Lyman Lakes and the Cannon River are home to many fish species. These species are most commonly seen at the end of a fisherman’s pole, but if you stand on the bridges over Lyman Lakes, or watch closely enough from the river bank you may be able to see a few of them as they glide though the water. For more information on fish of Minnesota and fishing regulations in the area, visit the DNR page on fish. The following list of species has been compiled from fish surveys done by the DNR in 1983 and 2010.


Cannon River (Game fish data collected in 2010 downstream from the Arboretum):

Esox lucius– Northern Pike

Esox masquinongy– Musky (Observed by DNR staff at a separate time from survey)

Lepomis macrochirus– Bluegill

Letalurus puntatus– Channel Catfish

Micropterus dolomieu– Smallmouth Bass

Micropterus salmoides– Largemouth Bass

Morone chrysops– White Bass

Sander vitreus- Walleye

Read the 2010 DNR Report.

Lyman Lakes (Data collected in 1983):

Ameiurus melas– Black Bullhead

Catostomus commersonii– White Sucker

Cyprinus carpio– Common Carp

Lepomis cyanellus– Green Sunfish

Lepomis macrochirus– Bluegill

Lepomis sp.– Hybrid Sunfish

Notemigonus crysoleucas– Golden Shiner

Pomoxis annularis– White Crappie

Pomoxis nigromaculatus– Black Crappie

Check out the DNR LakeFinder Analysis of Lyman Lakes.