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Crystal

Hennepin County, MN
Hennepin County, MN
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Crystal is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. This lake is 79 acres in size. It is approximately 39 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.
79 acres
LAKE SIZE
39 feet
MAX DEPTH
9 feet
AVG DEPTH
1.6 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
Carp
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Hybrid Sunfish
Pumpkinseed
White Sucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Crystal.
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STAY 22: Crystal
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY

Crystal Lake is located in Robbinsdale with city parks on the north and south ends of the lake. Both parks provide shorefishing opportunities, and a fishing pier is located on the northern end of the lake. Boaters can access Crystal Lake at the public access on the southern end of the lake. Crystal Lake is primarily a panfish lake, and has been stocked with tiger muskellunge fingerlings every 2 to 4 years since 1994, most recently in 2001. The city of Robbinsdale maintains winter aerators to prevent winterkill, and has been working to reduce storm water input to Crystal Lake to improve the water quality. In addition, a shoreline restoration is planned in 2005 on the northern end of the lake. Small panfish dominate the fish community at Crystal Lake. Bluegills were sampled at an abundance above the 75th percentile for this lake type and were smaller than average. Bluegills had a mean length of 4.8 inches, and the largest individual was 6.9 inches. Black crappie abundance was lower than in previous surveys, but numbers were still above average when compared to similar lakes. The mean length of black crappies sampled was 6.1 inches, and only one fish larger than 8 inches was sampled. Northern pike were the most abundant predator species sampled in survey nets, but were less abundant than during the previous survey. The catch of 2.8 northern pike per gill net is just above the 25th percentile for class 30 lakes. The mean length and weight were 27.8 inches and 5.6 pounds. Four year-classes of northern pike were represented in the survey, ages 4 to 7. The average age of the northern pike sampled increased from 3.0 in 1998 to 5.3 in 2004. During the 1998 survey it was noted that historical northern pike spawning areas on the southern end of the lake had been filled, and the area converted to ball fields. Four tiger muskellunge from the 2001 stocking were sampled in gill nets, an average abundance of 0.67 fish per net. The tiger muskellunge had a mean length and weight of 29.3 inches and 6.6 pounds. Tiger muskellunge are a cross between a male northern pike and a female muskellunge. Largemouth bass were present in the trap net samples representing 3 year-classes. Growth rates were average.Important prey species in Crystal Lake are golden shiners and yellow perch. Golden shiners were the most abundant forage species. Yellow perch were also abundant, and were present in gill nets at a level just below the third quartile. The yellow perch sampled in gill nets had a mean length of 6.5 inches; growth was average.Yellow bullhead, white sucker, pumpkinseed sunfish, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, and one 18.1-inch walleye were also present in net samples. Eighteen painted turtles, 8 snapping turtles, and 1 exotic eastern slider turtle were sampled.For more information about the FiN program or to see what FiN has done in your neighborhood, please visit us at: www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/fin.

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