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Name: Steamboat

Nearest Town: Cass Lake
Primary County: Cass
Survey Date: 07/24/2006
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.


Fish Health:

Disease:Heterosporis sp.Date Tested:4/3/2001Result:Positive
Source: MNDNR

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1755.64
Littoral Area (acres): 532
Maximum Depth (ft): 93
Water Clarity (ft): 7.5

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


Did you know? The DNR Section of Fisheries has a full-time staff of 285. There are 4 regional and 28 area fisheries offices.

Fish Sampled for the 2006 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 0.73 0.3 - 2.1 0.50 0.4 - 0.8
Gill net 0.93 0.5 - 4.1 0.67 0.6 - 1.0
Black Crappie Trap net 0.07 0.3 - 1.7 0.06 0.3 - 0.6
Bluegill Trap net 11.67 3.7 - 42.9 0.15 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 0.20 N/A 0.20 N/A
Bowfin (dogfish) Trap net 0.87 0.3 - 1.1 4.63 3.9 - 5.1
Gill net 0.07 0.1 - 0.2 6.12 3.0 - 5.2
Brown Bullhead Trap net 1.67 0.3 - 1.7 0.57 0.7 - 1.1
Gill net 0.47 0.3 - 1.6 0.58 0.7 - 1.2
Burbot Gill net 0.07 0.1 - 0.2 2.86 1.1 - 2.7
Hybrid Sunfish Trap net 0.40 N/A 0.39 N/A
Largemouth Bass Trap net 0.47 0.4 - 1.4 0.63 0.3 - 0.7
Northern Pike Trap net 0.07 N/A 4.45 N/A
Gill net 6.07 3.0 - 7.9 3.55 1.7 - 2.8
Pumpkinseed Trap net 1.87 1.6 - 6.9 0.15 0.1 - 0.3
Rock Bass Trap net 1.93 0.7 - 3.3 0.12 0.2 - 0.5
Gill net 3.07 1.0 - 6.6 0.51 0.3 - 0.5
Tullibee (cisco) Gill net 1.60 0.5 - 5.2 0.40 0.4 - 1.0
Walleye Trap net 0.80 0.3 - 0.9 1.65 1.0 - 2.2
Gill net 7.00 4.0 - 9.6 1.28 1.1 - 1.9
White Sucker Trap net 0.27 0.2 - 0.8 1.81 1.4 - 2.7
Gill net 5.07 1.0 - 3.5 1.38 1.5 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 1.33 0.9 - 4.8 0.68 0.7 - 1.0
Gill net 0.93 0.6 - 6.4 0.77 0.6 - 0.9
Yellow Perch Trap net 3.73 0.7 - 3.7 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Gill net 93.60 7.1 - 33.9 0.13 0.1 - 0.2
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species Sampled for the 2006 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 0 5 20 0 0 0 0 0 25
black crappie 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
bluegill 104 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 178
bowfin (dogfish) 0 0 0 0 1 8 5 0 14
brown bullhead 0 5 24 3 0 0 0 0 32
burbot 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
hybrid sunfish 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
largemouth bass 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 7
northern pike 0 0 0 0 18 40 24 10 92
pumpkinseed 20 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 28
rock bass 33 25 17 0 0 0 0 0 75
tullibee (cisco) 0 3 20 1 0 0 0 0 24
walleye 0 2 29 30 45 10 1 0 117
white sucker 0 17 6 17 38 2 0 0 80
yellow bullhead 0 0 32 2 0 0 0 0 34
yellow perch 729 700 28 3 0 0 0 0 1460


For the record, the largest Warmouth taken in Minnesota weighed 6.2 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Airport Lake, Winona County
    When: 3/6/07
    Statistics: 7.3" length, 7" girth

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
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 fingerlings 2,276 256.0
  Walleye fingerlings 2,070 140.0
  Walleye adults 115 110.0
  Walleye yearlings 46 25.0
  Walleye fry 1,500,000 12.7
2006 Walleye fingerlings 9,120 225.0
  Walleye fingerlings 8,016 356.3
  Walleye fry 1,541,520 15.4
  Walleye yearlings 6,510 432.0
  Walleye adults 11 11.0
2005 Walleye fingerlings 12,925 575.0
  Walleye fry 900,000 6.6
  Walleye fry 1,500,000 12.5
2004 Walleye fry 1,500,000 12.5
  Walleye fingerlings 3,600 90.0
  Walleye fingerlings 20,904 623.0

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
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 07/24/2006)

Steamboat Lake is a 1775-acre lake located near Cass Lake, MN that has 8.24 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 93 feet. There is a DNR-owned public access on the northeast shore just off Highway 371. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) 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 generally very large, deep, clear, and irregularly shaped lakes.

The 2006 gill net catch rate of northern pike in Steamboat Lake was near the median for lakes of similar qualities and consistent with the past three surveys. The mean length of fish sampled was 24 inches, and fish up to 33 inches were sampled and the size structure has been consistent. Walleye are present in Steamboat Lake and their numbers have been increasing during the last three surveys. The mean length of fish sampled was 15 inches, and fish up to 25 inches were sampled. Yellow perch, preferred forage for northern pike and walleye, are abundant in Steamboat Lake. Most yellow perch are on the small side; 89% of the fish were less than 8 inches. However, fish up to 13 inches were sampled.

Other fish species that are available to anglers to catch are black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, bowfin, brown bullhead, burbot, cisco, largemouth bass, rock bass, white sucker, and yellow bullhead.

Anglers can help maintain or improve the quality of fishing by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest allows for the harvest of smaller fish for table fare, but encourages release of medium- to large-sized fish. Releasing these fish can help maintain balance in the fish community in Steamboat Lake and provide anglers the opportunity to catch more and larger fish in the future.

Shoreline areas on the land and into the shallow water provide essential habitat for fish and wildlife that live in or near Minnesota s lakes. Overdeveloped shorelines cannot support the fish, wildlife, and clean water that are associated with natural undeveloped lakes.

Shoreline habitat consists of aquatic plants, woody plants, and natural lake bottom soils. Plants in the water and at the water s edge provide habitat, prevent erosion, and absorb excess nutrients. Shrubs, trees, and woody debris such as fallen trees or limbs provide good habitat both above and below the water and should be left in place. By leaving a buffer strip of natural vegetation along the shoreline, property owners can reduce erosion, help maintain water quality, and provide habitat and travel corridors for wildlife.


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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