By Bob Hoeft
Fisheries Picture (Click on this title)
Pictured above is the DNR Fisheries Management Team led by David Lockwood tending the nets and counting fish on Serpent lake in August.
Perhaps you noticed the little orange flags scattered about on Serpent Lake during the month of August. They were there to remind boaters not to go between them during the fish population assessment by the Minnesota Department of Natural resources. They marked the location of nets, carefully placed in the same location every 5 years. When the nets are pulled the fish are carefully counted and measured. The results of the survey will be posted on the DNR website in a couple of months. I was fortunate enough to visit them while they are pulling the nets and David Lockwood sent me a preliminary copy of the results.
By my reading the report says that the lake has an above average number of smaller than average Northern Pike, a moderate average number of Walleye, an above average number of Crappie and Largemouth bass. Comparative Sunfish data was not available. Smallmouth bass are above average in number in the count also.
No surprise that there are very few perch in the lake; one could speculate that they are quickly devoured by the Northern Pike population. A surprise is that there are still a few Tulibees (Ciscos) in the lake.
So what about Rock Bass? Off the charts in comparative abundance.
15 species were recorded in all :Black Crappie, Bluegill, Hybrid Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Dogfish, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye Tulibee, White Sucker, Yellow Perch.
Complete data relating to number of species and size is available on the report. Watch for it on the DNR website soon.