Strawberry Lake Information

Strawberry Lake is a very clean, clear lake and is an excellent all-around fishing lake for walleyes, northern, bass, and pan fish. Strawberry Lake is also perfect for swimming and boating with crystal clear spring-fed waters. Strawberry Lake is rated in the top 1% of Minnesota lakes for water quality and clarity.

 

Ice out on Strawberry Lake (average is approximately April 21st):
2001: April 30th
2002: April 18th
2003: April 16th
2004: April 20th
2005: April 14th
2006: April 15th
2007: April 26th
2008: May 9th
2009: April 19th
2010: April 3rd
2011: April 29th
2012: March 24th
2013: May 14th (Unfortunately, not a typo!)
2014: April 30th
2015: April 15th

 

 


The DNR maintains information about Strawberry Lake. Click on a check mark below and you will be transferred to the appropriate page.


STRAWBERRY LAKE

Strawberry - 03032300
Becker County
 
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Below is a copy of the latest lake survey report:

Lake Information Report

Name: Strawberry

Nearest Town: White Earth
Primary County: Becker
Survey Date: 07/31/2006
Inventory Number: 03032300

Public Access Information

Ownership

Type

Description

DNR Concrete Middle of south shore of lake.

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1517* (1468.07)
Littoral Area (acres): 563
Maximum Depth (ft): 48*
Water Clarity (ft): 15
Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): N/A

*Note: Becker County Zoning Ordinance has the lake as 1607 acres (Data from the DNR ranged from 1468 to 1522 acres. DNR lake map information is from the 1950s).

Fish Sampled for the 2006 Survey Year

 

Number of fish per net

 

Species

Gear Used

Caught

Normal Range

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.29 0.3 - 2.6 0.50 0.5 - 0.9
Gill net 14.80 0.6 - 6.8 0.54 0.5 - 1.0
Black Crappie Gill net 1.13 0.4 - 2.7 0.65 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 32.21 4.4 - 49.0 0.17 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 5.73 N/A 0.11 N/A
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.57 0.3 - 1.6 0.90 0.7 - 1.1
Gill net 0.27 0.3 - 1.8 0.88 0.7 - 1.2
Green Sunfish Trap net 0.07 0.2 - 1.0 0.06 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.07 0.1 - 0.4 0.05 N/A
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 15.21 N/A 0.19 N/A
Gill net 3.13 N/A 0.15 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.79 0.3 - 1.3 0.76 0.2 - 0.8
Gill net 2.73 0.3 - 1.4 0.81 0.5 - 1.2
Northern Pike Trap net 1.43 N/A 1.31 N/A
Gill net 10.73 2.8 - 9.0 1.21 1.6 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 3.07 1.8 - 7.8 0.12 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 7.13 N/A 0.10 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 3.21 0.5 - 2.5 0.24 0.3 - 0.5
Gill net 16.67 0.6 - 3.9 0.37 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Trap net 0.57 0.1 - 0.9 0.18 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 2.60 0.1 - 0.9 1.59 0.9 - 2.0
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 0.07 0.8 - 6.2 2.63 0.6 - 1.4
Walleye Trap net 0.14 0.2 - 0.8 0.38 1.0 - 2.7
Gill net 14.53 3.3 - 8.8 1.67 1.2 - 2.1
White Sucker Trap net 0.36 0.2 - 1.1 2.42 1.8 - 3.0
Gill net 4.00 0.9 - 4.0 2.44 1.6 - 2.4
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.71 1.2 - 5.2 0.88 0.6 - 0.9
Gill net 7.60 1.2 - 10.9 0.75 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 1.60 7.0 - 46.3 0.09 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.

