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Buffalo

Wright County, MN
Wright County, MN
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Buffalo is located in Wright County, Minnesota. This lake is 1,552 acres in size. It is approximately 33 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, White Crappie, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed,.
1,551 acres
LAKE SIZE
33 feet
MAX DEPTH
14 feet
AVG DEPTH
6.3 miles
SHORELINE
ACCESS
Boat Ramp
FISH TO CATCH
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Brown Bullhead
Channel Catfish
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
White Crappie
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Bigmouth Buffalo
Bowfin
Carp
Fathead Minnow
Golden Redhorse
Golden Shiner
Hybrid Sunfish
Johnny Darter
Mimic Shiner
Pumpkinseed
Shorthead Redhorse
Silver Redhorse
Spottail Shiner
Tadpole Madtom
White Sucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Buffalo.
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HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY

Buffalo Lake is located in Wright County, within the city limits of Buffalo. It has a surface area of 1,552 acres and a maximum depth of 33 feet. The watershed is large and dominated by agriculture and development. The lake is a popular destination for angling and other recreation. Mill Creek runs through Buffalo Lake and connects to the North Fork Crow River. There are three public accesses: in the northwest corner, Sturgis Park in the northeast, and in the southeast near the Mink Lake inlet. Invasive plants include curly leaf pondweed (typically a nuisance in the spring and early summer) and widespread Eurasian watermilfoil. Water quality is poor, few plant species were found and plant growth is limited to shallow water. The previous lake survey was in 2003.

The Walleye gillnet catch in 2013 was within the expected range of values for lakes similar to Buffalo, but down from the previous two surveys. Walleye were relatively large, ranging in length from 15.1 to 27.1 inches with an average length and weight of 20.3 inches and 3.0 lbs. Forty three percent of Walleye were longer than 21 inches. Growth was fast; Walleye average over 20 inches at age five. Natural reproduction is limited and Walleye fry are stocked every other year.

Northern Pike catch rates have declined since 1999, but are still in the expected range for similar lakes. Northern pike lengths ranged from 17.9 to 40.0 inches with an average length and weight of 24.0 inches and 3.1 pounds. Forty five percent of Northern Pike were longer than 24 inches. Growth was fast; Northern Pike averaged between 24 and 26 inches at age five.

Buffalo Lake is located in Wright County, within the city limits of Buffalo. It has a surface area of 1,552 acres and a maximum depth of 33 feet. The watershed is large and dominated by agriculture and development. The lake is a popular destination for angling and other recreation. Mill Creek runs through Buffalo Lake and connects to the North Fork Crow River. There are three public accesses: in the northwest corner, Sturgis Park in the northeast, and in the southeast near the Mink Lake inlet. Invasive plants include curly leaf pondweed (typically a nuisance in the spring and early summer) and widespread Eurasian watermilfoil. Water quality is poor, few plant species were found and plant growth is limited to shallow water. The previous lake survey was in 2003.

The Walleye gillnet catch in 2013 was within the expected range of values for lakes similar to Buffalo, but down from the previous two surveys. Walleye were relatively large, ranging in length from 15.1 to 27.1 inches with an average length and weight of 20.3 inches and 3.0 lbs. Forty three percent of Walleye were longer than 21 inches. Growth was fast; Walleye average over 20 inches at age five. Natural reproduction is limited and Walleye fry are stocked every other year.

Northern Pike catch rates have declined since 1999, but are still in the expected range for similar lakes. Northern pike lengths ranged from 17.9 to 40.0 inches with an average length and weight of 24.0 inches and 3.1 pounds. Forty five percent of Northern Pike were longer than 24 inches. Growth was fast; Northern Pike averaged between 24 and 26 inches at age five.

Black Crappie numbers were above the expected range for similar lakes. Black Crappie lengths ranged from 3.9 to 11.0 inches with an average length and weight of 7.5 inches and 0.26 pounds. Black Crappie grew quickly and reached 8 inches at age three. Bluegill numbers have decreased since the 1990s, but the average size (6.7 inches, 0.25 lbs) was favorable. Bluegill lengths ranged from 3.9 to 8.4 inches. Yellow perch have also declined since the 1990s, but their numbers were within the expected range. Yellow perch lengths ranged from 5.4 to 8.3 inches with an average length of 6.5 inches.

Largemouth bass were sampled by boat electrofishing in the spring and the catch rate was near the Montrose area average. Largemouth Bass lengths ranged from 6.7 inches to 21.1 inches with an average length and weight of 11.5 inches and 1.0 pounds. Sixteen percent of Largemouth Bass caught were over 15 inches. Growth was fast; average length at age three was 12.5 inches. Smallmouth bass were also caught, but in lower numbers. Smallmouth Bass ranged in length from 7.0 to 15.5 inches with an average length and weight of 11.5 inches and 0.9 pounds.

Channel Catfish in 2013 had the highest catch rate recorded, well above previous surveys. Channel Catfish lengths ranged from 11.9 to 30.3 inches with a mean length and weight of 20.0 inches and 3.2 pounds. Channel Catfish growth was good, averaging 19.0 inches at age five. The first Channel Catfish in Buffalo Lake were caught in 1993. The population seems to be increasing in Buffalo Lake, likely due to the removal of a rough fish trap downstream, resulting in unhindered access to an abundant Channel Catfish population in the North Fork Crow River. Other species included: Bigmouth Buffalo, Black Bullhead, Bowfin, Common Carp, Golden Shiner, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, White Crappie, White Sucker,and Yellow Bullhead. Previous catches of Black Bullhead were very high in the 1980s. Recent low Black Bullhead catches may be due to improved water quality and predation by an increasing Channel Catfish population.

INVASIVE SPECIES
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil

Recreational activities such as recreational boating, angling, waterfowl hunting, and diving may spread aquatic invasive species. Some aquatic invasive species can attach to boats, while others can become tangled on propellers, anchor lines, or boat trailers. Many species can survive in bilge water, ballast tanks, and motors or may hide in dirt or sand that clings to nets, buckets, anchors, and waders. Fortunately, completing simple steps can prevent the transport of aquatic invasive species.
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