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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:05 PM 07/06/06 (CST)
Aitkin County
Bid SandyName: SANDY, BIG
Nearest Town: MCGREGOR
Primary County: Aitkin Survey Date: 07/07/1995
Inventory Number: 01-0062-00



Public Access Information
Ownership Type Description
Minnesota DNR Concrete THE STATE OWNED PUBLIC ACCESS IS ON THE SANDY RIVER NORTH OF THE "Pier 65" bridge (T49N R23W S19).
Corps of Engineers Concrete The U.S Corps of Engineers access is within the Big Sandy Campground on the northwest side, off Highway 65. A fee is charged.
Minnesota DNR Concrete A state access is located on the northeast side of the lake (T49N R23W S5).
Township Unknown Several smaller accesses are located around the lakeand are managed by various municipalities.



Lake Characteristics
Lake Area (acres): 6,526.00
Littoral Area (acres): 3,067.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 84.00
Water Clarity (ft): 5.05 Dominant Bottom Substrate: sand, gravel, muck
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 8.00


Did you know? There are 15,000 miles of fishable streams in Minnesota, including 2,600 miles of trout streams.



Fish Sampled up to the 1995 Survey Year
Number of fish per net
Species Gear Used Caught Normal Range Average Fish Weight (lbs) Normal Range (lbs)
Black Bullhead Gill net trace 0.5 - 4.1 0.82 0.6 - 1.0
Trap net 0.7 0.3 - 2.1 0.66 0.4 - 0.8
Black Crappie Trap net 1.3 0.3 - 1.7 0.85 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 0.1 3.7 - 42.9 0.43 0.1 - 0.2
Bowfin (Dogfish) Trap net 0.9 0.3 - 1.1 5.89 3.9 - 5.1
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.3 0.3 - 1.6 1.22 0.7 - 1.2
Trap net 2.1 0.3 - 1.7 0.96 0.7 - 1.1
Burbot Gill net 0.3 0.1 - 0.2 1.28 1.1 - 2.7
Northern Pike Gill net 5.9 3.0 - 7.9 1.26 1.7 - 2.8
Trap net 0.7 N/A - N/A 0.79 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Trap net trace 1.6 - 6.9 0.44 0.1 - 0.3
Rock Bass Gill net 0.1 1.0 - 6.6 0.68 0.3 - 0.5
Trap net 0.9 0.7 - 3.3 0.71 0.2 - 0.5
Shorthead Redhorse Gill net 0.5 0.1 - 0.5 2.32 1.5 - 2.7
Trap net 0.2 0.1 - 0.8 1.31 1.5 - 4.0
Silver Redhorse Trap net 0.4 N/A - N/A 4.11 N/A - N/A
Tullibee (Cisco) Gill net 8.3 0.5 - 5.2 0.65 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Gill net 6.4 4.0 - 9.6 0.54 1.1 - 1.9
Trap net 0.6 0.3 - 0.9 0.89 1.0 - 2.2
White Sucker Gill net 3.1 1.0 - 3.5 1.96 1.5 - 2.3
Trap net 0.4 0.2 - 0.8 2.58 1.4 - 2.7
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 0.1 0.6 - 6.4 0.77 0.6 - 0.9
Trap net 0.2 0.9 - 4.8 1.14 0.7 - 1.0
Yellow Perch Gill net 23.6 7.1 - 33.9 0.42 0.1 - 0.2
Trap net 3.9 0.7 - 3.7 0.28 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.



Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 1995 Survey Year
Number of fish caught in each category (inches)
Species 0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 >29 Total
Black Bullhead 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 14
Black Crappie 1 4 16 5 0 0 0 0 26
Bluegill 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Brown Bullhead 0 0 18 28 0 0 0 0 46
Northern Pike 0 0 2 20 63 16 0 0 101
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Rock Bass 1 6 13 0 0 0 0 0 20
Tullibee (Cisco) 0 12 85 22 6 0 0 0 125
Walleye 0 56 18 20 10 2 1 0 107
Yellow Bullhead 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 5
Yellow Perch 20 216 195 0 0 0 0 0 431


For the record, the largest Ohrid Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz. and was caught by:

Who: Jim Crigler, Babbitt, MN
Where: Tofte Lake, Lake County
When: 1/9/73.
Statistics: 25" length








Status of the Fishery (as of 07/07/1995)
Big Sandy Lake is comprised of several habitat types. These include the open, windswept main basin, the deep cool eastern basin called Bill Horn Bay, the shallower and more isolated south basin called Webster Bay and shallow bays containing dense rice beds in several smaller bays on the south, east and northeast sides of the lake. Walleyes are the most popular target for anglers, particularly in the main basin. The walleyes in Big Sandy grow slowly and tend to be small. This survey affirms that this trend is continuing. The mean length for walleyes caught in the survey gill nets was only 10.1 inches long and only two walleyes over 20 inches were caught. The size distribution is similar to what was found in previous surveys and in an angler survey conducted in 1988.

