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: lower than average abundance, smaller than average size.
Crappie: lower than 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:

The lake suffered a significant winterkill in the winter of 2013-2014 which resulted in a large decrease in the population of bass and panfish. Largemouth bass were stocked in the spring of 2014, but it is expected to be 3 or 4 years for bass and bluegill populations to recover.
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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