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South Center

Chisago County, MN
Chisago County, MN
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South Center is located in Chisago County, Minnesota. This lake is 835 acres in size. It is approximately 109 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed and.
835 acres
LAKE SIZE
109 feet
MAX DEPTH
12.0 miles
SHORELINE
ACCESS
Boat Ramp
FISH TO CATCH
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Brown Bullhead
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Walleye
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Bluntnose Minnow
Bowfin
Carp
Common Shiner
Golden Shiner
Hybrid Sunfish
Johnny Darter
Pumpkinseed
White Sucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in South Center.
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STAY 22: South Center
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY

South Center Lake is an 835 acre lake managed primarily for Walleye and Northern Pike. The lake's stocking plan was amended in 2010. Five hundred-sixty one pounds of Walleye fingerlings are now stocked annually. The shoreline is predominately sand while the water clarity is generally low due to algae growth. The lake is a popular fishing and boating destination and receives high user pressure. The public access, though large, can be filled to capacity at times. Three hundred-thirty two lake homes make for a highly developed shoreline. During the summer of 2005, the culvert connecting North and South Center lakes was replaced with a more navigation friendly bridge, which should provide easier travel between the lakes when the water level returns to normal. In stride with the lake management plan, a standard survey was conducted utilizing night electrofishing in June and gill nets and trap nets in August of 2015.

The lake currently supports a fishable population of quality size Walleye. Walleye sampled during the assessment averaged 1.6 pounds and 16.3 inches with lengths ranging from 7.9 to 23.1 inches. One-third of the Walleye catch was 17 inches or larger.

Northern Pike were more abundant than Walleye and were also of quality size. Sampled Northern Pike averaged 5.4 pounds in weight and 28.5 inches in length. The largest pike caught was 38.9 inches. In 2003, a special Northern Pike regulation was implemented following a public input meeting. Northerns between 24 and 36 inches are protected from harvest. The regulation goal is to allow continued harvest of smaller pike while increasing the lake's potential to produce trophy-sized fish.

Largemouth Bass were very abundant and, with an 11.3 inch and 0.9 pound average, larger than in all prior assessments. Twenty seven percent of the adult bass caught exceeded 14 inches in length.

Both Bluegill and Black Crappie numbers are high for the lake type. Panfish anglers should find plenty of action but those looking for a meal may have to sort through some smaller fish. In the trap nets, both Black Crappie and Bluegill displayed gains in size compared to the previous assessment. Forty-five percent of the crappies sampled were over 8 inches while 20% of Bluegill were 7 inches or longer, harvest sizes acceptable to some anglers.

INVASIVE SPECIES
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil

Recreational activities such as recreational boating, angling, waterfowl hunting, and diving may spread aquatic invasive species. Some aquatic invasive species can attach to boats, while others can become tangled on propellers, anchor lines, or boat trailers. Many species can survive in bilge water, ballast tanks, and motors or may hide in dirt or sand that clings to nets, buckets, anchors, and waders. Fortunately, completing simple steps can prevent the transport of aquatic invasive species.
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