yearlings 15 15.0
  Walleye fingerlings 9,104 343.0
2007 Walleye yearlings 87 59.0
  Walleye fingerlings 23 1.5
  Walleye adults 338 412.1
2006 Muskellunge1 fingerlings 499 123.8
  Walleye fingerlings 11,280 333.8
  Walleye yearlings 23 8.5
2005 Walleye fingerlings 4,684 365.0
  Walleye yearlings 10 13.0
2004 Muskellunge fingerlings 500 50.0
  Walleye1 fingerlings 3,350 95.0

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

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
SUGAR
Wright Co., 86023300
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
SUGAR
Wright Co., 86023300
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Carp All sizes        
Northern Pike   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 07/16/2012)

Sugar Lake is a 1,015 acre recreational development lake located five miles north of the City of Annandale in northern Wright County. The lake has excellent water quality and is a popular recreation lake. There are two public accesses on the lake, one each on the north and south ends of the lake. The lake was designated for muskellunge management in 1967 and is managed for muskellunge, walleye, and northern pike. Muskellunge fingerlings are stocked every other year, while walleye fingerlings are stocked annually. In 2007, experimental fishing regulations were put in place for northern pike and black crappie. This assessment marks the midpoint of the evaluation period. Along with summer gill nets and trap nets, this population assessment also included: spring muskellunge and walleye assessments and population estimates.

The muskellunge population was estimated to be 222 adults (30 inches or larger). This estimate 0.22 fish/acre) is similar to the 2007 estimate (0.26 fish/acre) and is within the range of reported values for Minnesota lakes (0.2 - 0.4 fish/acre). Muskellunge sampled ranged from 20 to 51 inches and averaged 42.4 inches. For the second consecutive survey fish over 50 inches were sampled. Nine year classes were present in the aging sample with the 2002 - 2006 year classes making up 76% of the sample. Management has achieved its goal of providing a high quality, low density muskellunge population.

The northern pike population continues to be abundant. The catch in 2012 was significantly higher than 2007 and continues to be above expected values for similar lakes. The average length and weight of northern pike has changed little since 1998 and remain small (19.8 inches and 2 pounds, respectively). Eighteen percent of the northern pike caught in gill nets were larger than 24 inches compared to 12% in 2007. We hope to see this percentage continue to increase the longer the regulation is in place.

The walleye catch increased significantly from 2007, but was still within the range of expected values for similar lakes. The walleye population was estimated to be 3,559 adults or 3.5 adults/acre. This compares to the 2007 estimates of 1.4 adults/acre. DNR net catches of walleye since 1971 show that walleye have existed within the normal range of expected values for Sugar Lake, exceeding it only in 1976 and 1986. The average catch for all years is slightly less than five walleye per gill net. The average length and weight of walleye sampled was 18 inches and 2.4 pounds, respectively. Both are lower than reported in 2007 (19.6 inches and 3.2 pounds), but still respectable.

Catches of yellow perch remain below expected values and were identical to 2007.

Sugar Lake has an abundant population of bluegill and a smaller population of black crappie. Few quality size bluegills can be found in Sugar Lake as 67% of the bluegills sampled were less than 6 inches long. Only four fish larger than 8 inches long were sampled during the survey. The average size of bluegill was 5.5 inches. Black crappies are less abundant, but fish up to 13 inches were captured with an average size of 8 inches.

Other species sampled during the survey were: black bullhead, bowfin, brown bullhead, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, and yellow bullhead.


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 B0327 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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