Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: EAGLE

Nearest Town: Eagle Lake
Primary County: Blue Earth
Survey Date: 06/14/2004
Inventory Number: 07-0060-00
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
County Concrete NORTH SHORE, COUNTY OWNED.
Minnesota DNR Carry-in Foot access from Sakatah State Trail.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 914.00
Littoral Area (acres): 914.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 9.00
Water Clarity (ft): 1.00

Dominant Bottom Substrate: sand, muck, gravel
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: abundant
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 3.00


Did you know? The state operates 17 hatcheries: 5 for trout and salmon and 12 for coolwater species.

Fish Sampled up to the 2004 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Bigmouth Buffalo Trap net 0.3 0.2 - 1.5 7.03 1.3 - 5.1
Black Bullhead Gill net 189.7 4.6 - 83.0 0.08 0.2 - 0.6
  Trap net 160.2 1.3 - 78.1 0.10 0.2 - 0.6
Black Crappie Gill net 3.7 0.8 - 11.1 0.19 0.2 - 0.4
  Trap net 16.7 1.0 - 12.3 0.21 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 1.1 1.0 - 14.9 0.14 0.2 - 0.4
Common Carp Gill net 3.0 0.5 - 9.1 1.82 1.0 - 4.9
  Trap net 10.0 0.7 - 5.1 3.75 2.3 - 5.6
Channel Catfish Gill net 0.7 N/A - N/A 1.69 N/A - N/A
  Trap net 0.2 N/A - N/A 2.05 N/A - N/A
Freshwater Drum Gill net 6.3 3.6 - 24.2 0.36 0.3 - 1.0
  Trap net 1.4 0.4 - 4.0 2.68 0.5 - 1.7
Golden Shiner Trap net 0.2 0.2 - 1.0 0.06 0.1 - 0.1
Northern Pike Gill net 11.0 1.2 - 7.8 3.79 1.5 - 3.0
  Trap net 5.7 N/A - N/A 3.84 N/A - N/A
Walleye Gill net 14.3 3.2 - 15.3 1.07 0.9 - 1.9
  Trap net 1.7 0.3 - 1.7 1.67 0.9 - 2.4
White Crappie Trap net 0.1 0.5 - 15.9 0.20 0.2 - 0.5
White Sucker Gill net 0.3 0.8 - 5.9 0.96 1.4 - 2.2
  Trap net 0.2 0.3 - 1.3 1.40 1.3 - 2.6
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.2 0.5 - 4.1 0.53 0.4 - 0.8
Yellow Perch Trap net 0.1 0.3 - 2.6 0.04 0.1 - 0.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2004 Survey Year

Species Number of fish caught in each category (inches)
0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30+ Total
Black Bullhead 156 126 2 1 0 0 0 0 285
Black Crappie 1 153 7 0 0 0 0 0 161
Bluegill 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Channel Catfish 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Northern Pike 0 0 0 0 0 29 52 3 84
Walleye 0 0 12 20 24 1 1 0 58
White Crappie 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Yellow Bullhead 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Yellow Perch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1


For the record, the largest Brook Trout taken in Minnesota weighed 6 lbs., 5.6 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Pigeon River, Cook County
    When: 9/2/00
    Statistics: 24" length, 14.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2010 Walleye fry 463,597 4.0
2009 Walleye fry 904,005 9.0
2008 Walleye fry 512,500 5.0
  Walleye fry 440,000 4.0
2007 Northern Pike fry 235,492 4.0
  Walleye fry 3,640,000 33.5
2005 Walleye fry 503,120 4.8
2004 Walleye fry 926,500 8.5

Privately Stocked Fish
* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

Stocking Fish Sizes
Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.
Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.
Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.
Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.

Fish Consumption Guidelines

These fish consumption guidelines help people make choices about which fish to eat and how often. Following the guidelin es enables people to reduce their exposure to contaminants while still enjoying the many benefits from fish.

Pregnant Women, Women who may become pregnant and Children under age 15

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
EAGLE
Blue Earth Co., 07006000
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Carp All sizes        
Crappie   All sizes     Mercury
Freshwater Drum All sizes        
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury
Yellow Perch   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
EAGLE
Blue Earth Co., 07006000
Bullhead   All sizes     Mercury
Carp All sizes        
Crappie All sizes        
Freshwater Drum All sizes        
Yellow Perch All sizes        

DOWID - MN DNR, Division of Waters' lake ID number.

Contaminants listed were measured at levels that trigger advice to limit consumption.

Listing of consumption guidelines do not imply the fish are legal to keep, MN DNR fishing regulations should be consulted.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate


Status of the Fishery (as of 06/14/2004)

Eagle Lake is located northeast of Mankato north of Highway 14 and south of Blue Earth County Highway 26. A fishery survey was conducted on Eagle Lake in 2004 to assess the fish community and aquatic habitat. Low oxygen conditions occurred in Eagle Lake in early 2001 which resulted in substantial winterkill of fish. Following the winterkill walleye fry and black crappie and yellow perch adults were stocked. In the 2004 survey black bullhead were the most abundant species in both gill and trap net catches. Black bullhead in the gill nets were mostly around 5 inch and those in the trap nets were around 5 to 7 inches long. Gill net catches of walleye and northern pike were fairly high. Most walleye were around 10 to 20 inches and northern pike were between 20 and 30 inches long. Both the northern pike and the walleye were mostly from the 2001 year class - age 3 in 2004. The northern pike were naturally spawned and the walleye were from fry stocking. Black crappie were fairly common with most around 6 to 7 inches long. Other species present include carp, channel catfish, freshewater drum, white sucker, bigmouth buffalo, bluegill, golden shiner, white crappie, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch.

A public boat launch is located on the north shore on county highway 26. The county park here provides good shore fishing opportunity. The Sakatah State Trail bisects Eagle Lake, running between the north and south basins. Cattails are abundant along much of the shore, but submergent plant were limited to depths less than 3 feet. Water clarity is generally low. Water to around 10 feet deep occurs in the middle of the northern portion of Eagle Lake. Other areas are fairly shallow - about 1 to 5 ft.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
PO Box 86
50317 Fish Hatchery Rd
Waterville, MN 56096-0086
Phone: (507) 362-4223
Internet: Waterville Fisheries
E-Mail: Waterville.Fisheries@state.mn.us

Lake maps can be obtained from:

Minnesota Bookstore
660 Olive Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757
To order, use C2037 for the map-id.


For general DNR Information, contact:

DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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