Length of Selected Species Sampled for the 2006 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 12 213 1 0 0 0 0 226
black crappie 0 2 13 2 0 0 0 0 17
bluegill 292 238 0 0 0 0 0 0 537
brown bullhead 0 1 3 8 0 0 0 0 12
green sunfish 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 139 116 0 0 0 0 0 0 260
largemouth bass 1 5 32 13 1 0 0 0 52
northern pike 0 0 13 46 66 43 11 1 181
pumpkinseed 131 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 150
rock bass 54 220 21 0 0 0 0 0 295
smallmouth bass 3 6 6 17 15 0 0 0 47
tullibee (cisco) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
walleye 0 3 15 17 160 21 4 0 220
white sucker 0 0 0 3 55 7 0 0 65
yellow bullhead 0 3 94 27 0 0 0 0 124
yellow perch 8 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 24

 


Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Five Years

Year

Species

Age

Number

2006 Walleye Fingerling 10,837
2004 Walleye Fingerling 23,878
2002 Walleye Fingerling 4,040

Status of the Fishery (as of 07/31/2006)

Strawberry Lake has had a reputation as a good fishing lake at certain times of the year. Water quality has been relatively good and this is demonstrated by the presence of a tullibee population, a cold-water fish species requiring well-oxygenated water in the cooler deeper layers in the heat of the summer. It is also one of the few lakes in the area with a smallmouth bass population. As with most area lakes, Strawberry Lake is undergoing increasing development pressure.

The northern pike gill net catch rate in 2006 was 10.7 per set. This is a high number of fish, but they were primarily young with an average size of only 17.7 inches or 1.3 pounds. The walleye gill net catch rate in 2006 was 14.5 per gill net, which is higher than what is typically expected for a lake of this ecological type. However, Strawberry Lake has a history of above average walleye gill net catches with a long-term average of 14.6 per set. The walleyes sampled in 2006 had an average length and weight of 17 inches and 1.7 pounds. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are both present in relatively good numbers in Strawberry Lake.

Trap net catches of panfish in Strawberry Lake show a good bluegill population. However, the population shows signs of heavy fishing pressure. Bluegill growth rates were normal but very few fish over eight inches were present, suggesting anglers are harvesting them as soon as they reach a desirable size. Black crappies do not appear nearly as abundant but their size is impressive. The average length of the crappies sampled in 2006 was 10.4 inches.

Other species in Strawberry Lake include: black bullhead, brown bullhead, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, pumkinseed, rock bass, tullibee, white sucker, yellow perch, and yellow bullhead. The ratio of black to yellow bullheads can be an indicator of water quality, with a higher yellow to black ratio indicating better water quality. Yellow bullhead catch rates were unchanged in 2006 and black bullhead catch rates were definitely higher. Hopefully, this was just a normal fluctuation and not an early warning sign of declining water quality. Every effort should be made by lakeshore residents to protect water quality and minimize nutrient input to the lake by using good lakeshore management practices. These include: (1) leaving or establishing buffer strips of natural vegetation along the shores, (2) leaving aquatic vegetation stands intact, especially bulrush and cattail beds, (3) not fertilizing lawns or using phosphorus free fertilizers, (4) ensuring compliance of septic systems, (5) stabilizing eroding banks, and (6) utilizing practices illustrated in the DNR document "Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality" when landscaping shoreline property. Removal of emergent aquatic vegetation, particularly bulrushes, should be avoided at all costs. Bulrushes are an extremely important feature of the lake ecosystem, both from a water quality and fish habitat standpoint.?

 

This is the previous report from 2001:


Lake information report

 

Name: STRAWBERRY

Nearest Town: White Earth
Primary County: Becker
Survey Date: 07/23/2001
Inventory Number: 03-0323-00

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1,522
Littoral Area (acres): 563.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 48.00
Water Clarity (ft): 18.00
Dominant Bottom Substrate: sand, boulders (>10''), silt
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 28.00

 

Fish Sampled up to the 2001 Survey Year

 

Number of fish per net

 

