Fisheries Lake Survey

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Name: Eagle

Nearest Town: Mountain Lake
Primary County: Cottonwood
Survey Date: 08/18/2008
Inventory Number: 17002000
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Public Access Information

Ownership Type Description
DNR Gravel


Fish Health:

Disease:Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)Date Tested:4/13/2010Result:Negative
Source: MNDNR

Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 105.41
Littoral Area (acres): 120
Maximum Depth (ft): 8
Water Clarity (ft): 1.2

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


Did you know? Each year, DNR fisheries personnel stock game fish fry and fingerlings in lakes lacking habitat for natural reproduction.

Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year

Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead Trap net 5.00 11.5 - 132.6 0.36 0.2 - 0.4
Gill net 251.00 30.3 - 150.6 0.34 0.2 - 0.4
Black Crappie Trap net 1.50 1.2 - 20.5 0.35 0.2 - 0.5
Bluegill Trap net 7.75 1.2 - 20.0 0.30 0.1 - 0.4
Gill net 9.00 N/A 0.27 N/A
Northern Pike Trap net 0.25 N/A 3.31 N/A
Walleye Trap net 2.12 0.5 - 3.0 1.21 0.8 - 2.3
Gill net 27.00 2.3 - 18.1 0.85 1.0 - 2.3
Yellow Bullhead Trap net 0.75 0.5 - 2.5 0.32 0.3 - 0.7
Yellow Perch Trap net 12.75 0.3 - 3.8 0.12 0.1 - 0.3
Gill net 127.00 2.7 - 25.0 0.22 0.1 - 0.3
Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.


Length of Selected Species (Trapnet, Gillnet) Sampled for the 2008 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 1 264 21 1 0 0 0 0 291
black crappie 1 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 12
bluegill 1 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 71
northern pike 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
walleye 0 2 6 29 4 3 0 0 44
yellow bullhead 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
yellow perch 96 109 14 1 0 0 0 0 229


For the record, the largest Bluegill taken in Minnesota weighed 2 lbs., 13 oz. and was caught:

    Where: Alice Lake, Hubbard County
    When: 1948

Fish Stocking Activity

Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years

Year Species Size Number Pounds
2012 Walleye fry 120,748 1.1
2011 Northern Pike fingerlings 1,207 8.3
2010 Northern Pike adults 6 12.0
  Northern Pike fingerlings 1,291 7.6
2009 Walleye fry 87,914 0.8
2007 Northern Pike fingerlings 252 4.2
  Walleye fry 92,045 0.9
2004 Northern Pike fingerlings 880 6.0

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

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 08/18/2008)

Eagle is a 120-acre lake located between Mountain Lake and Bingham Lake in Cottonwood County. The lake has a maximum depth of 8.0 feet, has a shoreline length of 1.5 miles and is a class 43 lake. The lake is managed for yellow perch primarily while walleye and yellow bullhead are managed secondarily. Eagle Lake was reclaimed in the fall of 1998 as part of the Mountain Lake reclamation. The lake was re-stocked in the spring of 1999 with yellow perch, yellow bullhead, and walleye. Northern pike fingerlings were added in 2004 and 2007.

Eagle Lake has an excellent yellow perch population. In lakes similar to Eagle, we would expect to catch anywhere from 2.7 to 25.0 yellow perch per gill net. The gill net catch rate was 127.0 yellow perch per net during the 2008 assessment. Lengths of yellow perch caught in our gill nets ranged from 5.5 to 12.6 inches and averaged 7.7 inches.

Eagle also has a very good walleye population present. In lakes similar to Eagle, we would expect to see catch rates from 2.3 to 18.0 walleye per gill net. The gill net catch rate was 27.0 walleye per net in 2008. Lengths of walleye caught in gill nets ranged from 11.5 to 18.8 inches and averaged 13.4 inches. The small average length can be attributed to catching large numbers of age 1 and age 2 walleye.

Eagle Lake has a better than average bluegill population present. The average number of bluegill we would expect to catch in trap nets is 4 bluegill per net. During the 2008 survey we caught 7.8 bluegill per net. Lengths of bluegill sampled in trap nets ranged from 6.0 to 7.5 inches and averaged 6.8 inches.

There is an average number black crappie present in Eagle Lake. Lengths of black crappie ranged from 2.5 to 13.2 inches and averaged 7.6 inches.

If you are looking for a good meal of bullhead, Eagle might be a good place to go. There are good numbers of bullhead and their lengths ranged from 4.9 to 12.3 inches and averaged 8.3 inches.

To maintain a healthy fishery in Eagle Lake, we need to promote Best Management Practices (BMPs) within the watershed to help reduce nutrients entering the lake. High nutrients and sediments in a lake can cause algae blooms and reduce water clarity.


For more information on this lake, contact:

Area Fisheries Supervisor
175 Co Rd 26
Windom, MN 56101-1868
Phone: (507) 831-2900
Internet: Windom Fisheries
E-Mail: Windom.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
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
Internet: www.dnr.state.mn.us
E-Mail: info.dnr@state.mn.us

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