Hutchinson Area Darkhouse Spearing Prospectus

Winter 2019-2020

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LakeSurvey YearCPUE
(#/gillnet)
Average Weight (pounds)AcresPercent Littoral (acres under 15 ft)Average Annual Secchi (feet)Notes
Allie20190.562.88510100%3.33Little if any spearing pressure, few Northern Pike present
Arville2018

13.5

2.88138100%

5.6

Some spearing, winter clarity variable
Belle20135.173.486444%5.64Some spearing, winter clarity variable
Betsy20176.02.415458%4.6Accessing Betsy requires travel down a river, which can be dangerous during winter
Big Swan20168.62.368449%4.1Moderate amount of spearing, lake usually clear
Big Wolf201535.52.2262100%2.5Winterkill in 2014, heavy spear pressure most winters, clarity usually good
Cedar20186.83.21860100%unknownSome spearing, winter clarity usually not good enough
Clear (Gibbon)19880.51.650599%3.6Adult Northern Pike stocked in December of 2016, 2017 and 2018. Spearing should improve with a habitat restoration to reset the fish community, re-establishing clear water and Northern Pike.
Clear (New Ulm)20160.00.0251100%1.42Northern Pike stocked in December 2017 and 2018 to establish naturally reproducing population
Clear (Watkins)201723.72.352991%6.2Moderate to heavy amount of spearing, lake usually clear
Collinwood20186.02.763555%7.3Some spearing, winter clarity variable
Dunns20182.832.6715156%2.42Some spearing, winter clarity variable
Erie20141.24.418943%5.2Low numbers of Northern Pike, but large fish present, clarity can be variable
Francis201515.220.85105383%6.94High numbers of small stunted Northern Pike, a few larger fish present, but clarity excellent
French201811.52.04283%unknownSome spearing, winter clarity usually good, walk in access only
Greenleaf20178.673.8623875%1.97Moderate amount of spearing, lake usually clear enough but can be dirty
Hanska20170.21.12179598%2Low numbers of Northern Pike, but large fish present 
Hoff20197.332.7213999%2.43Moderate amount of spearing some years, clarity usually good enough
Hook201515.82.132998%8.7Moderate amount of spearing, clarity can be variable, partial winterkill in 2019
Jennie201812.562.191064100%13.44Spearing pressure can be heavy, clarity very good in recent years, but variable in past
Little Mud20090.00.03767%2.8Northern Pike not present
Little Swan20137.173.565139%3.61Lake is usually not clear enough to spear
Long (Dassel)201810.82.816864%9.5Lake is usually not clear enough to spear
Long (Grove City)20140.00.0787100%2.0Northern pike stocked in December 2016, 2017 and 2018. Moderate spearing most years, but clarity can be an issue
Manuella20195.53.6929039%7.38Some spearers every year, clarity usually good
Marion20190.83.8520100%0.2Occasional spearing, but lake is usually too dirty, significant NOP summerkill in 2013
Minne Belle201710.893.3259429%10.82Spearers must avoid 24-36" Northern Pike protected slot limit, clarity excellent
Otter/Campbell20125.92.3641100%unknownLittle if any spearing pressure, clarity is poor most years
Peterson (Grove City)19914.75/trap net1.9135100%unknownOccasional spearing, but clarity can be variable
Preston20195.42.3654100%4.65Some spearing, clarity good in recent years, but can be dirty
Redwood Res.2006.22/.98 trap net3.04561%unknown 
Richardson20182.174.2911938%5.78Occasional spearing, clarity can be variable
Ripley20155.11.961476%unknownModerate amount of spearing most years, clarity usually good enough
Round   266100%5.1Winterkill in 2014, moderate spearing pressure most years, clarity usually good
Round Grove19870.331.9295100%3.87No Northern Pike in recent past (last 20 years)
Schilling20098.0/trap net3.1763100%1.0Some spearing, clarity can be variable, long history of winterkill so fish populations can fluctuate greatly
Silver (McLeod)20150.00.047294% No Northern Pike
Silver (Sibley)19940.00.064599%2.4No Northern Pike
Sleepy Eye201693.0624085%4.65Moderate to heavy amount of spearing and good clarity in last couple of years, biennially stocked with pike fry
Spring201810.53.020381%8.4Moderate amount of spearing some years, winter clarity is variable
Stahls201810.02.214160%1.5Some spearing, but clarity can be variable
Star201716.52.6455699%3.18Following 2014 winterkill winter clarity became excellent and pike surged in abundance
Stella20192.34.859638%5.1Some spearers every year, clarity usually good
Swan201600351100%1.64Little or no spearing activity, Northern Pike are not observed in net catches
Thompson20130.00.0226100%1.0Winterkill in 2014, 2019; no Northern Pike for many years – lake managed as Walleye rearing-pond
Titlow20120.1/trap net1.3821100%1.6Probably winterkilled in 2014, limited spearing, winter clarity usually not good enough
Union20176.52.979329%4.08 
Washington20190.674.31243493%5.44Limited spearing, winter clarity usually not good enough
Willie20168.171.4919163%0.27Some spearing, clarity variable
Winsted20157.12.0382100%2.88Moderate spearing pressure, clarity usually good

