Recent West Metro lake survey summaries

Updated: April 19, 2019

2019 spring sampling

Soon after ice-out, we sampled Steiger Lake, with a Special Regulation of Catch-and-Release only for largemouth bass and northern pike, to check sizes of those species. Results are from 15 net lifts at 10 locations.

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Lake (County) DateSpeciesNumberAvg. length (in)Length range (in)
Steiger [Stieger, Victoria] (Carver) Apr 15-17, 2019Northern Pike 18223.116.7 - 31.5
Largemouth Bass 21516.2 6.6 - 19.5
1  None over 32 inches, three fish over 30 inches, majority 18-23 inches.         2 None over 20 inches, twelve fish over 15 inches, majority 16-19 inches.

2018 preliminary sampling

Preliminary summaries of recent sampling not yet posted on LakeFinder.  First table is for lake surveys.

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Lake (County) DateSpeciesNumber/netAvg. length (in)Max. length (in)
Hyland (Hennepin)
6/4/18
Black Bullhead9.510.115.3
Black Crappie397.08.5
Bluegill965.77.2
Walleye5.018.123.6
Twin (Hennepin)
6/11/18
Black Bullhead1017.410.0
Black Crappie146.27.2
Bluegill635.07.0
Northern Pike4.725.533.9
Walleye0.220.720.7
Christmas (Hennepin)
6/25/18
Black Crappie0.37.810.4
Bluegill365.98.4
Northern Pike7.220.229.1
Long (Hennepin)
7/1/18
Black Crappie148.39.6
Bluegill165.78.9
Northern Pike1.322.934.2
Walleye2.318.822.4
Weaver (Hennepin)
7/9/18
Black Crappie125.610.8
Bluegill465.07.9
Northern Pike6.524.735.0
Hybrid (Tiger) Muskie0.523.128.2
Yellow Bullhead2710.414.2
Eagle (Carver)
7/16/18
Black Crappie1986.910.7
Bluegill125.79.9
Northern Pike4.228.734.7
Walleye1.818.221.6
Yellow Perch8.27.99.5
Upper Prior (Scott)
7/16/18
Black Crappie137.89.6
Bluegill355.99.1
Northern Pike3.226.730.7
Walleye2.821.826.6
Lower Prior (Scott)
7/19/18
Black Crappie8.08.311.4
Bluegill235.09.3
Northern Pike3.521.028.4
Walleye1.420.026.4
Nokomis (Hennepin)
7/25/18
Black Crappie146.88.9
Bluegill465.87.9
Hybrid (Tiger) Muskie0.223.423.5
Walleye5.218.926.2
Spring (Scott)
7/30/18
Black Crappie357.49.8
Bluegill8.36.07.5
Walleye6.321.326.4
Yellow Bullhead3811.114.9
Yellow Perch376.88.5
Thole (Scott)
8/6/18
Black Bullhead318.713.0
Bluegill145.08.0
Northern Pike5.723.833.5
Wirth (Hennepin)
8/7/18
Black Crappie318.713.0
Bluegill145.08.0
Largemouth Bass1.06.78.5

2018 bass electrofishing

We sampled a portion of surveyed lakes with electrofishing, which uses a specialized boat to run electricity through the water, to target largemouth bass. These are preliminary summary results. Once a lake's survey is posted on LakeFinder, final bass-sampling results will be included in the lake's report.

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Lake (County) DateSpeciesNumber/hourAvg. length (in) / % over 15 inchesMax. length (in)
Hyland (Hennepin) 5/15/18Largemouth12112.6 / 24%20.3
Weaver (Hennepin) 5/16/18Largemouth7311.0 / 43%20.0
Christmas (Hennepin) 5/17/18Largemouth8110.3 / 4%18.6

2018 spring sampling

Soon after ice-out, we sampled Weaver Lake to check sizes of northern pike. Results are from 20 net lifts at 10 locations.

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Lake (County) DateSpeciesNumberAvg. length (in)Length range (in)
Weaver (Hennepin) May 2-3, 2018Northern Pike 13320.08.7 - 33.1
Hybrid (Tiger) Muskellunge116.9N/A
1  None over 36 inches, three fish over 32 inches, seven fish over 30 inches, majority 20-25 inches.