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Pleasant is located in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. This lake is 385 acres in size. It is approximately 38 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Pleasant.
Pleasant Lake is a 370-acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located five miles north of Underwood, MN in central Otter Tail County. Pleasant Lake is connected to Little Pleasant Lake via an unnavigable culvert under a township road along the north shoreline. The lake has a maximum depth of 38 feet; however, 64% of the lake is 15 feet or less in depth. The secchi disk reading, which is a measure of water clarity, was 10.0 feet. Previous secchi disk readings have ranged from 6.0 to 13.5 feet. The immediate watershed of Pleasant Lake consists of agricultural land interspersed with hardwood woodlots. A majority of the shoreline remains undeveloped; thirteen homes/cabins were located along the shore during the 1997 lake survey. A DNR owned concrete public access is located along the north shoreline. Shoal water substrates consist primarily of sand and gravel. Emergent aquatic plants such as hardstem bulrush and common cattail are prevalent around the entire lake. Emergent aquatic plants such as hardstem bulrush and cattail provide valuable fish and wildlife habitat, and are critical for maintaining good water quality. They protect shorelines and lake bottoms, and can actually absorb and break down polluting chemicals. Emergent plants provide spawning areas for fish such as northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish. They also serve as an important nursery area for all species of fish. Because of their ecological value, emergent plants may not be removed without a DNR permit. Pleasant Lake can be ecologically classified as a bass-panfish type of lake and this is reflected in the assemblage of the fish community. Northern pike, largemouth bass, and bluegill are the dominant fish species in Pleasant Lake. Common carp were initially documented during the 1997 survey. High water levels allowed carp to enter Pleasant Lake from either Fish or Little Pleasant Lakes. The test-net catch rate indicates that northern pike abundance is at a moderate level. Historically, northern pike abundance has fluctuated widely. Age data indicate that pike reproduction is consistently good. Northern pike size structure has increased in recent surveys. Fifty-four percent of the pike were at least 24.0 inches in length. Northern pike growth is fast; pike attain an average length of 24.6 inches at four years of age. The test-net catch rate for bluegills indicates that they are very abundant. Bluegill abundance has historically remained high. Bluegill size structure has historically remained poor. Seven percent of the bluegills in this survey were 7.0 inches or greater in length. Bluegills attain an average length of 7.2 inches at seven years of age. Data from a spring electrofishing assessment indicate that a balanced largemouth bass population exists. Age data indicate that bass reproduction is consistently good. Bass ranged in length from 2.4 to 17.1 inches with an average length and weight of 10.2 inches and 0.8 pounds. Bass attain an average length of 11.3 inches at four years of age. The test-net catch rate for walleyes indicates that walleye abundance is low. This is the lowest catch rate recorded for Pleasant Lake. Walleye ranged in length from 7.9 to 27.0 inches with an average length and weight of 19.4 inches and 2.6 pounds. Age data from recent surveys indicate that walleye natural reproduction is limited. The strongest year classes have consistently corresponded to years of walleye fingerling stocking. Walleyes attain an average length of 16.1 inches at four years of age. Anglers can maintain or improve the quality of fishing by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest encourages the release of medium to large-size fish while allowing the harvest of more abundant smaller fish for table fare. Releasing the medium to large fish will ensure that the lake will have enough spawning age fish on an annual basis and will provide anglers with more opportunities to catch large fish in the future.
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