2007 Other Fish Assessments

To evaluate populations and stocking success, we netted Lake Independence for muskellunge in early spring; walleye were also sampled.

Lake (County) DateSpeciesNumber CaughtAverage length (in)Max length (in)
Independence (Hennepin)
4/15-19/07
Muskellunge
  Walleye
24
90
41.5
22.2
48.5
29.7

 

While not found in LakeFinder, this mid-summer sampling of Lake Independence was made using the same methods and locations as a typical lake survey; the results can be used for historic comparisons.

Lake
(County)
Date
Fish SpeciesNo. per netAverage Length (in)Max. Length (in)
Independence
(Hennepin)
Muskellunge0.841.548.5
7/23/07Black
Crappie
22.26.89.5
Bluegill1355.08.5

 

During autumn 2007, we conducted electrofishing in lakes Waconia (Sept. 26) and Minnetonka (Oct. 24) to find evidence of walleye natural reproduction. No young-of-the-year walleye were found at either lake, corroborating other samples and reports of minimal natural reproduction in these waters.