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Name: French

Nearest Town: Annandale
Primary County: Wright
Survey Date: 07/25/2011
Inventory Number: 86027300
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete The access is located on the west shore


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 346.37
Littoral Area (acres): 156
Maximum Depth (ft): 50
Water Clarity (ft): 5

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


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

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 Bullhead Trap net 0.11 0.7 - 25.7 0.95 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.33 2.5 - 45.0 0.67 0.3 - 0.7
Black Crappie Trap net 7.22 1.8 - 21.2 0.29 0.2 - 0.3
Gill net 10.67 2.5 - 16.5 0.16 0.1 - 0.3
Bluegill Trap net 19.44 7.5 - 62.5 0.16 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 13.83 N/A 0.20 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.22 0.4 - 1.3 6.37 2.3 - 4.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.44 0.2 - 1.4 1.38 0.5 - 1.0
Common Carp Trap net 0.56 0.4 - 2.0 5.79 2.6 - 6.0
Gill net 0.17 0.3 - 3.0 4.96 1.9 - 5.2
Golden Shiner Gill net 0.50 0.3 - 1.5 0.14 0.1 - 0.1
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.22 0.2 - 0.7 1.96 0.2 - 0.9
Gill net 2.83 0.3 - 0.8 0.24 0.4 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.11 N/A 4.63 N/A
Gill net 2.17 1.5 - 7.3 4.25 2.0 - 3.5
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.56 0.7 - 4.2 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Walleye Trap net 0.11 0.3 - 1.2 5.07 0.8 - 2.8
Gill net 2.83 1.2 - 6.3 1.91 1.2 - 2.7
White Crappie Trap net 0.78 0.5 - 6.6 0.33 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 2.17 0.7 - 10.4 0.19 0.2 - 0.3
White Sucker Trap net 0.11 0.2 - 1.0 2.65 1.6 - 2.8
Gill net 1.00 0.4 - 2.2 1.95 1.5 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.56 0.9 - 5.7 1.23 0.5 - 0.8
Gill net 0.50 0.5 - 7.5 1.33 0.5 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.22 0.3 - 1.7 0.08 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 26.67 2.0 - 27.9 0.10 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 bullhead 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
black crappie 49 51 28 1 0 0 0 0 129
bluegill 125 133 0 0 0 0 0 0 258
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
brown bullhead 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4
common carp 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 6
golden shiner 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
largemouth bass 11 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 19
northern pike 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 2 14
pumpkinseed 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
walleye 0 0 5 0 8 5 0 0 18
white crappie 2 11 7 0 0 0 0 0 20
white sucker 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 7
yellow bullhead 0 0 6 11 0 0 0 0 17
yellow perch 53 109 0 0 0 0 0 0 162


For the record, the largest Rock Bass (tie) taken in Minnesota weighed 2 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: Lake Winnibigoshish, Cass County
    When: 5/10/98
    Statistics: 12.6" length, 12.4" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fingerlings 6,491 433.0
2010 Walleye 11,745 8.1
2008 Walleye 23,450 16.8
2007 Walleye fingerlings 2,335 178.0
2005 Walleye 23,392 20.5

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

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
FRENCH
Wright Co., 86027300
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Carp   All sizes     Mercury
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
Largemouth Bass   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   shorter than 19" 19" or longer   Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
FRENCH
Wright Co., 86027300
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Carp All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker All sizes        

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 07/25/2011)

French Lake is a 332 acre lake located three miles southwest of the City of Annandale. The lake is eutrophic and has a maximum depth of 50 feet. A public access is located on the northwest shore, off 42nd St NW. The lake is primarily managed for walleye and crappie, but bluegill, northern pike and largemouth bass are also present.

Historically, walleye have been managed through fingerling stocking because fry stocking produced little success. Since 2003, as part of a statewide stocking study, walleye frylings have been stocked 4 of the last 8 years most recently in 2010. The walleye catch was average compared to similar lakes and higher than 2004. Walleye ranged in length from 10  25 inches and averaged 17.4 inches and 2.1 pounds. Seventy-one percent of walleye caught were larger than 15 inches and 24% were larger than 20 inches. The largest walleye collected was 24.4 inches and 5.1 pounds. Walleye grew fast and reached 18 inches in 4 years.

Northern pike have never been abundant in French Lake and 2011 was no exception. The catch was lower than previous surveys and below average compared to similar lakes. Northern pike ranged in length from 18  37 inches and averaged 26.3 inches and 4.3 pounds. Sixty-nine percent of the northern pike caught were larger than 24 inches and 15% were larger than 30 inches. The largest northern pike collected was 37 inches and 8.8 pounds. Northern pike growth was fast. Male and female northern pike reached 24 inches by age 4 and 3, respectively.

Yellow perch abundance was lower than 2004, but above average compared to similar lakes. Yellow perch ranged in length from 5  8 inches and averaged 6.2 inches. Only two year classes were collected, with age 2 fish making up 96% of the sample. Growth was fast. Yellow perch reached 6 inches in 2 years.

The catch of largemouth bass during day-time spring electrofishing (80.5/hr; on-time) was above the Montrose area day-time average (46.5/ hr; on time), and 2.5 times greater than the 2004 night time electrofishing (32/hr). Largemouth bass ranged from 5  19 inches and averaged 11.7 inches. Forty-eight percent of the bass sampled were larger than 12 inches and 13% were larger than 15 inches. Growth of largemouth bass was average. Largemouth bass reached 12 inches in 4 years.

French Lake has a reputation of being an excellent crappie lake. Although the catch rates of both black and white crappie were lower than 2004, the catch for both species were still within the expected range compared to similar lakes. Black crappie ranged from 4  14.8 inches and averaged 7 inches, while white crappie ranged from 5  11 inches and averaged 7.7 inches. The largest black crappie sampled was 14.8 inches and 1.5 pounds and the largest white crappie was 10.9 inches and 0.6 pounds. Growth was fast for both species. Black crappie reached 8 inches in 3 years and white crappie reached 9 inches in 4 years.

Bluegill abundance was similar to 2004 and within the expected range compared to similar lakes. Bluegill ranged in length from 3  8 inches and averaged 6 inches. The largest bluegill sampled was 8 inches and 0.4 pounds. Bluegill growth was average. Bluegill reached 7 inches in 4.5 years.

Other species sampled during the survey included: black bullhead, bowfin, brown bullhead, common carp, golden shiner, pumpkinseed sunfish, white sucker, 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 B0514 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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