Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Steamboat

Nearest Town: Cass Lake
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 04/28/2014
Inventory Number: 11050400
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Concrete NE corner of the lake.
DNR Earthen NE corner of the lake.


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1755.68
Littoral Area (acres): 532
Maximum Depth (ft): 93
Water Clarity (ft): 8.7 (7.5-9.8)

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


Did you know? The annual budget for the Section of Fisheries is approximately $17 million, which is funded primarily by fishing license and stamp fees and by a federal excise tax on fishing and boating equipment.

Fish Sampled for the 2014 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Crappie Trap net 0.20 0.3 - 1.7 0.69 0.3 - 0.6
Gill net 0.80 0.2 - 1.1 0.96 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 6.60 3.7 - 42.9 0.22 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 1.13 N/A 0.22 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.40 0.3 - 1.1 3.91 3.9 - 5.1
Brown Bullhead Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 1.7 1.03 0.7 - 1.1
Gill net 0.07 0.3 - 1.6 1.13 0.7 - 1.2
Burbot Gill net 0.13 0.1 - 0.2 2.70 1.1 - 2.7
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.13 N/A 0.39 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.27 0.4 - 1.4 1.25 0.3 - 0.7
Gill net 0.60 0.3 - 1.2 1.61 0.6 - 1.0
Northern Pike Trap net 0.27 N/A 2.09 N/A
Gill net 10.00 3.0 - 7.9 2.40 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.20 1.6 - 6.9 0.16 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 2.73 N/A 0.15 N/A
Rock Bass Trap net 1.07 0.7 - 3.3 0.39 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 4.60 1.0 - 6.6 0.29 0.3 - 0.5
Walleye Trap net 0.33 0.3 - 0.9 3.31 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 3.60 4.0 - 9.6 2.36 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Trap net 0.07 0.2 - 0.8 3.92 1.4 - 2.7
Gill net 3.13 1.0 - 3.5 2.09 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.27 0.9 - 4.8 0.75 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 0.80 0.6 - 6.4 0.65 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 1.00 0.7 - 3.7 0.17 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 28.47 7.1 - 33.9 0.17 0.1 - 0.2
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 crappie 0 0 11 4 0 0 0 0 15
bluegill 53 61 1 0 0 0 0 0 115
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 6
brown bullhead 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
burbot 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
hybrid sunfish 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
largemouth bass 0 2 1 8 2 0 0 0 13
northern pike 0 0 0 2 45 82 16 9 154
pumpkinseed 39 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 59
rock bass 32 42 10 0 0 0 0 0 84
walleye 0 1 9 12 14 18 4 1 59
white sucker 0 0 3 4 40 1 0 0 48
yellow bullhead 1 1 11 3 0 0 0 0 16
yellow perch 149 234 57 0 0 0 0 0 440


For the record, the largest Flathead Catfish taken in Minnesota weighed 70 lbs. and was caught:

    Where: St. Croix River
    When: 1970

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2014 walleye fry 579,915 5.0
  walleye fry 152,424 1.3
2013 Walleye fingerlings 43,910 565.0
2012 Walleye fry 642,936 5.3
2011 Walleye fingerlings 11,200 560.0
2010 Walleye fry 537,272 4.2
2009 Walleye fingerlings 31,182 662.0
2007 Walleye yearlings 46 25.0
  Walleye fry 1,500,000 12.7
  Walleye fingerlings 2,276 256.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,070 140.0
  Walleye adults 115 110.0
2006 Walleye fry 1,541,520 15.4
  Walleye fingerlings 8,016 356.3
  Walleye fingerlings 9,120 225.0
  Walleye adults 11 11.0
  Walleye yearlings 6,510 432.0
2005 Walleye fry 1,500,000 12.5
  Walleye fry 900,000 6.6
  Walleye fingerlings 12,925 575.0

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

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
STEAMBOAT
Cass Co., 11050400
Bluegill Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Northern Pike     All sizes   Mercury
Sunfish   All sizes     Mercury
Walleye     All sizes   Mercury
White Sucker   All sizes     Mercury

General Population

LAKE NAME
County, DOWID
Species Meal Advice Contaminants
Unrestricted 1 meal/week 1 meal/month Do not eat
STEAMBOAT
Cass Co., 11050400
Bluegill Sunfish All sizes        
Northern Pike   All sizes     Mercury
Sunfish All sizes        
Walleye   All sizes     Mercury
White Sucker 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 04/28/2014)

Steamboat Lake (DOW# 11-0504; Lake Class 22) is a 1,755-acre lake located north of Walker, MN. There is a DNR owned public access on the northeast shore. Steamboat Lake has 8.24 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 93 feet. The DNR has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different classes based on physical, chemical and other characteristics. Steamboat Lake is in lake class 22; lakes in this class are very large, very deep, clear, and irregularly shaped.

Northern Pike are abundant in Steamboat Lake and catch rates are above average compared to other Walker Fisheries Management Class 22 lakes. In addition to good numbers of Northern Pike, there are many larger fish present. The mean length for Northern Pike was 22 inches and fish up to 35 inches were sampled. While Walleye gill net catch rates were lower compared to the past few years, Walleye lengths ranged from 8 to 30 inches, with 40% of Walleyes sampled exceeding 20 inches long. Bluegill and Black Crappie can also provide additional quality fishing opportunities to anglers. Bluegills over 9 inches and Black Crappie over 14 inches were sampled. Other fish species that anglers can expect to encounter include, Brown Bullhead, Burbot, Bowfin (Dogfish), Hybrid Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Tullibee (Cisco), White Sucker, and Yellow Bullhead.

People can have significant impacts on lakes and the fish populations they support. Harvest, lakeshore development, removal of shoreline vegetation, and introductions of invasive species can all adversely affect fish populations. Rusty Crayfish have been identified in Steamboat Lake. AIS (aquatic invasive species) are moved from infested to non-infested waters by anglers, boaters, and lake shore owners and can adversely impact lakes and fish populations. To avoid spreading AIS, lake users are required to remove all aquatic plants or animals from their watercraft and drain all water from their boat before leaving the access. If you suspect an infestation of an invasive species in this lake, save a specimen and report it to a local natural resource office. Additional information on all of these topics can be found on the DNR website (www.dnr.state.mn.us) or by contacting the Walker Area Fisheries office.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
07316 State Hwy 371 NW
Walker, MN 56484
Phone: (218) 547-1683
Internet: Walker Fisheries
E-Mail: Walker.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 C1254 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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