Lake survey information

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Throughout the current field season we will be posting preliminary results, or quick summaries of lake surveys we are conducting. Ice-out Assessments are performed with trap nets while standard Lake Surveys are with both gill and trap nets. Catches of species from standard lake surveys are shown for the indicator gear. For example: Northern Pike (NOP), Walleye (WAE), and Yellow Perch (YEP) are best sampled with gill nets, while Black Crappie (BLC) and Bluegill (BLG) are best sampled with trap nets. Please feel free to contact our office with any specific questions you may have. We will be glad to help you. E-mail Lake Survey Specialist.

 

Sauk Rapids Area Catch Rate Maps by County

 

Lakes and streams to be sampled in 2015

 

Lake Survey Summaries - 2016

Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. TL (in) Largest (in)
         
         
         
         
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Largemouth bass electrofishing summaries - 2016

Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Avg. TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

             
             
             
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Avg. TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

             
             
             
             
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Avg. TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

             
             
             
             
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Avg. TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

             
             
             

 * - lakes were sampled at night

 

Lake Survey Summaries - 2015

Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. length (in) Largest (in)

Moose (Moses) Lake (Wright)

6/15/15

BLC 1.8  8.4  10.2
   BLG  38.8 5.9 8.6
  NOP 12.3 19.4 32.4
  WAE 0.3 25.4 25.4
         

Clear Lake (Stearns)

6/22/15

BLC 17.5 8.0 11.6
  BLG  20.5 7.0 9.4
  NOP 14.8 21.5 33.8
  WAE 0.7 20.5 22.9
  YEP 2.8 6.1 7.9
         

St. Anna Lake (Stearns)

6/29/15

BLC 0.8  10.0  10.9
  BLG 38.1  6.9 9.3
  NOP 1.7 23.9 30.0
  WAE 0.7 20.5 24.0
  YEP 0.2 6.8 6.8
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. length (in) Largest (in)

King's Lake (Stearns)

7/6/15

BLC 13.0  8.1 10.6
   BLG  56.3  6.2  8.6
  NOP 3.8 23.3 32.0
  WAE 4.3 14.3 22.4
  YEP 23.2 6.4 8.5
         

Maple Lake (Wright)

7/13/15

 BLC  2.0 7.7 10.7
   BLG  23.8 5.5  8.5
  NOP 12.0 19.9 28.9
  WAE 2.4 21.0 25.2
  YEP 0.0 --- ---
         

East Lake Sylvia (Wright)

7/20/15

BLC  1.8  9.2 11.8
   BLG  13.5  5.7  8.4
  NOP 7.3 19.7 30.3
  WAE 1.5 18.9 21.7
  YEP 0.3 6.4 6.4
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. length (in) Largest (in)

West Lake Sylvia (Wright)

7/20/15

BLC  0.9  8.2  10.9
   BLG  14.0  5.6 8.0
  NOP 7.6 18.3 28.3
  WAE 1.3 18.0 24.2
  YEP 0.3 6.5 6.7
         

Big Fish Lake (Stearns)

7/27/15

BLC  1.3 9.7 12.4
   BLG  23.1  5.8 8.2
  NOP 9.7 17.4 34.9
  WAE 1.3 19.1 23.3
  YEP 0.0 --- ---
         

Lake Pulaski (Wright)

8/3/15

 BLC 0.7  7.7 16.1
   BLG  48.4 4.7 7.4
  NOP 12.8 21.3 32.2
  WAE 8.7 18.8 25.1
  YEP 2.3 6.3 6.9
         

Brigg's Lake (Sherburne)

8/10/15

 BLC 6.1  6.2 11.3
  BLG 4.2 5.8 8.5
  NOP 4.7 20.6 28.7
  WAE 4.8 15.6 26.1
   YEP  12.5  6.4 8.0
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. length (in) Largest (in)

Julia Lake (Sherburne)

8/10/15

BLC  3.7 6.7 11.5
  BLG 3.7  5.3 7.7
  NOP 7.3  19.6 30.5
  WAE 7.0 12.8 19.5
  YEP 4.3  6.6 9.1
         

Rush Lake (Sherburne)

8/10/15

BLC  5.7  6.9 10.3
  BLG 6.5 6.6 8.7
  NOP 3.8 20.7 24.6
  WAE 10.0 14.9 26.0
  YEP 11.3 6.8 9.8
         

Pleasant Lake (Stearns)

