Crystal Lake is a 32-acre Class 36 lake located in the City of Prior Lake. The area around Crystal Lake is currently being redeveloped, changing from a primarily agricultural area to a residential area with a city park. The City of Prior Lake operates an aerator throughout the winter months to reduce the potentials or impacts of winterkill. The Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program has stocked Crystal Lake since 2007 with adult Bluegill, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike.
During the summer 2016 survey, Bluegill was the most abundant species sampled. Lengths of Bluegills ranged from 3.0-8.0 inches with an average length of 5.9 inches. Black Crappie was the second-most abundant species sampled. Black Crappie abundance was above the median for this lake type. The average length of trapnet-caught Black Crappie was 7.8 inches; the length range was 4.7-9.7 inches. Nine Northern Pike were captured with a single gill net. Total length of Northern Pike ranged from 15.2-31.9 inches with an average length of 19.2 inches.
Other species captured during the survey were Black Bullhead, hybrid sunfish, Largemouth Bass, and Pumpkinseed.
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.