Dolney is a 271 acre lake located 6 miles southwest of Emily or 6 miles east of Cross Lake in Crow Wing County. A public access is located on the northeast shore. The 2.3 mile shoreline is lightly developed, with 16 homes/cabins that are mainly seasonal. Bogs keep about one third of the shoreline from being developed. Dolney is a round, shallow lake (99.6% of the lake is 15' or less) that is heavily vegetated. The aquatic plant community consists of 21 species; the most common being the submerged species bushy pondweed and large-leaf pondweed. These plants provide food and cover needed by fish and other aquatic species. Because of its shallow depth and numerous plants, Dolney has been known to winterkill in the past. The predominant shallow water substrate is sand.Northern pike were caught in high numbers when compared to similar lakes (34.0/gill net). These results may be a little skewed due to the fact that only two nets were set, but were comparable to the 1989 survey results (33.5/gill net). The 1999 and 2001 year classes represented 52% of the catch with most of these fish measuring 17.7" to 21.3". Average length and weight were 22.2" and 2.4 lbs. with 24% of the fish being 24" or larger.Largemouth bass were sampled in both trap nets and gill nets at above average rates (1.4/trap net and 1.5/gill net). The 1997 and 1998 year classes were most abundant (79%). The average length and weight of bass sampled in trap nets was 11.8" and 1.1 lbs. These fish are slow growing and 74% were 12" or larger.Bluegill and black crappie were both sampled in high numbers. Trap net catches were 52.9/net for bluegill and 10.5/net for crappie. Bluegills averaged 5.9" with 13% being 7" or larger. Crappies average 8.7" with 64% of the fish 8" or larger. Both species were slow growing and had strong 1998 and 1999 year classes.