Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Eagle Lake CFP

Nearest Town: Eagle Lake
Primary County: Blue Earth
Survey Date: 06/09/2014
Inventory Number: 07016100

Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
City Other

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1.22
Littoral Area (acres): 1.22
Maximum Depth (ft): 5
Water Clarity (ft): N/A

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): N/A

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

Fish Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year


Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)


Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 103.00 N/A 0.06 N/A
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.

Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2014 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 284 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 306

For the record, the largest Black Bullhead taken in Minnesota weighed 3 lb., 13.12 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Reno Lake, Pope County
    When: 6/8/97
    Statistics: 17.17" length, 14.96" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Black Crappie adults 1,278 255.5
  Bluegill adults 848 169.5
2011 Black Crappie adults 1,170 260.0
  Bluegill adults 205 50.0
2010 Black Crappie adults 276 84.0
  Bluegill adults 756 126.0
2009 Bluegill adults 1,070 165.0
2008 Black Crappie adults 1,235 235.0
  Bluegill adults 440 90.0
2007 Black Crappie1 adults 800 320.0
2006 Black Crappie adults 1,450 290.0
  Bluegill adults 240 30.0
2005 Black Crappie adults 720 180.0

Stocking Notes
1 - indicates fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.
2 - indicates fish purchased by the DNR for stocking.

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

No fish consumption guidelines are available for this lake. For more information, see the "Fish Consumption Advice" pages at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Status of the Fishery (as of 06/09/2014)

Introduction Eagle Lake Children's Fishing Pond (CFP) is a 1 acre pond located in Blue Earth County within the city limits of Eagle Lake. The pond is not large enough for boats, so there is no boat access. Shore fishing is available around the perimeter of the lake, however. Eagle Lake CFP is a small pond with a maximum depth of 5 feet. The pond is managed as an urban fishery to provide an opportunity for anglers, especially children, to catch fish. Urban fisheries like this are great opportunities to introduce children to fishing. Stocking is based on the current fish community, anticipated fishing pressure, and recent fishing reports. Potential fish species to stock that are favorable for small urban ponds include bluegill, black crappie, and yellow perch. Eagle Lake CFP was surveyed the week of June 9, 2014 as part of a regular monitoring program conducted by Minnesota DNR. This survey was intended to assess the fish community by deploying three trap nets.

Fish Community The fish community at the time of the 2014 survey consisted exclusively of black bullhead, suggesting that Eagle Lake CFP experienced a winterkill during the harsh winter of 2014. The black bullhead catch rate was 103 fish/net, which is the highest catch rate since 1992 when the catch rate was 269.3 fish/net. Most black bullhead sampled in this survey were small, with lengths ranging from 3.8 to 9.0 inches. Ninety-three percent of all measured fish were less than 6.0 inches in length. Eagle Lake CFP appears to have experienced a winterkill, so fish will likely be stocked in 2015 pending surplus availability and angling pressure.

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

Lake maps can be obtained from:

Minnesota Bookstore
660 Olive Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757
No depth map available.

For general DNR Information, contact:

DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
TDD: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR

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