2.3.2 Fish and Wildlife

There are several high-quality fisheries in the watershed.  Lake Minnetonka, and many lakes are stocked by the DNR.  Lake Minnetonka is nationally known for its bass and northern pike fishing, while the Chain of Lakes and Lake Nokomis are known for their tiger muskellunge fishing. Lakes Pierson, Zumbra and Steiger are also known for their bass fisheries.  Stocked with rainbow trout, Christmas Lake is managed as both a warm and cool water fishery. 

Table 10.  DNR fish stocking of lakes in the MCWD, 1998-2004.

Lake 

Fish Stocked

Lake 

Fish Stocked

Academy Marsh

Walleye

Long

Walleye

Calhoun

Walleye, tiger muskellunge, muskellunge

Nokomis

Walleye, tiger muskellunge

Cedar

Tiger muskellunge, muskellunge

Parley

Walleye

Christmas

Rainbow trout

Piersons

Tiger muskellunge

Dutch

Largemouth bass

Powderhorn

Black crappie, bluegill sunfish, largemouth bass

Harriet

Muskellunge, walleye

Taft

Channel catfish, walleye

Lake of the Isles

Tiger muskellunge

Wasserman

Tiger muskellunge

Minnetonka 

Walleye, muskellunge

 

 

Source:  Minnesota DNR.

DNR Fish Survey  DNR Fish Survey Table 2

Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species

The DNR Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program maintains a database of observations of rare plant and animal species compiled from historical records from museum collections and published information supplemented with data from years of field work.  Table 12 shows the rare fish and wildlife species listed in that database as being observed recently or at some time in the past within the watershed.  The DNR has also identified two locations in the watershed that are colonial waterbird nesting sites, or where there are concentrations of waterbirds that occur during part or all the species life cycle and are highly vulnerable to disturbance.

Table 12.  Rare animal species observed in the MCWD.

Scientific Name

Name

Last Observed

Federal Status

State Status

Empidonax virescens

Acadian Flycatcher

1983, 1997

 

Special concern

Buteo lineatus

Red-Shouldered Hawk

1993, 1994, 1997

 

Special concern

Dendroica cerulea

Cerulean Warbler

1982, 2002

 

Special concern

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Bald Eagle

1998, 2003

Listed threatened

Special concern

Cygnus buccinator

Trumpeter Swan

2000, 2002

 

Threatened

Etheostoma microperca

Least Darter

1962, 1992, 1997

 

Special concern

Notropis anogenus

Pugnose Shiner

1941, 1948, 1969, 1991

 

Special concern

Acipenser fulvescens

Lake Sturgeon

1998

 

Special concern

Microtus ochrogaster

Prairie Vole

1917

 

Special concern

Spilogale putorius

Eastern Spotted Skunk

1992

 

Threatened

Emydoidea blandingii

Blanding's Turtle

1986, 1987, 1989, 1994

 

Threatened

Elaphe vulpina

Fox Snake

1939

 

Not listed but rare

Note:  Current as of 2005.  Not based on a comprehensive survey of the state or the watershed.  Absence of observation does not mean other species are not present.

Source:  Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program of the Division of Ecological Services, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).