Northern pike are also an important gamefish in Big Sandy Lake. The gillnet catch rate for northern pike was about average for this type of lake. The northern pike were also small, averaging just 17.6 inches and ranging only up to 24.0 inches in the survey gill nets. The growth rates of larger northern pike are slower than normal, a fact which is not consistent with the apparent availability of a large yellow perch forage base. Behavioral adaptations of the yellow perch probably explain this incongruity. Yellow perch were mostly captured in the main basin, whereas northern pike were captured more often in the shallower, more vegetated areas of the lake.

The abundance of yellow perch was about average for this type of lake, however the average size of the fish was 8.9 inches, which is well above average. Many of the perch were in the 10 and 11 inch range, a very nice size for this species. Seventy-seven percent of the perch were affected with parasites. Anglers have avoided targeting yellow perch in the lake, probably because of the high incidence of internal parasites. Yellow perch in the main basin of the lake are abundant enough to provide adequate fishing for experienced anglers who can tolerate imperfect perch filets.

Black crappies were caught at a relatively low rate, which is typical for this type of lake. The crappies were larger, ranging from 9.7 to 11.6 inches long. No small crappies were caught, indicating the population may be low for a few years. Only a few sunfish were caught in the trap nets in this survey. Big Sandy Lake's dense wild rice and muck or sand habitat and exposure to wind and waves are not conducive to sunfish reproduction and survival.

Tulibees (cisco) were caught with regularity in Bill Horn Bay in this survey. They are growing rapidly and reached lengths up to 17.4 inches in this survey. Most of the tulibees were in the 10 to 13 inch range. The tulibee population had apparently experienced a major die-off in the mid to late 1980's and have rebounded in 1995.
and the rest:

Big Pine - 1015700
Walleye - 860 yearlings weighing 215.0 lbs.
Walleye - 315 fingerlings weighing 45.0 lbs.
Cedar - 1020900
Walleye - 1,998 yearlings weighing 536.0 lbs.
Walleye - 270 adults weighing 147.0 lbs.
Elm Island - 1012300
Walleye - 787 yearlings weighing 215.0 lbs.
Walleye - 51 fingerlings weighing 13.0 lbs.
Walleye - 109 adults weighing 84.0 lbs.
Esquagamah - 1014700
Walleye - 17,409 fingerlings weighing 1,028.9 lbs.
Farm Island - 1015900
Walleye - 890,000 fry weighing 8.9 lbs.
Hammal - 1016100
Walleye - 560 yearlings weighing 140.0 lbs.
Walleye - 5,334 fingerlings weighing 193.0 lbs.
Walleye - 400 adults weighing 200.0 lbs.
Hanging Kettle - 1017000
Walleye - 520 yearlings weighing 130.0 lbs.
Walleye - 800 fingerlings weighing 25.0 lbs.
Hickory - 1017900
Walleye - 740 fingerlings weighing 61.0 lbs.
Walleye - 24 yearlings weighing 16.0 lbs.
Hill - 1014200
Walleye - 350,000 fry weighing 3.5 lbs.
Lone - 1012500
Walleye - 456 yearlings weighing 114.0 lbs.
Walleye - 210 fingerlings weighing 30.0 lbs.
Long - 1008900
Walleye - 5,767 fingerlings weighing 230.0 lbs.
Moulton - 1021200
Walleye - 8,576 fingerlings weighing 268.0 lbs.
Nord - 1011700
Walleye - 10,421 fingerlings weighing 541.6 lbs.
Rabbit - 1009100
Walleye - 385 fingerlings weighing 77.0 lbs.
Ripple - 1014600
Walleye - 904 yearlings weighing 231.0 lbs.
Walleye - 2,832 fingerlings weighing 121.0 lbs.
Round - 1013700
Walleye - 475,000 fry weighing 4.8 lbs.
Round - 1007000
Walleye - 520 yearlings weighing 130.0 lbs.
Round - 1002300
Walleye - 578 yearlings weighing 174.0 lbs.
Walleye - 163 adults weighing 121.0 lbs.
Walleye - 866 fingerlings weighing 43.4 lbs.
Sissabagamah - 1012900
Walleye - 2,560 fingerlings weighing 80.0 lbs.
Spirit - 1017800
Walleye - 1,680 yearlings weighing 510.0 lbs.
Walleye - 6 adults weighing 9.0 lbs.
Walleye - 97 fingerlings weighing 17.4 lbs.
Sugar - 1008700
Walleye - 6,808 fingerlings weighing 580.7 lbs.
Waukenabo - 1013600
Walleye - 1,700 yearlings weighing 425.0 lbs.
Walleye - 280 fingerlings weighing 40.0 lbs.
Wilkins - 1010200
Walleye - 399 yearlings weighing 133.0 lbs.
Walleye - 63 adults weighing 42.0 lbs.

Stocking Fish Sizes
Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.
Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.
Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.
Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.








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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:22 PM 07/06/06 (CST)
CK,
Thanks for the report, there is a lot of helpful info in there, and some facts i didn't know about BSL as well.
Thanks again, Keep up the good work!



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