Snail Lake

Location:

Snail Lake lies south of Highway 96 west of Hodson Road.


 

Species Present:

Walleye: lower than average abundance, smaller than average size.
Northern Pike: higher than average abundance, smaller than average size.
Largemouth Bass: lower than average abundance, smaller than average size.
Bluegill: higher than average abundance, smaller than average size.
Crappie: average abundance, smaller than average size.
Bullhead species: higher than average abundance, smaller than average size.


 

Boat Access:

Access to this lake is located on the south shore of the lake in Snail Lake Regional Park. Turn off Hodson Road (Mn. 49) onto Snail Lake Road. Follow Snail Lake Road to Snail Lake Blvd., then turn left around the lake to the park.


 

Shore Fishing:

Anglers may fish from shore in the park. Fishing may be limited by shallow water, aquatic vegetation or overhanging trees.


 

Management Plans:

  1. Population assessment in 2016.
  2. Stock 260,000 walleye fry (2,000 per littoral acre) in even numbered years.
  3. Monitor winter oxygen levels as needed.


 

Exotic Species Alert:

This lake contains Eurasian water milfoil. Remove all visible plant material from your boat, boat trailer, and other boating equipment before leaving the lake.


 

Comments:

Small sunfish are the most common fish in Snail Lake. Walleye management was resumed in 2001, but little success has been observed as yet. The lake suffered a partial winterkill in 2001 which killed most of the bass in the lake. Bass were restocked in the spring of 2002, but bass anglers should expect to catch smaller fish.
Fishing on this lake can be limited by low water levels some years. The lake association has supplemented low water levels with water purchased from the St. Paul Water Utility. This generally results in lower water quality those years water level is supplemented.


 

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