8/17/15

BLC  0.3 7.1 9.2
  BLG 6.4 5.1 8.0
  NOP 10.7 18.6 30.0
  WAE 0.5 22.5 24.7
   YEP  0.0 --- ---
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. length (in) Largest (in)

Grand Lake (Stearns)

8/17/15

BLC 1.1  8.2 12.2
  BLG 33.8 5.4 9.3
  NOP 15.9 19.0 29.3
  WAE 5.4 19.6 27.6
   YEP  0.6  7.2 8.9
         

Pearl Lake (Stearns)

8/24/15

BLC 0.9 8.8  12.1
   BLG  12.2 6.3 8.5
  NOP 15.8 20.0 37.6
  WAE 3.7 14.8 26.2
         

Goodners Lake (Stearns)

8/31/15

BLC  22.5 7.4  9.4
  BLG 25.4 6.4 8.3
  NOP 14.5 20.7 31.6
  YEP 5.2 6.3 8.3

 

Bluegill Assessments - 2015

Lake (County) Date Number Avg. length (in) Largest (in) % > 6" % > 8"

Carnelian Lake (Stearns)

5/26/15

 276 7.7 9.4 89 52

Pleasant Lake (Stearns)

5/26/15

226 6.2 8.5 56 3

Maple Lake (Wright)

5/28/15

423 6.5 9.1 68 8

Big Fish Lake (Stearns)

6/1/15

549 6.4 9.0 73 1
Lake (County) Date Number Avg. length (in) Largest (in) % > 6" % > 8"

East Lake Sylvia (Wright)

6/10/15

499 7.0 9.2 88 12

West Lake Sylvia (Wright)

6/11/15

754 6.6 9.6 77 7

Lake Pulaski (Wright)

6/11/15

622 5.3 7.6 25 0

Briggs's Chain of Lakes (Sherburne)

6/17/15 - 6/24/15

753 7.2 9.8 86

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Largemouth Bass electrofishing summaries - 2015

Largemouth (LMB) and Smallmouth Bass (SMB) are best sampled during the spring by electrofishing. With electrofishing, electricity is run through the water using an electrofishing boat to temporarily stun fish so they can be netted. Fish are then weighed, measured and released. The average catch rate of largemouth bass > 8" sampled in Sauk Rapids area lakes is 38/hour during the day and 58/hour at night.  All lakes were sampled during the day unless marked with an *. 

Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Avg. TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Maple Lake*

(Wright)

5-4-2015

LMB 115 73.5 68.4 12.1 19.9

Brigg's Lake

(Sherburne)

5-4-2015

LMB 26 22.0 21.2 13.6 16.7

Julia Lake

(Sherburne)

5-4-2015

LMB 57 58.9 58.9 15.0 17.7

Rush Lake

(Sherburne)

5/5/2015

LMB 33 21.5 20.2 14.4 18.6
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Avg. TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Lake Pulaski*

(Wright)

5/5/2015

LMB 151 132.7 130.1 13.5 18.1

West Lake Sylvia*

(Wright)

5/12/2015

LMB 196 144.2 137.5 10.7 16.4

St. Anna Lake

(Stearns)

5/15/2015

LMB 161 142.1 128.9 11.6 18.5

Pleasant Lake

(Stearns)

5/20/15

LMB 73 55.2 41.6 11.9 19.3
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Avg. TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

East Lake Sylvia*

(Wright)

 5/20/15

LMB 292 209.1 188.4 10.6 17.1

Grand Lake* (Stearns)

5/21/15

LMB 51 28.2 28.2 13.8 17.8

Moose Lake (Wright)

5/21/15

LMB 67 60.3 57.6 12.7 18.9

Goodners Lake (Stearns)

5/22/15

LMB 11 7.6 7.6 14.2 18.0
Lake (County) and date Species

Number

(N)

Number/hr

(all)

Number/hr

(LMB> 8")

Avg. TL

(in)

Largest

(in)

Clear Lake (Stearns)

5/26/15

LMB 21 14.6 12.5 13.0 19.8

Big Fish Lake* (Stearns)

5/27/15

LMB 135 79.5 68.2 10.7 17.6

* - lakes were sampled at night

 

Updated May 19, 2016