Sauk Rapids Area Fisheries

Fishing


Lake survey information

   

ElectrofishingElectrofishing at night

Gill nettingSetting a gill net

   

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 2017

 Ice-Out Assessment Summary - 2017

Lake (County) Date Species Number Avg. TL (in) Largest (in)
East Lake Sylvia (Wright) - 3/24 - 4/7/17 BLC 75 9.5 14.3
  NOP 454 19.1 35.5
  WAE 18 20.7 27.3
         
West Lake Sylvia (Wright) - 3/24 - 4/7/17
BLC 175 9.6 14.7
  NOP 677 18.9 36.4
  WAE 20 22.5 29.4

 

Largemouth Bass electrofishing - May 11 - 30, 2017

Lake (County) and date

Species

Number (N)

Number/hr (all)

Number/hr (LMB> 8")

Avg. TL (in)

Largest (in)

Big Lake (Stearns) 5/11/17  LMB 302 179.0 142.3 10.4 19.3
Beaver Lake (Stearns) 5/12/17 LMB 121 133.8 86.3 10.5 19.4
Bass Lake (Wright) 5/15/17 LMB 157 83.2 79.0 12.8 18.5
Lake (County) and date

Species

Number (N)

Number/hr (all)

Number/hr (LMB> 8")

Avg. TL (in)

Largest (in)

Ramsey Lake* (Wright) 5/15/17 LMB 155 91.2 56.5 12.1 19.2
Lake Mary (86-156; Wright) 5/16/17 LMB 105 83.0 56.1 12.6 21.1
Big Lake (Sherburne) 5/19/17 LMB 60 49.6 41.3 11.1 18.3
Lake (County) and date

Species

Number (N)

Number/hr (all)

Number/hr (LMB> 8")

Avg. TL (in)

Largest (in)

Mitchell Lake (Sherburne) 5/19/17 LMB 80 59.0 54.6 13.7 19.6
Indian Lake (Wright) 5/22/17 LMB 333 125.9 103.2 11.6 21.1
Limestone Lake (Wright) 5/23/17 LMB 61 21.0 13.1 9.6 17.0
Lake (County) and date

Species

Number (N)

Number/hr (all)

Number/hr (LMB> 8")

Avg. TL (in)

Largest (in)

Pleasant Lake (Stearns) 5/24/17 LMB 105 52.3 47.9 14.3 19.6
Lake Mary (86-193; Wright) 5/25/17 LMB 125 76.8 60.2 11.3 19.3
Lake Charlotte (Wright) 5/26/17 LMB 66 33.0 32.0 13.0 18.9
Little Elk Lake (Sherburne) 5/30/17 LMB 56 33.5 30.5 11.3 19.4

 * - lakes were sampled at night

Potential Bluegill Assessments - 2017

Lake (County) Date Number Avg. length (in) Largest (in) % > 6" % > 8"
Pleasant Lake (Wright)          
           
Big Lake (Stearns)          
           
Lake (County) Date Number Avg. length (in) Largest (in) % > 6" % > 8"
Big Lake (Sherburne)          
           
Mitchell Lake (Sherburne)          
           
 Lake (County) Date Number
Avg. length (in) Largest (in) % > 6" % > 8"
Ramsey Lake (Wright)          
           
Lake Charlotte (Wright)          
           
Little Elk Lake (Sherburne)          

 

Lake Survey Schedule - 2017

Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. TL (in) Largest (in)
Beaver Lake (Stearns) - 6/19/17        
         
Bass Lake (Wright) - 6/26/17        
         
Limestone Lake (Wright) - 7/10/17        
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. TL (in) Largest (in)
Ramsey Lake (Wright) - 7/17/17        
         
Little Elk Lake (Sherburne) - 7/24/17        
         
Lake Charlotte (Wright) - 7/24/17        
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. TL (in) Largest (in)
Big Lake (Sherburne) - 7/31/17        
         
Mitchell Lake (Sherburne) - 7/31/17        
         
Pleasant Lake (Wright) - 7/31/17        
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. TL (in) Largest (in)
Big Lake (Stearns) - 8/7/17        
         
Lake Mary (86-0193; Wright) - 8/7/17        
         
Lake Mary (86-0156; Wright) - 8/14/17        
         
Lake (County) Date Species Number/net Avg. TL (in) Largest (in)
Indian Lake (Wright) - 8/21/17        
         
Pearl Lake (Stearns) - 8/28/17        
         

 

  

Updated June 1, 2017