Species

Gear Used

Caught

Normal Range

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Black Bullhead Gill net 0.8 0.6 - 6.8 0.67 0.5 - 1.0
  Trap net 0.8 0.3 - 2.6 0.67 0.5 - 0.9
Black Crappie Gill net 1.1 0.4 - 2.7 0.94 0.3 - 0.6
  Trap net 0.4 0.4 - 2.3 0.91 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Gill net 3.4 N/A - N/A 0.18 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 26.6 4.4 - 49.0 0.10 0.1 - 0.2
Brown Bullhead Gill net 2.5 0.3 - 1.8 0.79 0.7 - 1.2
  Trap net 4.4 0.3 - 1.6 0.79 0.7 - 1.1
Hybrid Sunfish Gill net 0.3 N/A - N/A 0.07 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 7.9 N/A - N/A 0.17 N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 1.9 0.3 - 1.4 0.69 0.5 - 1.2
  Trap net 3.9 0.3 - 1.3 0.40 0.2 - 0.8
Northern Pike Gill net 11.3 2.8 - 9.0 1.27 1.6 - 2.8
  Trap net 0.9 N/A - N/A 1.33 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net 3.8 N/A - N/A 0.16 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 1.6 1.8 - 7.8 0.16 0.1 - 0.3
Rock Bass Gill net 42.9 0.6 - 3.9 0.36 0.3 - 0.5
  Trap net 6.1 0.5 - 2.5 0.27 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 2.8 0.1 - 0.9 1.42 0.9 - 2.0
  Trap net 0.5 0.1 - 0.9 0.23 0.2 - 0.5
Tullibee (Cisco) Gill net 0.3 0.8 - 6.2 2.77 0.6 - 1.4
Walleye Gill net 21.4 3.3 - 8.8 1.71 1.2 - 2.1
  Trap net 0.5 0.2 - 0.8 1.52 1.0 - 2.7
White Sucker Gill net 1.9 0.9 - 4.0 2.53 1.6 - 2.4
  Trap net 0.2 0.2 - 1.1 2.84 1.8 - 3.0
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 7.8 1.2 - 10.9 0.68 0.6 - 0.9
  Trap net 2.0 1.2 - 5.2 0.70 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 0.9 7.0 - 46.3 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
  Trap net 0.4 0.6 - 3.5 0.14 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 2001 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 16 0 0 0 0 0 17
Black Crappie 0 1 9 5 0 0 0 0 15
Bluegill 222 67 0 0 0 0 0 0 289
Brown Bullhead 0 0 45 37 0 0 0 0 82
Hybrid Sunfish 75 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 113
Largemouth Bass 1 41 21 7 0 0 0 0 70
Northern Pike 0 0 0 8 67 24 3 1 103
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 26 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 53
Rock Bass 43 360 25 0 0 0 0 0 428
Smallmouth Bass 1 6 3 13 6 0 0 0 29
Tullibee (Cisco) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Walleye 0 1 4 27 130 13 3 0 178
Yellow Bullhead 0 5 79 6 0 0 0 0 90
Yellow Perch 3 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 12


Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Five Years

Year

Species

Age

Number

1996 Walleye Fingerling 14,690
1998 Walleye Fingerling 3,385
2000 Walleye Fingerling 6,274

Status of the Fishery (as of 07/23/2001)

Strawberry Lake is a 1522-acre lake in north-central Becker County. It has had a reputation as a good fishing lake depending on time of the year. Water quality is relatively good and this is demonstrated by the presence of a tullibee population, a cold-water fish species. It is also one of the few lakes in the area with a smallmouth bass population. As with most area lakes, Strawberry Lake is undergoing increasing development pressure.

The northern pike gill net (GN) catch rate in 2001 was 11.2 per set. This represents an abundant northern pike population, but it consisted primarily of young fish with an overall average length of only 18.5 inches or 1.3 pounds. Only four northern pike over 25 inches were sampled. The walleye gill net catch rate in 2001 was 21.4 per GN, which is well above what is typically expected for a lake of this ecological type. However, Strawberry Lake has a history of above average walleye gill net catches with a long-term average of 14.6 per set. The walleyes sampled in 2001 had an average length and weight of 17 inches and 1.7 pounds. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are both present in Strawberry Lake.

