Status of the Fishery (as of 06/25/2007)
Little Bass Lake is a small, relatively clear lake near Cohasset, MN. Previous assessments indicated that northern pike and panfish were the primary game fish species in Little Bass Lake. A fisheries population assessment was conducted on Little Bass Lake in June of 2007 to assess the status of the fish community.
In 2007, northern pike were the most common game fish in the gill net and were captured at a rate of 3.3/gill net, which is within the expected range for lakes of this type. Size distribution was favorable as 75% of the individuals exceeded 21 inches and 10% exceeded 28 inches.
Bluegill were the most common fish in the trap net. The catch of 25.1/trap net was about average when compared to similar lakes. Typical size was relatively small, as fewer than 20% exceeded 6 inches. Black crappies were caught at an average rate compared to similar lakes. Size distribution was good as 87% of the captured individuals exceeded 8 inches.
Walleye typically occur in low densities in Little Bass and similar lakes. The current assessment failed to capture walleye in the gill nets and captured only one in the trap nets. Largemouth bass were also captured in low numbers. Test netting often result in a poor index of bass abundance, however, as bass are typically under represented in the catch.
Tullibee, yellow perch, and white sucker are important prey species in Little Bass Lake. Tullibee were the most common fish in the gill net and occurred in average numbers. Yellow perch were sampled in low numbers from the gill net and average numbers from the trap net. White sucker were sampled in low numbers.
Brown and yellow bullhead, and pumpkinseed were sampled in relatively low numbers and rock bass were sampled in average numbers.
The protection of water quality and habitat is critical in maintaining or improving fish and wildlife populations. Unfortunately, human activities often negatively impact our lakes. Fertilized turf-grass lawns and failing septic systems along with the removal of shoreline and aquatic vegetation, mowing to the shore, and installing sand blanket beaches result in destabilized shorelines, uncontrolled erosion, and increased run-off, contributing excess nutrients and sediment to the lake and degrading water quality and habitat. By understanding the cumulative impacts of our actions and taking steps to avoid or minimize them, we can help insure our quality water resources can be enjoyed well into the future. Anglers can further help insure quality fishing by practicing selective harvest and catch and release.
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