Martin County - Minnesota
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Other fish species in the lake include Bluntnose Minnow, Fathead Minnow, Freshwater Drum, Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Johnny Darter, Quillback, Spottail Shiner and White Sucker.
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History & Status of the Fishery
Sisseton is a 140 acre lake of which 100 acres are 15 feet deep or less. The lake has a maximum depth of 19.0 feet and is located within the city limits of Fairmont in Martin County. Walleye are managed primarily on the lake while yellow perch, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie are managed secondarily. Sisseton is stocked every other year with walleye fingerlings and is due to be stocked again in 2006. Presently the DNR is working with a landowner on the Northeast side of the lake to restore approximately 300 feet of shoreline to natural conditions.Results of our netting in 2005 indicated that the walleye population is similar to other lakes like Sisseton. The gill net catch rate was 4.0 walleye per net. An expected catch rate for lakes similar to Sisseton would range from 1.2 to 6.3. Lengths of walleye sampled in gill nets ranged from 10.8 to 18.0 inches and averaged 12.9 inches. Three different ages of walleye were sampled during the assessment. Two of the ages coincided with years we stocked fingerlings while one coincided with a year we stocked walleye fry.Catch rates for yellow perch appeared to be down a little from the last two assessments which were done in 2001 and 1997, however the population is still similar to other lakes like Sisseton. Lengths of yellow perch ranged from 5.9 to 10.2 inches and averaged 7.6 inches.Sisseton has a good crappie population with both white and black crappie present. An obvious difference between the two is that a white crappie has vertical lines on the body where a black crappie doesn't. Lengths of crappie sampled in our trap nets ranged from 3.1 to 11.0 inches and aveaged about 9.4 inches. Four different ages of crappie were sampled during the 2005 assessment.The bluegill trap net catch rate of 2.6 was below the typical range of 7.5 to 62.5 fish per net we would expect for lakes similar to Sisseton. There were some very nice bluegill captured in our nets however. Lengths ranged from 3.3 to 9.2 inches and the average weight was 0.5 pounds. Six different ages of bluegill were captured in trap nets indicating that they have good reproductive success.This was the first time since 1997 channel catfish were sampled in trap nets in Sisseton. Lengths of channel catfish ranged from 19.5 to 25.8 inches and averaged 4.4 pounds. Six of the fish aged were eight years old while one fish was nine years of age.Other species sampled included largemouth bass, black bullheads, freshwater drum, carp, yellow bullheads, white suckers, and golden shiners.To promote and maintain healthy fish populations, pollution and other inputs need to be controlled. Fish habitats are directly affected by water quality. Nutrient, sediment and other inputs can drastically alter the biological, chemical, and physical components of a lake. It is paramount to maintain if not improve the current water quality of Sisseton Lake through watershed management to preserve this fishery for future generations to enjoy.
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