Lake survey highlights from Cross Lake, Pokegama Lake

A carved eagle looks out over Cross Lake.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released 2018 lake survey highlights, with some of the notable results from electrofishing, gill netting, and trap netting surveys conducted in the summer of 2018 on local lakes.

Cross Lake

Netting showed low numbers of Walleye, Northern Pike, and Bluegill, which is typical for this lake. Sizes of these species were good, with Northern Pike averaging 3.7 pounds and 25 inches. Bluegill averaged 7 inches, with lengths up to 9 inches. The Black Crappie catch was above average for this lake type, with good numbers of 7-8 inch fish that should provide a good catch in the next couple of years. The Snake River flows through Cross Lake, adding river species such as Lake Sturgeon and Channel Catfish to the lake’s fish population.

Pokegama Lake

Also connected to the Snake River, this lake had its highest recorded catch of Channel Catfish in 2018, with many good sized individuals present. Fall electrofishing for Walleye found evidence of some natural reproduction, although this species is maintained in the lake by alternate year fingerling stocking. There was a significant kill of Freshwater Drum following ice out in 2018, but this was not reflected in the trap net catch of 7.9/net, well above average for this lake type. The catch of Common Carp was higher than in recent surveys, but within historical range for this lake.

For more detailed information, check the LakeFinder at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Did you know?

There are three native species of lamprey in the St. Croix, Kettle, and Snake river systems. These are smaller than invasive Sea Lampreys and have co-existed with other fish for thousands of years. They do not cause widespread damage to fish populations

Find out more

The DNR Information Center can help answer questions. To get in touch with a conservation officer, learn what to do about injured or nuisance wildlife, learn to manage your shoreline for water quality and more call 888-646-6367(888-MINNDNR) or email info.dnr@state.mn.us.

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