Fish Catch Rate (Abundance) Tables


We summarized lake survey information in the tables below to show our catch rates-- one measure of fish abundances-- of four popular sportfish species in local lakes.


Information is from lakes having public access and a DNR Fisheries survey no older than 2008. When using these data, anglers should be aware 1) unlisted lakes might currently have fishable populations of a species, but our survey data is outdated and 2) high catch rates can reflect less-desirable size structures (high proportions of small fish).


For more detailed information on a particular lake's fish populations, check LakeFinder or Recent Local Fish Surveys sections of the MN DNR web site. Fish abundances in Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) lakes and ponds are not included, but detailed information for such waters in Hennepin, Carver, and Scott Counties can be found by clicking on the appropriate county link.


Bluegill* values are from trap net sampling results, while walleye and northern pike values are from gill net sampling results; black crappie* values are the larger number from either net type.  Catch rates are expressed as the average number of fish per net. (* numbers do not include related species, such as bluegill relatives pumpkinseed and sunfish hybrids or black crappie relative white crappie; anglers seeking those fish types might want to review LakeFinder data to see if related fishes boost abundances of the primarily sought species)

Largemouth bass are best sampled by boat electrofishing. We have not been able to do this sampling as frequently and intensively as net sampling, so lack enough data to provide useful catch comparisons for this species.


West Metro Fisheries Area Catch Rate Summaries By Species:


Number/Net Range Lakes [Alt. Name] (County)
6 or MoreOak
4-5.9Eagle (Hennepin), Independence, Nokomis, O'Dowd, Spring
1-3.9Bde Maka Ska (Calhoun), Bryant, Cedar (Scott), Eagle (Carver), Half Moon, Harriet, Hyland, Lake of the Isles, Lower Prior, Long, Lotus, McMahon (Carls), Medicine, Minnetonka-- all 3 basins, Parley, Riley, Sarah, Susan, Upper Prior, Waconia
0.1-0.9Bush, Cedar (Hennepin), Fish (Hennepin), Fish (Scott), Minnewashta, Virginia


                                       Northern Pike

Number/Net Range
 Lakes [Alt. Name] (County)
15 or MoreBush, Minnetonka- Lower Lake & Upper Lake, Mitchell, Lucy, Parkers, Riley, Weaver, Zumbra
10-14.9Ann, Eagle (Hennepin), Hydes, McMahon [Carls], Medicine, Minnewashta, Parley, Sarah, Starring [Staring], Susan
6-9.9Auburn, Half Moon, Harriet, Pierson [Piersons], Reitz, Snelling, Steiger [Stieger], Thole, Twin, Wasserman, Whaletail
0.1-5.9Bavaria, Bde Maka Ska (Calhoun), Bryant, Cedar (Hennepin), Dutch, Eagle (Carver), Fish (Hennepin), Fish (Scott), Independence, Lake of the Isles, Little Long, Long, Lotus, Lower Prior, Minnetonka-- North and West Bays, Nokomis, Oak, O'Dowd, Quarry, Red Rock, Spring, Spurzem [Spurzen], Upper Prior, Virginia, Waconia, Zumbra


                                     Black Crappie

Number/Net Range
 Lakes [Alt. Name] (County)
30 or MoreCedar (Scott), Eagle (Carver), Independence, Oak, Reitz, Spring, Swede, Wasserman
20-29.9Nokomis, Starring [Staring], Twin
10-19.9Bryant, Eagle (Hennepin), Half Moon, Long, Lotus, McMahon [Carls], Minnetonka-- North and West Bays, Minnewashta, Murphy, Sarah, Upper Prior, Thole, Whaletail
0.1-9.9Ann, Auburn, Bavaria, Bde Maka Ska (Calhoun), Bush, Cedar (Hennepin), Cleary, Dutch, Fish (Hennepin), Fish (Scott), Harriet, Hydes, Hyland, Lake of the Isles, Lotus, Lower Prior, Lucy, Medicine, Minnetonka-- Lower Lake and Upper Lake, Medicine, Mitchell, Little Long, O'Dowd, Parkers, Parley, Pierson [Piersons], Rebecca, Red Rock, Riley, Round, Snelling, Spurzem [Spurzen], Steiger [Stieger], Susan, Virginia, Waconia, Weaver, Zumbra



Number/Net Range
 Lakes [Alt. Name] (County)
75 or MoreCedar (Scott), Harriet, McMahon [Carls], Minnetonka-- North and West Bays, Murphy, Nokomis, Round, Steiger [Stieger], Virginia, Zumbra
51-74.9Bavaria, Fish (Scott), Little Long, Parley, Riley, Minnetonka-- Upper and Lower Lake, Twin, Wasserman, Weaver
26-50.9Ann, Auburn, Bde Maka Ska (Calhoun), Cleary, Dutch, Eagle (Carver), Eagle (Hennepin), Fish (Hennepin), Hyland, Independence, Lake of the Isles, Long, Lucy, Minnewashta, Oak, O'Dowd, Parkers, Rebecca, Sarah, Spurzem [Spurzen], Starring [Staring], Upper Prior, Waconia
0.1-25.9Bryant, Bush, Cedar (Hennepin), Half Moon, Hydes, Lotus, Lower Prior, Medicine, Mitchell, Pierson [Piersons], Quarry, Reitz, Red Rock, Snelling, Spring, Susan, Swede, Thole, Whaletail

Updated August 22, 2017 to include all 2017 survey results