Kittson County - Minnesota
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Other fish species in the lake include Brook Stickleback, Central Mudminnow, Chestnut Lamprey, Common Shiner, Fathead Minnow, Golden Shiner, Johnny Darter, Northern Redbelly Dace, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Tadpole Madtom and White Sucker.
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History & Status of the Fishery
Lake Bronson, in Kittson County, is a 335-acre reservoir located approximately 1.5 miles SW of the city of Lake Bronson in northwestern Minnesota. Lake Bronson is part of the Two Rivers watershed, and was created in 1936 by damming the South Branch of the Two Rivers. Lake Bronson is located within Lake Bronson state park and is the only fishing lake in Kittson County. There is a concrete boat ramp, canoe access, and two fishing piers available within the state park.
Walleye is the primary species of management interest for Lake Bronson and have been stocked regularly since 1945. A population assessment in 2016 indicates a healthy population of Walleye inhabits Lake Bronson with eight year-classes present. Walleye gill net catch rates were 2.78 per lift and are within the normal range for lakes similar to Lake Bronson. The average length of Walleye sampled in 2016 was 16.4 inches, weighing 1.8 pounds on average. The largest Walleye sampled in 2016 was 24.7 inches long. Walleye have good growth rates in Lake Bronson and will provide anglers the opportunity to catch quality-sized fish.
Black Crappie trap net catch rates were 1.6 fish per lift in 2016 and are down from 2013 (8.4 fish per lift) but within the normal range for lakes similar to Lake Bronson. Average length of Black Crappie was 9.8 inches, with the largest individual being 12.6 inches. Age analysis indicated that over 50% of the sampled were of the 2013 year-class. Black Crappie abundance often fluctuates, and is common to be dominated by one or two year-classes. In Lake Bronson, a self-sustaining population is in place and when environmental conditions are optimal, strong year-classes will contribute to a fishable population.
Since 2006, Northern Pike gill net catch rates have remained below 3.0 fish per lift, while the overall size structure continues to improve. Catch rates in 2016 were 2.3 fish per lift, with an average length of 21 inches. The largest Northern Pike sampled was 26.8 inches in length.
Yellow Perch catch rates were 24.0 fish per lift; a decrease from 2013 (50.8 fish per lift). Average Yellow Perch length was 7.7 inches and ranged from 5.1 inches to 10.4 inches. Over 40% of the Yellow Perch sampled were 8 inches or greater and should provide plenty of action for perch anglers. Lastly, numerous Yellow Perch were sampled ranging from 2.5 to 3 inches that should contribute to the fishery as prey for Walleye and Northern Pike.