Pimushe Lake in Minnesota offers some great fishing

  • Trap net 1.1 Pimushe Lake information:

    Provided by DNR - Survey Date: 08/16/1999 - Inventory Number: 04-0032-00

    Name: PIMUSHE - Nearest Town: Pennington - Primary County: Beltrami

    Public Access Information

    Ownership Type Description

    US Forest

    Service Concrete T.147-R.30-SEC 17.Concrete ramp with eight unit parking. Access off the Scenic Highway north of Pennington.

    Lake Characteristics

    Lake Area (acres): 1,268.00

    Littoral Area (acres): 654.00

    Maximum Depth (ft): 40.00

    Water Clarity (ft): 5.80 Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A

    Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A

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

    Did you know? Minnesota has 11,482 lakes 10 acres or larger, of which 5,483 are fishing lakes. Excluding Lake Superior, the state has 3.8 million acres of fishing water. Minnesota's portion of Lake Superior is 1.4 million acres.

    Fish Sampled for the 1999 Survey Year

    Number of fish per net

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

    Black Bullhead Gill net

    Trap net trace

    0.3 0.6 - 9.5

    0.3 - 2.8

    0.29

    0.52 0.5 - 0.8

    0.4 - 0.8

    1.7 0.5 - 2.7

    0.7 - 3.2 0.31

    0.39 0.2 - 0.4

    0.2 - 0.5

    Bluegill Gill net

    Trap net trace

    2.4 N/A - N/A

    5.6 - 42.3 1.03

    0.18 N/A - N/A

    0.1 - 0.3

    1. (Dogfish) Gill net

    Trap net 0.4

    0.8 0.1 - 0.4

    0.4 - 1.0 3.11

    4.04 2.9 - 5.0

    3.1 - 4.8

    Brown Bullhead Gill net

    Trap net 1.6

    1.8 0.3 - 2.2

    0.3 - 1.5 0.77

    0.80 0.6 - 1.0

    0.6 - 1.0

    Burbot Gill net trace 0.1 - 0.4 2.46 1.5 - 2.5

    Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.3 0.3 - 1.1 2.09 0.2 - 0.9

    Northern Pike Gill net

    Trap net 5.4

    1.4 3.1 - 8.5

    N/A - N/A 1.35

    1.37 1.5 - 2.7

    N/A - N/A

    Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net

    Trap net 0.2

    1.2 N/A - N/A

    1.7 - 8.2 0.12

    0.18 N/A - N/A

    0.1 - 0.2

    Rock Bass Gill net

    Trap net 0.2

    0.4 0.3 - 2.0

    0.6 - 2.5 0.47

    0.50 0.3 - 0.5

    0.2 - 0.5

    Tullibee (Cisco) Gill net 3.6 0.7 - 6.5 1.67 0.6 - 1.6

    Walleye Gill net

    Trap net 3.8

    0.4 1.3 - 5.5

    0.2 - 0.7 1.11

    2.25

    1.2 - 2.4

    0.9 - 2.9

    White Sucker Gill net

    Trap net 3.3

    0.3 0.5 - 3.5

    0.2 - 1.0 2.56

    2.44 1.6 - 2.4

    1.7 - 2.9

    Yellow Bullhead Gill net

    Trap net 0.2

    2.0 0.9 - 10.0

    1.5 - 7.7 0.63

    0.70 0.5 - 0.7

    0.5 - 0.8

    Yellow Perch Gill net

    Trap net 8.8

    1.2 2.5 - 24.2

    0.5 - 2.7 0.15

    0.18 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 1999 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 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 4

    Black Crappie 4 16 13 0 0 0 0 0 33

    Bluegill 21 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 30

    Brown Bullhead 1 2 26 11 0 0 0 0 40

    Largemouth Bass 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 4

    Northern Pike 0 0 0 5 50 25 1 0 81

    Pumpkinseed Sunfish 10 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 16

    Rock Bass 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 7

    Tullibee (Cisco) 0 1 2 9 31 0 0 0 43

    Walleye 0 7 6 16 17 4 0 0 50

    yellow bullhead 0 2 23 1 0 0 0 0 26

    Yellow Perch 47 61 11 0 0 0 0 0 119

    Status of the Fishery (as of 08/16/1999)

    Pimushe Lake is located about 5 miles north of Pennington off The Scenic Highway (County Road #39). Pimushe Lake is a moderately sized, deep, clear water lake with an irregular shoreline and many small bays. Pimushe is a popular fishing lake, and anglers can pursue their favorite species from the following list: Largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike, and panfish. The diversity of habitat types available has allowed this variety of species to maintain themselves through natural reproduction with no stocking since 1976.

    Bluegill have been the main attraction in recent times, and Pimushe Lake has a reputation for producing quality-size fish. Size and abundance of bluegill has declined since 1988, though some quality size fish are still available. About 14% of the bluegills sampled in the 1999 standard lake assessment were more than 8 inches long. Increased angling pressure is likely contributing to the decline in abundance of larger bluegill, but other limiting factors seem to be contributing to the problem as well. Anglers are encouraged to practice some harvest restraint to help retain the quality component of this fishery.

    Black crappie abundance is low, but they are pursued seasonally by anglers. An aging sample from the spring assessment suggests that every year class back to 1992 is present, but some year classes are more prominent than others. The largest crappie sampled in 1999 was 11.2 inches.

    Walleye are moderately abundant and assessment catch rates are similar to most comparable lakes. Natural reproduction has been consistent as evidenced by the aging sample with all year classes since 1992 represented. Anglers who get to know the lake structure, and fish for walleye, can do well. The largest walleye captured in the 1999 assessment was 24.8 inches long; the average was 14.0 inches.

    Pimushe Lake has a long history of high angler catches of small northern pike. The latest assessment confirms that this trend will continue. The largest pike sampled was 25.3 inches long. Average length was 18.9 inches. No pike older than age five were sampled.

    Largemouth bass and rock bass are present and sought by some anglers. Yellow perch, though not abundant, are common, and some are large enough to be acceptable to anglers. White suckers and tullibee are present, but they are not commonly sought by anglers. Their primary importance is as forage for the larger gamefish. Tullibee can be legally harvested by gill nets during the fall. Black, brown, and yellow bullheads, bowfin, and burbot are also present.

    Neascus (black spot) is common on northern pike, walleye, and all panfish. Yellow grubs were observed in some perch. Depending on the degree of infestation, fish with these parasites may be unsightly but are edible.

    --Located 30 minutes from White Birch Resort--

    Black Crappie Gill net

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