Trap net catches of panfish in Strawberry Lake show a good bluegill population. However, the population shows signs of heavy fishing pressure. Bluegill growth rates were normal but very few fish over seven inches were present, suggesting anglers are harvesting them as soon as they reach a desirable size. Black crappies do not appear nearly as abundant but their size is impressive. The average length of the crappies sampled in 2001 was 11.4 inches.

Other species in Strawberry Lake include: black bullhead, brown bullhead, hybrid sunfish, pumkinseed, rock bass, tullibee, white sucker, yellow perch, and yellow bullhead. The ratio of black to yellow bullheads can be an indicator of water quality, with a higher yellow to black ratio indicating better water quality. Yellow bullhead catch rates were lower in 2001 and black bullhead catch rates were higher. Hopefully, this was just a normal fluctuation and not an early warning sign of declining water quality. Every effort should be made by lakeshore residents to protect water quality and minimize nutrient input to the lake by using good lakeshore management practices. These include: (1) leaving or establishing buffer strips of natural vegetation along the shores, (2) leaving aquatic vegetation stands intact, especially bulrush and cattail beds, (3) not fertilizing lawns or using phosphorus free fertilizers, (4) ensuring compliance of septic systems, (5) stabilizing eroding banks, and (6) utilizing practices illustrated in the DNR document "Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality" when landscaping shoreline property. Removal of emergent aquatic vegetation, particularly bulrushes, should be avoided at all costs. Bulrushes are an extremely important feature of the lake ecosystem, both from a water quality and fish habitat standpoint.

 

 

This is the previous report from 1996:


Lake Information Report

Name: STRAWBERRY

Fish Sampled up to the 1996 Survey Year

  Number of fish per net  
Species Gear Used Caught Normal Range Average Fish Weight (lbs) Normal Range (lbs)
Black Bullhead Gill net 4.3 0.6 - 6.8 ND 0.5 - 1.0
  Trap net 0.4 0.3 - 2.6 ND 0.5 - 0.9
Black Crappie Trap net trace 0.4 - 2.3 0.90 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Gill net 3.3 N/A - N/A 0.28 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 7.5 4.4 - 49.0 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
Brown Bullhead Gill net 0.3 0.3 - 1.8 ND 0.7 - 1.2
  Trap net 1.0 0.3 - 1.6 ND 0.7 - 1.1
Green Sunfish Trap net trace 0.2 - 1.0 ND 0.1 - 0.2
Hybrid Sunfish Gill net 0.2 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
  Trap net 7.0 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
Largemouth Bass Gill net 0.2 0.3 - 1.4 1.63 0.5 - 1.2
  Trap net 3.8 0.3 - 1.3 0.19 0.2 - 0.8
Northern Pike Gill net 8.2 2.8 - 9.0 1.47 1.6 - 2.8
  Trap net 0.4 N/A - N/A 1.78 N/A - N/A
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Gill net 2.2 N/A - N/A ND N/A - N/A
  Trap net 0.8 1.8 - 7.8 ND 0.1 - 0.3
Rock Bass Gill net 13.7 0.6 - 3.9 ND 0.3 - 0.5
  Trap net 11.9 0.5 - 2.5 ND 0.3 - 0.5
Smallmouth Bass Gill net 1.8 0.1 - 0.9 1.23 0.9 - 2.0
  Trap net 2.4 0.1 - 0.9 0.15 0.2 - 0.5
Tullibee (Cisco) Gill net 0.5 0.8 - 6.2 ND 0.6 - 1.4
Walleye Gill net 16.0 3.3 - 8.8 2.23 1.2 - 2.1
  Trap net 0.5 0.2 - 0.8 3.26 1.0 - 2.7
White Sucker Gill net 9.8 0.9 - 4.0 ND 1.6 - 2.4
  Trap net 0.9 0.2 - 1.1 ND 1.8 - 3.0
Yellow Bullhead Gill net 3.0 1.2 - 10.9 ND 0.6 - 0.9
  Trap net 2.7 1.2 - 5.2 ND 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Gill net 10.5 7.0 - 46.3 0.12 0.1 - 0.2
  Trap net 1.4 0.6 - 3.5 0.10 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 1996 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 4 27 0 0 0 0 0 31
Black Crappie 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bluegill 59 50 1 0 0 0 0 0 110
Brown Bullhead 0 5 6 3 0 0 0 0 14
Green Sunfish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Hybrid Sunfish 59 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 85
Largemouth Bass 7 37 0 1 1 0 0 0 46
Northern Pike 0 0 0 2 32 18 1 1 54
Pumpkinseed Sunfish 19 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
Rock Bass 75 112 14 0 0 0 0 0 201
Smallmouth Bass 16 13 5 2 4 0 0 0 40
Tullibee (Cisco) 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3
Walleye 0 0 11 6 60 21 4 0 102
Yellow Bullhead 0 1 35 14 0 0 0 0 50
Yellow Perch 33 46 1 0 0 0 0 0 80

