Gilstad Lake in Minnesota

  • Gilstad Lake information:

    Provided by DNR - Survey Date: 06/21/2004 - Inventory Number: 04-0024-00

    Name: GILSTAD - Nearest Town: BLACKDUCK - Primary County: Beltrami

    Public Access Information

    Ownership Type Description

    US Forest Service Concrete South shore of lake, owned by USFS, concrete log ramp with 10 unit parking

    Lake Characteristics

    Lake Area (acres): 294.00

    Littoral Area (acres): 112.00

    Maximum Depth (ft): 55.00

    Water Clarity (ft): N/A Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A

    Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A

    Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): N/A

    Did you know? Lake rehabilitation projects reclaim waters suffering from habitat degradation and overpopulation of some fish species.

    Fish Sampled for the 2006 Survey Year

    Number of fish per net

    Gear Used Caught Normal Range Average Fish Weight (lbs) Average Fish Weight (lbs)

    Black Crappie Gill net

    Trap net 9.3

    3.6 0.5 - 2.7

    0.7 - 3.2

    0.31

    0.20 0.2 - 0.4

    0.2 - 0.5

    Bluegill Gill net

    Trap net 1.7

    14.1 N/A - N/A

    5.6 - 42.3 0.08

    0.17 0.1 - 0.3

    1. (Dogfish) Trap net

    Gill net 0.5

    trace 0.1 - 0.4

    0.4 - 1.0 4.81

    4.16 0.6 - 1.0

    Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.3 0.3 - 1.5 0.87 0.6 - 1.0

    Green Sunfish Trap net 0.2 0.2 - 0.9 0.05 0.1 - 0.2

    Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.2 0.3 - 1.2 1.75 0.5 - 1.1

    Northern Pike Gill net

    Trap net 7.8

    0.5 3.1 - 8.5

    N/A - N/A 3.27

    1.90 1.5 - 2.7

    N/A - N/A

    Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net

    Trap net 0.5

    0.5 N/A - N/A

    1.7 - 8.2 0.10

    0.07 N/A - N/A

    0.1 - 0.2

    Rock Bass Trap net 0.3 0.6 - 2.5 0.39 0.2 - 0.5

    Tullibee (Cisco) Gill net 1.0 0.7 - 6.5 1.97 0.6 - 1.6

    Walleye Trap net

    Gill net trace

    1.3 0.2 - 0.7

    1.3 - 5.5 3.68

    1.43 0.9 - 2.9

    1.2 - 2.4

    White Sucker Gill net 0.7 0.5 - 3.5 2.18 1.6 - 2.4

    Redhorse Trap net 0.20 N/A 1.16 N/A

    Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.4 1.5 - 7.7 0.49 0.5 - 0.8

    Yellow Perch Gill net

    Trap net 30.0

    7.2 2.5 - 24.2

    0.5 - 2.7 0.08

    0.07 0.1 - 0.2

    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 2004 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 crappie 14 54 1 0 0 0 0 0 99

    Bluegill 103 76 0 0 0 0 0 0 179

    Brown Bullhead 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3

    Green Sunfish 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2

    Largemouth Bass 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

    Northern Pike 0 0 0 4 13 25 4 7 53

    Pumpkinseed Sunfish 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9

    Rock Bass 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4

    Tullibee (Cisco) 0 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 6

    Walleye 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 0 9

    yellow bullhead 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5

    Yellow Perch 218 47 1 0 0 0 0 0 266

    For the record, the largest Black Bullhead taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lb., 13.12 oz. and was

    caught by:

    Who: Keith Hvezda, Lowry, MN

    Where: Reno Lake, Pope County

    When: 6/8/97.

    Statistics: 17.17" length, 14.96" girth

    Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Five Years

    Year Species Age Number

    2000 Walleye Fingerling 1,422

    2002 Walleye Fingerling 7,585

    2003 Walleye Fingerling 30,016

    Fish Consumption Advisory

    No fish consumption information is available for this lake. For more information, see the "Fish Consumption Advice" pages at the Minnesota Department of Health.

    Status of the Fishery (as of 06/21/2004)

    Gilstad and Little Gilstad Lakes are considered one lake for fisheries management purposes. The channel between the two lakes allows free movement of fish and can be navigated by boats. Gilstad Lake is located three miles south of Blackduck in southeast Beltrami County. There is a US Forest Service concrete public access on the south end of the lake. Both lakes total 294 acres with a maximum depth of 55 feet (on Gilstad Lake). The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different lake classes based on physical and chemical characteristics. Gilstad Lake is in lake class 25. Other area lakes in the same lake class include Turtle River, Itasca, Long Lost, Balm, Beltrami, Big Buzzle, Big Moose and Pimushe Lakes. Typically lakes in this class are clear, deep, hardwater lakes with irregular shaped shorelines. The lake is within the Chippewa National Forest. There is a DNR disability accessible fishing pier at the public access. Also, within casting distance of the fishing pier are fish cribs that were installed by the USFS. DNR Fisheries manages the lake for black crappie, bluegill, walleye and northern pike.

    If anglers are looking for a small quiet lake with a multitude of species to fish for, Gilstad Lake would be a good choice. Northern pike are abundant and have the potential to be quite large in the lake. Pike sampled in 2004 ranged in length from 16 to 36 inches with an average length and weight of 23 inches and 3.3 pounds. Anglers can expect to catch numerous pike in the 20 - 24 inch range. Pike feed mainly on yellow perch, white sucker and tullibee. Ages 1 -7 were present with ages 3 an 4 comprising 55% of the sample. Growth of pike is above average. At three years old, pike were 21 inches.

    Even though walleye fingerling have been stocked on a two out of three year rotation in Gilstad Lake, they are not abundant. There does not appear to be any dominant size range, just a scattering of fish over a wide range of lengths. Walleye sampled in 2004 were 8 to 26 inches in length.

    Historically black crappie have always been abundant in Gilstad Lake, and the 2004 assessment had the highest catch rates ever. Crappie sampled in 2004 ranged from 4 to 10.4 inches long with an average length of 8 inches. The reason crappie are so abundant in Gilstad Lake is because of the consistent production of young crappies. Five consecutive year classes were sampled in 2004.

    Yellow perch are also abundant but small in Gilstad Lake. Only one perch was sampled that was greater than 8 inches long. They are, however, excellent forage for predator fish such as northern pike and walleye.

    Bluegill is another species that anglers can do well fishing for. With the many small bays and irregular shoreline, anglers have many areas to check out when fishing for bluegill. Bluegill sampled in 2004 ranged in length from 3 to 8.4 inches with an average length of 5.6 inches. Approximately 30% of the sampled bluegill were greater than 7 inches long.

    Quality-sized bluegill are disappearing from many of our lakes due to excessive harvest by anglers. If we are going to maintain some quality in our bluegill populations, anglers will need to show some voluntary restraint when bluegill are really biting. By practicing selective harvest, anglers could harvest the smaller more abundant bluegill for eating, and release some of the medium to large fish. This would help maintain balance in the population and ensure the opportunity to catch large bluegill in the future.

    Other fish sampled in 2004 include pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, bullheads, largemouth bass and bowfin (dogfish)

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