Winter 2016-2017

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LakeSurvey YearCPUE (#/gillnet)Average Weight (pounds)AcresPercent Littoral (acres under 15 ft)Average Annual Secchi (feet)Notes
Allie20151.672.59510100%3.33Little if any spearing pressure, few Northern Pike present
Arville200962138100%5.6Some spearing, winter clarity variable
Belle20137.173.1386444%5.64Some spearing, winter clarity variable
Betsy20123.32.415458%4.6Accessing Betsy requires travel down a river, which can be very dangerous during winter
Big Swan20139.42.068449%4.1Moderate amount of spearing, lake usually clear
Big Wolf201535.52.2262100%2.5Winterkill in 2014, heavy spear pressure most winters, clarity usually good
Cedar20085.23.71860100%unknownSome spearing, winter clarity usually not good enough
Clear (Gibbon)19880.51.650599%3.6No Northern Pike in recent past, broodstock (126 fish) introduced December 2016
Clear (New Ulm)20110.00.0251100%1.42Northern Pike not present, broodstock scheduled to be introduced in December 2017?
Clear (Watkins)20132.63.552991%6.2Moderate to heavy amount of spearing, lake usually clear
Collinwood20145.82.363555%7.3Some spearing, winter clarity variable
Dunns200834.315156%2.42Some spearing, winter clarity variable
Erie20141.24.418943%5.2Low numbers of Northern Pike, but large fish present clarity can be variable
Francis201515.220.85105383%6.94High numbers of small stunted Northern Pike a few larger fish present, but clarity excellent
French20084.51.84283%unknownSome spearing, winter clarity usually good, walk in access only
Goose198812.5119100%3.41No Northern Pike - no public access
Greenleaf201211.52.4923875%1.97Moderate amount of spearing, lake usually clear enough but can be dirty
Hanska20120.42.36179598%2Low numbers of Northern Pike, but large fish present
High Island20160.00.01340100%unknownNorthern Pike not sampled in recent nettings, numbers pulled from a targeted survey
Hoff200411.332.5813999%2.43Moderate amount of spearing some years, clarity usually good enough
Hook201515.82.132998%8.7Moderate amount of spearing, clarity can be variable
Hope20049.33.7274100%1.8No public access
Jennie20147.442.791064100%13.44Spearing pressure can be heavy, clarity very good in recent years, but variable in past
Little Mud20090.00.03767%2.8Northern Pike not present
Little Swan20137.173.565139%3.61Lake is usually not clear enough to spear
Long (Dassel)201314.72.816864%9.5Lake is usually not clear enough to spear
Long (Grove City)20140.00.0787100%2.0Winterkill 2014 broodstock (127 fish) NOP stocked in Dec 2016, moderate spearing most years, but clarity can be an issue
Manuella20146.172.3929039%7.38Some spearers every year, clarity usually good
Marion20150.13.6520100%0.2Occasional spearing, but lake is usually too dirty, significant NOP summerkill in 2013
Minne Belle201013.442.8459429%10.8224-36" Northern Pike protected slot limit, clarity excellent, little spearing since regulation started in 2003
Otter/Campbell20125.92.3641100%unknownLittle if any spearing pressure, clarity is poor most years
Peterson (Grove City)19914.75 /trap net1.9135100%unknownOccasional spearing, but clarity can be variable
Preston20153.12.0654100%4.65Some spearing, clarity good in recent years, but can be dirty
Redwood Res.2006.22 /.98 trap net3.04561%unknown 
Richardson20082.174.7511938%5.78Occasional spearing, clarity can be variable
Ripley20155.11.961476%unknownModerate amount of spearing most years, clarity usually good enough
Round (Meeker) 1984 14.75 2.49266100%5.1Winterkill in 2014, moderate spearing pressure most years, clarity usually good
Round Grove19870.331.9295100%3.87No Northern Pike in recent past (last 20 years)
Schilling20098.0/trap net3.1763100%1.0Some spearing, clarity can be variable ,long history of winterkill so fish populations can fluctuate greatly
Silver (McLeod)20150.00.047294% No Northern Pike
Silver (Sibley)19940.00.064599%2.4No Northern Pike
Sleepy Eye20112.53.0724085%4.65Moderate to heavy amount of spearing and good clarity in last couple of years, annually stocked with pike fry
Spring201329.02.420381%8.4Moderate amount of spearing some years, winter clarity is variable
Stahls20086.32.914160%1.5Some spearing, but clarity can be variable
Star20135.673.8755699%3.18Following 2014 winterkill winter clarity became excellent, heavy spearing pressure last 2 years
Stella20144.43.859638%5.1Some spearers every year, clarity usually good
Swan201200351100%1.64No spearing, Northern Pike are no longer present
Thompson20130.00.0226100%1.0Winterkill in 2014, No Northern Pike for many years - Lake managed as Walleye rearing pond
Titlow20150.1/trap net1.3821100%1.6Probably winterkilled in 2014, limited spearing, winter clarity usually not good enough
Union2012102.819329%4.08 
Washington20143.472.78243493%5.44Limited spearing, winter clarity usually not good enough
Willie20130.831.8519163%0.27Some spearing, clarity variable
Winsted20157.12.0382100%2.88Moderate spearing pressure, clarity usually good