Status of the Fishery (as of 07/22/1996)

Strawberry Lake is known as a good all-around fishing lake with particularly good walleye angling at times. It is one of few area lakes with a smallmouth bass population. Some large walleyes and northern pike are also produced. Lakes with good oxygen in the lower, cooler portions of their thermoclines have the best potential to produce large pike. Strawberry Lake, as evidenced by its tullibee population, is such a lake. Even though conditions are excellent for large northern pike in Strawberry Lake and growth rates are good, pike larger than 30 inches (about eight pounds) are rare. It is likely that anglers remove most of the lake's pike before they attain a large size. No DNR creel surveys have been done on the lake, but it is believed that fishing pressure is relatively heavy. Catch and release fishing for larger pike (those longer than 24 inches) is not only a good idea, it is necessary if anglers desire to catch big pike like back in "the old days."

Historically, yellow perch net catches have remained within the "normal" range in Strawberry Lake as they are at present. Yellow perch are the primary forage for northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and walleye as well as a competitor or predator of young bluegill. Consequently, they are important to the fish community and will be monitored along with other gamefish and panfish. Drastic reductions in yellow perch in Strawberry Lake may signal problems for gamefish.

The good news is that there are still some large fish remaining in Strawberry Lake. Also, the walleye population is relatively stable and well above the normal range in abundance for similar lakes. The average sampled walleye weighed 2.2 pounds and was 18.1 inches long. Although there is some natural reproduction of walleye in Strawberry Lake, the population appears to be maintained by biennial fingerling stocking in recent years. Anglers can help to sustain fish populations by releasing medium to large fish, which usually don't taste as good as the smaller ones anyway.

Other ways that anglers and lakeshore owners can help to maintain fish populations, water quality, and property values is by conserving and protecting natural fish habitat. Bulrushes and cattails are particularly valuable for fish spawning, feeding, and rearing as well as for erosion protection and nutrient uptake. Shoreline buffer zones of unmowed, unfertilized natural vegetation help to slow erosion and sedimentation. Strawberry Lake's fish populations are sustainable with care and stewardship from its watershed inhabitants and users. Participation in the Pollution Control Agency's Citizen Lake Monitoring Program is valuable for monitoring trends in water quality. Lakeshore residents, whether seasonal or permanent, are urged to get involved. In addition, guides and books are available for riparian owners who desire to landscape their shorelines in a manner that will help sustain water quality. One book that will be available in autumn of 1997 is entitled "Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality."

For Additional Information

Area Fisheries Supervisor:

14583 CTY HWY 19
DETROIT LAKES, MN 56501
(218) 847-1579

Lake maps can be obtained from:

Minnesota Bookstore
117 University Ave
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757
To order, use B219 for the map-id.


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