Minnesota Lake

Benjamin Lake


From the Minnesota DNR:

Benjamin Lake is in lake class 20 and is managed as a stream trout lake. Class 20 lakes are typically small, deep, soft water lakes with regular shorelines. Fish communities in class 20 lakes can range from trout to panfish depending on management goals, and some may experience intermittant partial winter-kills. Rainbow trout fingerlings are stocked annually at about 150 per acre. Stocking is usually during mid October and fingerlings have ranged from 7-14 per pound. The 1996 assessment found rainbow trout at 15.0 per gill net with a mean length of 10.2 inches and a mean weight of 0.45 pounds. The only previous assessment using gill nets since the introduction of trout was in 1984 when they were sampled at 27.0 gill net and had a mean weight of 0.6 pounds. Eighty percent of the trout sampled in 1996 were from the 1995 stock and averaged 9.4 inches with the remainder from the 1994 stock averaging 13.1 inches. One white sucker was sampled from gill nets with a single bluegill from trap nets. Area fishing reports suggest a few larger trout are in the lake. The 1988 assessment, using two one-fourth inch trapnets, did not capture trout but found a high abundance of fathead minnows and northern redbellied dace with a few Iowa darters, finescale dace, and brook sticklebacks.


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