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Fishing from shore at the Whiskey Ditch outlet


Fishing on The Grade facing Sunset Bay

 

Fishing from a boat in Sunset Bay

 Fishing from shore on The Grade
Fish Stocked in Lake Okabena
ADL - Adults
FGL - Fingerlings
FRY - Fry
YRL - Yearlings

This data was provided by the state fisheries office in Windom.

These fish may or may not have been raised in the local rearing ponds along Worthmore Street.

Fish Sampled for the 2010 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range(lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.58 1.3 - 78.1 1.05 0.2 - 0.6
  Gill net 0.67 4.6 - 83.0 0.48 0.2 - 0.6
Black Crappie Trap net 8.83 1.0 - 12.3 0.38 0.2 - 0.5
  Gill net 5.00 0.8 - 11.1 0.43 0.2 - 0.4
Bluegill Trap net 6.33 1.0 - 14.9 0.35 0.2 - 0.4
  Gill net 1.00 N/A 0.40 N/A
Channel Catfish Trap net 0.67 N/A 2.27 N/A
  Gill net 43.00 N/A 1.40 N/A
Common Carp Trap net 3.25 0.7 - 5.1 6.89 2.3 - 5.6
  Gill net 0.33 0.5 - 9.1 9.37 1.0 - 4.9
Freshwater Drum Trap net 0.08 0.4 - 4.0 0.06 0.5 - 1.7
Golden Shiner Trap net 5.42 0.2 - 1.0 0.10 0.1 - 0.1
  Gill net 1.00 0.1 - 0.7 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 2.08 N/A 0.28 N/A
  Gill net 3.33 N/A 0.14 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.17 0.1 - 0.8 0.05 0.4 - 1.5
Northern Pike Gill net 0.33 1.2 - 7.8 2.92 1.5 - 3.0
Pumpkinseed Trap net 0.75 0.4 - 4.5 0.37 0.1 - 0.3
Walleye Trap net 3.42 0.3 - 1.7 0.75 0.9 - 2.4
  Gill net 14.67 3.2 - 15.3 0.58 0.9 - 1.9
White Crappie Trap net 0.25 0.5 - 15.9 0.19 0.2 - 0.5
  Gill net 0.33 0.8 - 11.0 0.48 0.2 - 0.4
White Sucker Trap net 2.42 0.3 - 1.3 2.82 1.3 - 2.6
  Gill net 1.67 0.8 - 5.9 2.42 1.4 - 2.2
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.08 0.3 - 2.6 0.22 0.1 - 0.3
  Gill net 24.67 3.0 - 22.5 0.35 0.1 - 0.4
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2010 Survey Year

Species Number of fish caught in each category (inches)
0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30+ Total
black bullhead 1 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 9
black crappie 3 101 16 0 0 0 0 0 121
bluegill 10 67 2 0 0 0 0 0 79
channel catfish 0 0 0 14 121 1 1 0 137
common carp 0 0 0 0 3 25 12 0 40
freshwater drum 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
golden shiner 12 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 68
hybrid sunfish 17 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 35
largemouth bass 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
pumpkinseed 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
walleye 0 0 48 30 4 2 0 0 85
white crappie 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4
white sucker 0 0 0 1 27 6 0 0 34
yellow perch 0 54 30 0 0 0 0 0 87


Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2013 Walleye fry 754,188 6.0
2012 Walleye fry 751,000 7.1
2010 Walleye fry 751,910 7.3
2009 Walleye fry 751,158 5.9
2007 Walleye fry 752,722 7.4
2006 Walleye fry 752,076 6.9
2004 Channel Catfish fingerlings 18,719 91.0
  Walleye fry 791,471 7.2

Privately Stocked Fish
* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

Stocking Fish Sizes
Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.
Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.
Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.
Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.

 


The lake has been aerated each winter since 1981.


Typical Fish caught in Lake Okabena are: Perch, Crappies, Walley. Sunfish, Bluegills,
Northern, Large Mouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Bullhead.


 

More information on Lake Okabena is available on the Minnesota DNR web site. Use the Lake Finder facility located at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/index.html. Enter "okabena" as the lake name to dispaly the options



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